It is fair to say that air travel has come a long way since it was first introduced in the 20th century. Due to rapid leaps in technology and air travel being made more accessible through lower prices and budget airlines, travelling by plane is now the most popular method for going on holiday/overseas.

It is estimated that there are at least 5000 planes in the air at any given time, showing just how massive the aviation industry is. In light of this, here are some of the ways technology may continue to change air travel. 

Faster Flights

Not only have planes grown in number over the years, but they have also become much faster. This trend is likely to continue as ultra-fast planes are developed in the future, which may be capable of reaching some of the furthest destinations in an incredibly short amount of time. 

Inventor Charles Bombardier, for instance, has come up with the concept of a plane capable of travelling at 16000 mph, which is fast enough to reach Australia from the UK in less than 30 minutes (a trip which would normally take 24 hours). Even a plane travelling at half this speed would revolutionise air travel as we know it.

Executive Travel

For those using the likes of Fly Victor to travel in luxurious private jets, the technology could well allow for more comforts to be introduced in flight to make the trip even more special. As aviation technology develops to allow smaller planes to carry heavier loads, it is easy to envisage private jets with Jacuzzis, bedrooms and other facilities which are bound to keep even the fussiest of customers entertained.

Even regular commercial flights are likely to have more comfort/luxury added to them as technology continues to advance.

Automation/AI

Automated technology and artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the most talked about technological advancements of the modern age and with good reason. It could well be the case that AI will revolutionise air travel in a number of different areas.

It could, for one, remove the need for travel documents and security checks at airports, as well as improve the onboard experience through customisation based on each individual passenger’s likes/requirements (movies, food menus, reading material, for example).

Air travel clearly has a rich and promising future, with much to look forward to for the average customer. With technology continuing to advance at an ever faster rate, who knows what a normal plane journey will look like in ten years’ time. 

Published by Alex Hales