What is the future for air transport?
Aviation not only has a unique role in bringing people from all parts of the world and cultures together, but also businesses. Often, air transport is the only practical and also most sustainable way to cover large distances in a relatively short time. It is one of the most efficient ways to connect cities and regions to domestic or global markets.
Worldwide air traffic doubles every 15 years and in some regions of the world, growth is even more pronounced. One major reason for this positive growth rate is increased urbanisation and access to aviation in emerging markets with large concentrations of population and India is a good example of this.
India is one of the fastest growing markets in the world and with a predicted annual increase in traffic of above seven per cent in the next 20 years. According to Airbus’ latest market forecast Indian carriers require over 1000 new passenger aircraft valued at US$145 billion between now and 2030 to satisfy surging demand. India’s market for new aircraft makes it the world’s fourth largest in both number of aircraft and value.
But what about looking even further into the future, when by 2050 the world’s population will have reached roughly 9 billion people, who will need and want to travel?
In its report “The Future by Airbus,” Airbus hypothesises how the industry, aircraft and passengers might change by 2050 – while highlighting potential steps to meet tomorrow’s needs of a better-connected and more sustainable world. The report covers anything from new energy sources, a more efficient air traffic management to new aircraft or cabin designs.
The Airbus pavilion at the Indo-German Urban Mela offers a glimpse into this future of aviation. An animated short film in the pavilions cinema depicts the challenges the aviation industry is facing now and in 40 years time and shows possible solutions. Visitors can see a 1:50 scale of the Airbus Concept Plane. It is an engineer’s dream that embodies what air transport could look like in 2050. Furthermore, Airbus invites the visitors to discover what the future of flight might look like form the passengers’ perspective via the Airbus Concept Cabin iPad application.
India is a strategic country for Airbus, and cooperation between the two dates back over 30 years. Since 1976, when the first Airbus aircraft started operations in the fleet of airlines in India, the partnership between Airbus and India has grown phenomenally and is continuously growing at a steady pace. Besides a current 75 per cent market share and long lasting relationship with all major Indian carriers, Airbus has increased its presence in India since 2007 with the Airbus Engineering Centre India and Airbus Training India, both situated in Bengaluru. Furthermore Airbus has long term industrial cooperations with many companies all over India contributing to virtually all Airbus aircraft programmes.