What is the Future of Air Travel?

What will the future look like for air travel in 2035? Find out more about the latest trends and how you can expect to change your flying experience over the next few years.

The reputation of air travel is that it can be uncomfortable, cramped and costly, especially during peak hours. It is also a major contributor of the greenhouse gas emissions that are responsible for climate change.

However, major changes are being made to air travel. In the coming decades, flying by plane should be more affordable, more comfortable, as well as more eco-friendly.

These are just a few of the many ways that air travel will change in the future.

1. Hydrogen-powered planes. Because modern planes burn kerosene, 3.6% of EU’s greenhouse gases are currently attributed to aviation. Recent research suggests that hydrogen-powered aircraft could be on the market by 2035. These planes would carry hundreds more passengers per flight than traditional ones, and use a cleaner source of energy.

2. Designing a wing that is more than a traditional one. Blended wing designs combine the fuselage and wing into one unit. This allows the whole aircraft to provide the lift necessary for flight. Commercial planes may include Delta wings, such as those on the Concorde or high-speed military jets.

KLM and Delft University of Technology are also working together on a Flying V plane. This plane has passenger cabins along each side of the v-shaped aircraft. According to KLM, this plane will offer 20% higher fuel efficiency than the A350.

3. Futuristic cabin design. Airline companies are always looking for ways to increase the number of passengers they can carry on each flight while maintaining comfort. We may soon see double-decker economy seats, which offer more space for passengers and a greater capacity for airlines.

4. Air taxis. Do you long to be able to fly in a flying car like Back to the Future? For short flights, aviation companies are looking for ways to move local transportation from the roads to the air using electrically-powered “airtaxis”.

Volocopter’s maiden flight for electrified single-aisle air transport was completed in 2017. The Lilium Jet from Munich can fly 300km an hour. The five-seater air taxi could begin operating in 2025. In major cities, air taxis could become as common as subway travel. As technology improves, autonomous air taxis could be created.

5. Supersonic flight is back. United plans to purchase 15 supersonic aircraftliners and hopes to “return to aviation supersonic speeds” by 2029. British Airways and Air France both retired the Concorde in 2003, ending previous supersonic passenger flights. Supersonic flight refers to an aircraft traveling faster than sound at an altitude of approximately 660mph (1.060km/h), or 60,000ft (18.300m).

6. Better in-flight entertainment. Future in-flight entertainment options will include more screens and more gaming. You can even take e-courses on-board. Panasonic is working with passengers to improve their health and wellbeing on flights. They have installed lighting that regulates circadian rhythms for long-haul flights, as well as reducing cabin noise to promote sleep.

VR and AR companies want to offer travelers more immersive experiences on their flights. British Airways and Alaska Airlines have tested SkyLight’s VR headsets for selected routes. We’ll see more opportunities to fly with immersive experiences as the metaverse develops.

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