Over 60 per cent of people worldwide want to fly more by 2050, but almost
all - 96 per cent - believe aircraft need to be more environmentally efficient,
according to a study from aircraft-maker Airbus.
With findings drawn from a 10,000-strong survey, the planemaker also
consulted with 1.75 million people in 192 countries over a two-year period to
better understand the public perception of air travel's future.
Released three days before the Farnborough International Airshow, the study
indicates that quieter aircraft are important (backed by 66 per cent of
respondents), while almost 40 per cent felt the air-travel experience is
Respondents' gripes included queues at passport control; slow check-in and
baggage collection; sitting on the tarmac; and circling in holding patterns
In a separate poll conducted by Skyscanner among 1,000 people, it was
revealed that although the single most requested feature was capsule-style
bunks (20 per cent), 26 per cent of them wanted sound-proof sections for
children and kick-proof seats.
The results showed also that passengers desired perks such as massaging
seats and the free use of iPads.
An all-singles section, where unattached passengers could potentially meet,
flirt and chat at 30,000 ft also came surprisingly high on the wish list, while
nearly one in 20 respondents voted for transparent floors and ceilings on the
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