It feels like air travel has reached its peak today, but in fact it has only just begun. The aircraft production has more than doubled every decade since the 70’s, and is expected to continue this growth at the same or even faster pace.
This puts enormous pressure on the industry to increase its productivity - new aircraft will be designed using lighter and more sustainable materials, which creates the need for new assembly methods.
The global middle-class is growing and our urban areas are expanding rapidly. It has been estimated that the number of megacities (with over 10 million people) will rise from 55 to 93 by the year 2035. Urban citizens are mobile by definition, and a majority of the world’s population will soon have the urge and economy to travel by air in the years to come.
The amount of aircrafts in the sky will be double in 15-20 years. This is around 40,000 and on top of this, 75% of existing aircrafts have to be replaced. Consequently, it means a production number of 35,000 aircrafts.
The Aerospace industry needs to reduce its CO2 emissions by 50% over the next 30 years. This can be accomplished partly by producing more efficient air transportation, but manufacturers will also need to improve production methods and use smarter tools.