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So much has happened in 2023 within aviation, but will 2024 be the year that aviation truly shines – post-pandemic?
Why is this important: 2023 has seen a lot of developments in aviation tech, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), airline mergers, post-pandemic growth in air travel, and much more. Will these 2023 trends not only continue in 2024 but accelerate? Based on current information, it would seem as if the aviation industry is off to the races, with predictions of 2024 being the best year since the pandemic lockdowns. Undoubtedly, there are challenges ahead. However, in this digest, we would like to focus on some of the more positive things we can expect in 2024.
Continue reading to learn more about what is predicted to be in store for aviation in 2024.
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2024 brings new airplanes, seats and airport improvements to passengers
CNN—Passengers will fly in 2024 with airlines that are putting their post-lockdown plans into place. And that includes shiny new airplanes containing new seat designs arriving at a rapid pace.
A scattering of new airports and terminals will change the game in a few key regions, although some routes and airplanes will be delayed into 2025 or further because of supply chain difficulties.
- A big new terminal and a major airport upgrade
- New small planes will make a big difference onboard
- A flock of new big planes mean new seats and services
By John Walton | CNN
Aviation Tech Breakthroughs To Watch Out For In 2024
Technology in travel will continue to develop in 2024, with multiple advancements taking center stage in the aviation industry, like the advancements in eVTOL or how artificial intelligence may change how we travel.
Travelers are becoming more conscious of the environment and looking for more sustainable ways to travel, such as France’s decision to limit domestic flights where a train can be taken in less than two hours from one destination to another.
- The rise in artificial intelligence
- Less turbulence en route?
- Emergency Air Ambulance eVTOL
By Aaron Bailey | Simple Flying
Airlines Heading Into 2024: More Passengers, Profits, Orders
Global aviation had a dream run in 2023. Everything that went wrong during the pandemic seemed to reverse – and then some.
It wasn’t all smooth. Airlines went bankrupt (Go First), mergers got announced (Hawaiian and Alaska Airlines), alliances got blocked (JetBlue and American Airlines), turnaround plans got implemented (Air India) and legendary CEOs moved on (Ahmed Al Baker).
But the industry has a strong set-up heading into 2024. Here’s where things stand.
- More Capacity, Passengers and Profits
- Airlines Continue to Invest
- Oil Prices Down From Highs
- Supersonic Flight Tests
By Ajay Awtaney | Skift
Outlook 2024: will the current churn in North American aviation continue into 2024?
There’s been a constant flux in the North American aviation market during 2023, with New York-based JetBlue at the centre of many developments. The airline was forced to dissolve its Northeast Alliance (NEA) with American Airlines after a court deemed the partnership to be anticompetitive.
Now, as 2023 comes to a close, the fate of JetBlue’s proposed merger with Spirit Airlines lies in the hands of a judge, and the outcome is tough to predict.
Just as the judge is preparing his decision, Alaska Air Group has formally started an acquisition of, and merger with, Hawaiian Airlines – as smaller US airlines work to build scale in an attempt to compete with the four airlines that control more than 70% of US domestic capacity.
Spirit and its fellow ultra-low cost carrier (ULCC) Frontier Airlines have been battling a negative financial performance, and each airline will likely be under scrutiny in 2024 as they work to reverse their fortunes.
Across the border, Canadian airlines continue to carve out their positions in the marketplace. The country’s major operators will continue to preserve their dominance, but the fate of the country’s smaller airlines is less certain.
By CAPA Centre for Aviation
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