Many of us have seen or experienced how much travel has changed and continues to change on a daily basis. From the way we book tickets, check-in, and go through security, to how airplanes are designed and how long and far they fly—travel technology changes have made our lives a lot easier compared to how it was decades ago.
So what can we expect 10 to 20 year from now? Let’s take a look at how the future of travel is changing.
Every month, an airline opens up additional routes to big and small airports around the world. With many large hubs like JFK, FRA or LHR for instance, overcrowding has become an issue. As a result, airlines are starting to fly their smaller airplanes to smaller airports around the globe, allowing people to connect from East to West with better connections and more direct flights that previously did not exist.
Increased Air Pressure Tolerance
Another aspect of future travel involves air cabin pressure. Newer airplanes including the A350 and Boeing 787 are now able to handle greater air cabin pressure compared to previous models. But why is this important? Greater pressure means additional air for breathing, increased humidity, and better overall comfort.
Soon, we will probably see Airbus and Boeing creating aircraft of all sizes that will all be able to tolerate higher air cabin pressure (aside from the 787 and A350).
Entertainment via Personal Devices
You may have noticed more airlines removing entertainment screens from the back of seats, forcing travelers to watch shows and films from their tablets, laptops and/or mobile phones. This is a trend that will continue in the future due to the fact that by removing these screens, airlines save money and reduce cabin weight.
LED Throughout the Airplane Cabin
LED has a variety of benefits—it consumes less electricity and is much safer than standard lighting. Another great use for LED is the various colors the lights can produce, setting the mood within the cabin to keep travelers comfortable when they are asleep or awake. The future of travel shows us a trend of more and more airlines adapting LED over standard bright lights to make flying much more comfortable, regardless if you’re flying in economy or in business class. Moreover, new cabin interior concepts—like that found on the A330-900neo—is redefining the entire flying experience. We will all soon feel like we’re traveling inside a spaceship rather than an airplane.
Less Airplane Noise
Airplanes used to be extremely noisy. Whoever thought sleeping inside one was possible? Now, newer engine designs and better materials have greatly decreased the amount of noise we hear. The future of travel promises us (almost) nonexistent engine noise from the inside. Possible? We think so.
Luxurious Premium Cabins
As we may have already noticed, airlines have stepped up the game when it comes to premium cabins. From Singapore Airlines Business Class to Emirates’ First Class Suite, the future of travel involves developing ultimate luxury for those who are willing to pay a bit extra.
Creation of Additional Airline Companies
There are over 300 commercial airlines operating in the world today, and that number continues to grow as more and more budget airlines emerge. In a few decades, we may witness that number rise as more passengers are looking to get from point A to point B the cheapest way possible, and are willing (despite the conformability factor), to opt to fly on a smaller airline company.