Frequent flyers that are constantly traveling for business conferences or other activities, especially in Asia and the Middle East, will be happy to hear that they soon will no longer have to go through so many connections and wasted hours in airports before they arrive at their final destination. This is due to a new generation of fuel-efficient airplanes, which is currently being developed.
The plan is to make planes such as 787 Dreamliner or Airbus A350 viable for non-stop routes that were never seen before, because of the optimization on the use of their fuel, which allows them to fly to further destinations without the need of stopping. These planes will fly to smaller cities, particularly in Asia and the Middle Ear.
Over the last two years many new flight routes have already been established between places like he US West Coast and interior cities of China; Perth and London; Doha, Qatar and Edinburgh, Scotland; and Sao Paulo and Lome, Togo.
However, the Fleet of the Future – the one being built over the next decade – promises many positive changes for flyers. Airlines are expected to increase their number of passenger planes in over 10 thousand by 2027, with 20,000 new aircraft projected to be delivered to worldwide commercial operators and 10,000 older aircrafts being taken out of service, according to Oliver Wyman’s Fleet forecast. Ten years from now, 58 percent of the global airline fleet will be planes designed and built after 2000. The average age of the fleet will drop to 9.7 years old from 11.2 years today.
These statistics are good news for both airlines and passengers. The newer jets have more digitized systems and predictive maintenance that should keep planes flying longer and provide new services to passengers and the crew. With one quarter of delays airline-related, the better overall reliability may translate into more on-time takeoffs and arrivals — also a big plus for weary business travelers.
The aircrafts of the future will also have a significantly smaller noise and carbon footprints, lowering the carbon dioxide emissions in over 20 percent when compared to the older planes.
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