Updated: Jan 21, 2020
The future of the aerospace industry is very scintillating. the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has predicted that they are expecting the rate of air travellers to nearly double by 2035. It is true that the structural design of aeroplane is not changed very much since they first hit the market. But now, the scenario is changing because the engineers are taking new challenges and are inventing new designs to optimize aircraft which will give better results, sustainability, operations, and attractions.
Let’s take a look at 5 big aerospace manufacturing trends to look for 2018
Optimizing commercial aviation’s efficiency: You must be astonished to know that aerospace manufacturing king Boeing has already set a standard with its Dreamliner 787-10 which was set for its first scheduled flight out of Singapore in May of this year. Other prodigious airlines like Singapore Airlines and Emirates have also utilized this model. The capacity of the aircraft is higher though it retains fuel and operational efficiency. The Dreamliner 787-10 can accommodate 40 more passengers as compared to other models. The fuel cost of this aircraft is 25% better than the A330 model and 10% better than the A350-900 model.
Changes are done with cabin lighting: The aircraft cabin lighting market is thriving exponentially and it is expecting to grow its market share to around $22 billion by 2022. The current trend of this market is to use LED lights instead of photo luminescent lights. Because LEDs are more efficient and you can install them easily without any software. A plethora of studies has done on mood lighting and it is shown that mood lighting plays an important role for the passengers who used to travel a long distance. Because they feel more relaxed and comfortable under mood lighting. Airlines are working closely with the light manufacturers so that they can install these adaptable and fairly lightweight systems in the cabin. This will also help airline operators to change the colour and brightness of the lights as per the needs of the customers.
Customizing seats: Another big and important change that airline industry wants to implement involves traveller seats. Airlines are trying to improve the seats of the first class and economy class also. New designers are hired who are trying to appease the travellers with multiple options like controllers, cup holders, tray tables, literature racks, USB sockets, and more. The new model Dreamliner 787-10 and other newly launched airline models have already upgraded their seating and they have also incorporated Stelia Opal. The Opal is basically part of the compact staggered seating class. It has the capacity to transform into a bed and thus, it gives the ultimate comfort and relaxation to the passenger. Though the airlines can create supremely and impeccably designed seats for the passengers, they still have to be certified for safety reasons. The airline needs to ensure that the passenger’s head is free of any kind of injury.
An increased usage of CFRP: A plethora of studies has claimed that the market of Carbon Fiber-Reinforced Plastics (CFRP) is expected to grow surprisingly by the end of 2025. This durable and lightweight material has huge demand with aerospace manufacturers, particularly with the US companies. This demand is also growing rapidly to the Asian Pacific market. Though CFRP is a great choice, it is very cost effective and the production is also low for this product. But CFRP is the future of airline industry. Because it will make a huge impact on aircraft’s fuel efficiency, cost, environment, and operational sectors. Thus, the airline industry is embracing this new fad and are trying to make the development of the materials.
Aviation will act as a business tool: Air travel has become an integral part of the corporate world. People are preferring to travel by airlines because this will help them to reach their destinations within a short-time in a secured way. The business class makes up about 12 percent of the passengers on a plane, but they account for 75 percent of an airliner’s profits, a significant portion of the air traveller market. There is also a good market for small business planes because the business owners think that these will help them to reach their destinations conveniently. Thus, the airlines are trying to supply more pilots to fly the aircraft and also considering the safety of the passengers.
These are 5 big aerospace manufacturing trends which will dominate in 2018 and in the upcoming years.