Aviation Week have released a great infographic (below) on just a few of the fuel saving technologies that will be available on the next generation of Single Aisle aircraft set to enter the market over the next decade.
Interestingly, the point is made in Aviation Week’s accompanying blog post that many commentators have effectively bypassed the advances in technology seen in the smaller narrow-body market, by drawing too much of a comparison with the huge shift in innovation seen in the wide-body market with the 787 and A350.
However, these developments should not be overlooked. In a market where many of these single aisle aircraft will be bought and used by Low Cost Carriers (LCCs), significant reductions in fuel usage from greater engine efficiency, to new & advanced winglets and composite structures, means that these benefits will ultimately be passed onto the customer.
The already large order numbers for the A320Neo, 737MAX, C-Series and C919 signal how much these sometimes overlooked technology improvements actually mean to airlines around the world.