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The cost of powering aircraft with jet fuel, the current source of aviation energy will rise as...
Driving down the real costs (monetary and environmental) of aviation will be achieved by...
We’ll need more aircraft to meet this extra demand and replace existing aircraft, with an...
Since the 1980s the number of flights has more than doubled allowing more people around the world to...
The cost of powering those aircraft with jet fuel, the current source of aviation energy, will rise as reserves reduce. Fuel is currently 25% or more of an airline’s operating cost and we can now fly almost twice as far on each kilo of fuel than 40 years ago. However, we’re now flying ten times further than we were in the ‘70s.
We’ll need more
aircraft to meet this extra demand and replace existing aircraft, with an
operating life of 20 to 30 years, with more fuel efficient variants. This means
affordable growth is essential - by lowering the cost of
manufacturing and increasing reliability and efficiency of passenger aircraft.
Since the 1980s the number of flights has more than doubled, allowing more people around the world to enjoy the benefits of air transport. People want to fly and people want to fly more. As economies grow and people get wealthier, we predict that traffic growth will continue to double in the next 15 years, making the skies extremely busy and taking airports to maximum capacity.
Passengers want safety and efficiency with comfort and entertainment on board - but the passenger experience begins before you fly. On short haul flights, the time spent on check-in and boarding alone can frustratingly take longer than the flight itself, and this doesn’t include and time spent on baggage management.
As airports have grown, so too have the communities around them. They benefit from the jobs and commerce that are drawn to airports, but at times also suffer from increases to airport operations. Reducing noise, air pollution and local traffic congestion means community friendliness has to be considered, especially as capacity around the world increases.