100 years of Commercial Aviation – but what of the next 100?

As commercial aviation celebrated 100 years since the first commercial aircraft flight this week, industry leaders have been discussing and debating what the next 100 years could have in store for aviation.

CEOs and Presidents from a range of global airlines signalled what they think aviation will look like in 5, 25 and 100 years’ time – with some opinions ranging from achieving zero-carbon (or zero gravity!) travel; to the development of new, futuristic propulsion systems extending the range of travel even further across the globe.

Whatever the landscape 100 years from now, innovation amongst aerospace manufacturers – from large airframers to SMEs up and down the supply chain – will be one of the main determining factors; as new technology seeks to improve comfort, lower travel costs, reduce environmental effects and decrease overall travel times for passengers.