The World Aviation Festival is an exhibition and award-winning conference that has grown to become one of the largest and most established aviation shows, attracting a large audience of airlines, airports and travel technology companies from around the world. At the Aviation Festival Expo, innovative technologies coming from new companies in the aviation and travel sector, were presented and helped participants explore how we can bridge the gap between aviation and hi-tech.
ICARUS had a strong presence in the Aviation Festival, held in London on September 5th-7th, 2018, as it was hosted in both Cellock’s and OAG’s booths, with banners and posters. CELLOCK and OAG interacted with several stakeholders in the Aviation sector, with a commercial and scientific background, gathering encouraging feedback for the project.
“The Future of the Airline Industry 2035” study commissioned by IATA’s Industry Affairs Committee and presented in the Festival, identifies several trends and drivers of change that need further investigation towards an improved aviation scenery in 2035, including the following:
– The industry should consider measures that support airline ownership of data (e.g. safeguarding privacy, commitment to common data protection procedures), and look to establish a global industry-wide position on data protection. A more open approach to data and interoperability at a global and industry level may be more positive for the industry and for consumers.
– A global approach to managing infectious diseases becomes ever more important. While airlines need to be vigilant and prepared, IATA should also stress the increasingly important role that all stakeholders, particularly governments, need to play to ensure that responses are in line with WHO guidance and international health regulations.
– Environmental performance is one of the key elements of society’s changing expectations of aviation and an element which becomes increasingly critical in a resource-constrained world. But sustainability isn’t environmental alone, and countries’ expectations of airlines will move beyond the environmental sphere.
– Understand consumer attitudes in emerging markets, as well as how government and business in these countries view the role of the airline industry, in order to get ahead of potential future regulation.
ICARUS has already identified such aspects in its real-life demonstrator scenarios!