Aviation has created a truly global network connecting people and goods. We currently record around 3.5bn trips per year – a figure that could double within the next two decades. Whilst this success story brings enormous social and economic benefits to Europe, it is obvious that air traffic has to become much more sustainable.
We are continuously working on new innovations that bring down emissions further, such as 3D printing, laminated wings, hybrid and electrical aircraft as well as sustainable alternative fuels derived from algae. Crucially, development cycles have accelerated so that we can now introduce innovations in our aircraft models faster than ever before.
A step to further to facilitate the development of incremental aviation technologies, such as electrical flying, is to include them into the upcoming European Clean Sky 3 project. European stakeholders need to maintain excellence, which can only be achieved in collaborative effort.
It will take a few more decades before our vision will become a reality. But every innovation gets us closer to our ultimate goal: carbon-neutral flying, available for everyone.