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A Birdie at 30,000 feet? Airbus publishes results of major survey on future of air travel

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A Birdie at 30,000 feet? Airbus publishes results of major survey on future of air travel

In the run up to last month's Farnborough International AirshowAirbus published the latest findings of a two-year survey into passenger preferences for the future of flying. The consultation is part of the group's 'The Future by Airbus' programme that includes a concept aircraft on which you can 'play' golf and settle into seats that morph to fit your body. 

Some key results of the report include the following:

• 63 per cent of correspondents say they expect to fly more by 2050

• 96 per cent believe aircraft will have to become more environmentally sustainable

• Close to 40 per cent of those surveyed say they feel air travel is increasingly stressful

'Future by Airbus' is the company's vision of how aviation can develop sustainably towards 2050. The findings published in July are based on responses from some 10,000 people in 10 countries.

Last year, as part of the programme, Airbus unveiled a concept aircraft to illustrate how technologies could elevate the passenger flying experience, and improve environmental performance by, for example, using light-weight materials that reduce fuel burn.

The concept also showcases innovations designed to greatly improve passengers' in-flight experience. Fancy a round of golf at 30,000 feet? Keen on star-gazing - as you jet to the Far East? Prefer seats that morph to fit your body rather than cramp the life out of you? Then perhaps this aircraft, one day, will be for you. Click on this link to have a look around the aircraft.

"The Airbus Concept Plane illustrates what air transport could look like in 2050 – even 2030 if advances in existing technologies continue apace," says the company in a statement published announcing the survey findings. 

According to Airbus, the aviation industry as a whole has "reduced fuel burn and emissions by 70 per cent and noise by 75 per cent in the past 40 years." 

We hope these dreams take flight one day, and while Airbus strives to innovate aircraft in the air, we continue to improve how aircraft are serviced on the ground.

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