It feels like air travel has reached its peak today, it has in fact only just begun. The aircraft production has more than doubled every decade since the 70’s, and it is expected to continuous this growth in the same or even faster pace.
This does not only put enormous pressure on the industry to increase its productivity. New aircrafts 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 until 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 the existing aircrafts has 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 party by producing more efficient flying vehicles, but the manufacturers will also need to improve production methods and use smarter tools.