Airlines are the drivers behind development and production of new aircraft – with underlying environmental and economic conditions also playing a role here.
A lot of things have already been achieved: Aircraft today are much more efficient, economical and quiet than they were 20 or 30 years ago. Compared to other modes of transport, air transport, at 2%, emits a relatively small share of human-caused carbon dioxide. Nonetheless, environmental regulations are becoming increasingly strict – and with good reason: Air transport is growing faster than any other transport sector. It doubles on average every 20 years and still holds major potential for growth, especially in emerging markets.
New engines, new materials
Airlines are also under pressure economically. Indeed, in most Western countries, taxes and fees levied on air traffic have risen. In order to adequately account for this development and to make a permanent contribution to protecting the climate, the airlines, together with aircraft manufacturers, are relying on new engine concepts and new lightweight construction materials. Innovative suppliers like BÖHLER Schmiedetechnik GmbH & Co KG are meanwhile on board as competent partners:
Examples of developments for the future
- Self-de-icing surfaces
- Electric drive systems for traveling on the ground
- Wing-only design: aircraft without fuselage and stabilizers
- Double-fuselage aircraft
- Intelligent aircraft that autonomously select the best and most economical route
- Formation flights to save fuel – based on flocks of birds
- New concepts for airports, the bottleneck points for air traffic
The latest video from the voestalpine image and brand campaign focuses on engine mounts we produce for aircraft in Kapfenberg, Austria, and shows them being installed in the Airbus A380 of Emirates Airline. An ongoing blog series offers further insight and background information about the product, the areas of application and the market as well as about Hans Freudenthaler from Böhler Schmiedetechnik GmbH & Co KG, the star of the campaign.