Growth in the air travel industry, which is currently being led by Asia Pacific, is expected to handle over 4.1 billion passengers by 2036. That number reflects more than half of the world’s passenger traffic. Associated with this dramatic growth, is a handful of challenges and stresses, especially on infrastructure and processes. With the considerable changes predicted for the air transport and aviation industry, many are asking, “How are we going to navigate the future?” Well, the answer to this question is: technology.
The future of air transport and the aviation industry is predicted to be driven by a large digital transformation. According to Barbara Daliboard, CEO of global IT provider, SITA, the use of smart technology can help manage the challenges associated with the increased number of passengers and limited infrastructure. SITA is currently looking to technologies such as biometrics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics and blockchain to help transform the industry to accommodate the large number growth.
Already, airports around the world are starting to use biometrics to help ensure secure travel. Biometrics have helped with smooth check-in and broading processes. The digital transformation is already starting to be seen with baggage management as well. Just this year, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Resolution 753 has come into effect. The new management system will increase the industry’s end-to-end baggage tracking. The new tracking procedures will produce data to help reveal what else needs to be improved within the baggage management process.
With acceptance of the Internet of Things, the air transport and aviation industry is expected to create valuable insight and expose new ways of working. It is believed that the use of digital technologies will help improve the overall service, operations and efficiency of the industry.
Technology options for MROs and Quality Managers in the aviation industry are available, as well. For example, automated asset management tools. These software options can track tools used on aircraft to prevent FOD and lower costs associated with lost equipment. Using RFID, tools can be checked in and out without any manual work, like spreadsheets or binders.