Future of Air travel

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2016 - Q Apartments Team

Future of Air travel

We at Q Apartments are always looking to the future. Technology is moving at such a fast pace that it can be easy to be left behind. The internet is such a prominent feature in business, people can now communicate with any country with one click. That means companies can easily conduct business all over the world. The knock on effect of this is that business people are doing more travel than ever before.

Airlines are running more flights to more destinations than ever before to cater to the huge demand and airlines are constantly evolving to create a safe, comfortable and fast journey for their passengers. 

People want to get to their destination quickly, comfortably and safely. The groundbreaking supersonic Concord had its final flight in 2003.

Nearly thirteen years later and the appetite for supersonic travel is still there among business travellers where time saved is everything.  Such is the demand for lightning fast flights that The Guardian has reported that the Concord could be back in the skies within four years. If this happens we will see a return of incredibly fast flying times between the major cities. 

In 2010 Airbus unveiled its smarter skies program. This is aimed at having more flights, fewer emissions and quicker passenger journey times. Airbus claims that in the near future every flight will be 13 minutes quicker than previous times. This would save around 9 million tonnes of excess fuel annually, which equates to over 28 million tonnes of avoidable CO2 emissions and a saving for passengers of over 500 million hours of excess flight time on board an aircraft. Add to this new aircraft design, alternative energy sources and new ways of flying and you could see even more significant improvements.

Like supersonic flights, speed is the main issue when it comes to travel. All travellers, whether for business or leisure, are after a quicker, more pleasant journey. To facilitate this change airports are constantly evolving in an effort to speed up all elements of how we travel. Today the majority of business travellers will have only carry-on luggage and will have checked onto their flight before they reach the airport.

Airports recognise that people are stretched for time and have introduced new technologies to facilitate speedy journeys through airports. From facial recognition machines checking passengers in to individually tailored apps that will keep you updated on your flight times and provide directions to your gate, the airport is trying to get you to your plane as quickly as possible. Some airports have introduced more radical changes such as Dusseldorf airport in Germany, which currently has three robots that park passengers’ cars.

In order to cut down the queues, airports are now introducing procedures to optimise the workflow, based on the Smart Security System developed by IATA. In London’s Gatwick Airport, for example, passengers are now guided to form several queues at each X-ray machine’s conveyor belt. It makes the process of picking apart one’s luggage much more efficient. On the other side of the security check, meanwhile, passengers are offered numerous desks to repack their stuff, with dividers offering a semblance of privacy.

Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport uses a similar system to load the trays and cut down the queues, while a new auto scan system performs an initial assessment of the content of the tray, and shows the operator an image only when it spots a suspicious item.

As the airport and the customer experience they provide evolves it is predicted they will become less like traditional airports and more like mini cities, where people who are not travelling will come to eat and shop at the airport, similar to the airports in Dubai and the Middle East.

The world is now a faster place than ever before and airports and airlines are constantly striving to make your journey faster all the time. 



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