Have you ever wondered what air travel might look like in the future? Whether you’re an aspiring pilot or just love to travel the future of air travel is changing at a rapid pace. The flight experience for everyone on board will transforming for the better in the not too distant future. Let’s take a look at some of the future changes to look out for in the air travel industry.
Say Goodbye to Entertainment Screens
More and more budget airlines are discontinuing seat-back inflight entertainment screens. Getting rid of them cuts aircraft weight, saves the airline money, and creates a new potential income stream. Instead, airlines are starting to stream inflight video to an app that passengers can download to their own devices or on a rented one from the airline.
LED Cabin Lighting
Softer and easier on the eyes, LED lighting can be tuned to different color spectrums. Some airlines create a mood by having the colors match the time of day at the destination – cool and bright at midday to a soft glow at dawn and dusk. LED lighting systems also weigh less and use about half the power of fluorescent lighting.
Aircraft cabins are getting quieter. Engines have become more efficient and are emitting less noise. Composite materials provide better aircraft insulation than traditional all-metal aircraft. A big bonus for all those red-eye travelers trying to catch some sleep in route.
Rock Bottom Prices
More and more people around the world are taking to the skies for air travel. The competition on major routes and low fuel costs are keeping prices favorable for passengers. The trend only looks to continue with more carriers joining the market.
It’s still on the drawing board, but before you know it, you’ll have access to a supersonic passenger flight. Leading the pack is Boom Technology, a US start-up that plans to test fly its XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator “Baby Boom” this year. For perspective it sonic flights would shorten a flight from Australia to Los Angeles from 14 hours to about 7 hours!
When you’re flying across the ocean on a double-digit hour flight, you’re going to want to sleep. Factory Design’s “Air Lair” concept offers passengers their own personalized cocoon with adjustable light, sound, and temperature. An aircraft’s cargo space and the area between the stowage bins and fuselage could possibly accommodate the cocoon-like sleeping bunks.
These are just some of the changes coming to air travel. The bottom line is the demand for air travel is going to continue to rise, and the experience is going to only get better. There will be stripped down budget flights for those looking to travel on shoestring budgets, and more luxurious flights for those who demand and can afford the best accommodations new tech can offer.
If you’re thinking about being a part of the promising world of commercial air travel as a pilot, there is no better time to start your career than now. Book your Discovery Flight today!