5 New Technologies Transforming Air Travel in the Near Future

Every year, the number of aeroplane passengers increases, and now hopping on a plane has become a regular activity for many people around the globe.

Technology is at the core of the aviation industry. And as both the aviation industry and technological advancements continue to grow and develop, they are going to have significant impacts on each other.

Here are five new technologies transforming air travel in the near future.

1. Artificial Intelligence (AI)  

The airlines are already exploring ways in which artificial intelligence or AI can be utilized in the aviation industry. And many are already integrating this technology across various operations including customer service, airport and flight operations.

Currently, some of the most prominent aeroplane carriers are using AI in these forms:

  • AI Assistants: To answer customer questions and requests and to reply to voice commands for airline flight and ticket information

  • Smart Logistics: To employ algorithms for being implemented with data to assist in automating airline operations

  • Facial Recognition: To complete customer identity verification and to coordinate travelers with their luggage

As the industry continues to develop, and airports and airlines need to improve and modernize their existing infrastructure and operations, AI technologies are going to become more and more prominent.

2. Sleeping Pods

For passengers, one of the leading ways that air travel is going to change is through sleeping technology. Innovations such as cinema-style seating and sleeping rooms are already underway.

Airlines around the globe are attempting to develop ways to stand out from the competition, and innovation in the cabin experience is an obvious means to attract and retain customers.

3. The MRO Industry

The maintenance, repair, and overhaul or MRO industry is growing in importance in relation to the aviation industry. And, if the industry wants to continue to grow, they are going to have to work with MRO companies to operate and maintain their expanding fleet of aircraft.

As more and more passengers fly every year, the MRO industry is going to have to adopt emerging technology to ensure that global fleets remain ahead of the trends and are cutting-edge aircraft.

In order to do this, new technologies and the digitization of services such as augmented reality, predictive analytics, and 3D printing will be used to approach numerous vital concerns. These concerns include:

  • The imminent labor shortage
  • The need to increase operational efficiency and to streamline maintenance
  • The need to ensure a large-scale decrease in material waste and supply chain costs

Those in the MRO industry and the aviation industry who opt to be early adopters of these new technologies will see their operations wholly transformed.

4. Virtual Reality (VR)  

Similar to AI, VR (virtual reality) is already playing a growing role in the airline industry. This technology not only presents a glimpse into the cockpit of new planes but is also a helpful tool for the training purposes of pilots.

Furthermore, Air France have begun testing an “immersive entertainment system” that enables passengers on their flights to wear virtual reality headsets and view 3D and 2D films or television series.

5. Cybersecurity

There is no denying that cybersecurity is one of the most significant risks that airlines and airports are currently facing. It is also an area with heightened regulatory focus.

As cybersecurity legislation continues to develop, airlines are going to have to commit to utilizing advanced digital security solutions to guarantee appropriate governance of all data and to preserve personal customer information adequately.

However, airlines can’t solely focus on the immediate cybersecurity issues, but also need to be looking forward and working with systems that will continue to grow as we become even more reliant on technology and data.

Over the coming months and years, cybersecurity technologies are going to be a growing investment for airlines and airports.

What do you think of these new technologies? How do you think they are going to change the flying experience for passengers around the globe? Let us know in the comments below!


Viktoria Grokhovskaya is an independent aviation expert currently working within the aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) industry in the UAE. She received her bachelor’s degree in Management and a Specialist Diploma in Economics and Management at the Enterprise from Astrakhan State Technical University.