As aircraft become more sophisticated, major carriers such as
It used to be that airlines would tout expanded flight routes or the adoption of a new high-end menu in a first class cabin.
But, these days, major carriers such as
In June, Etihad announced its partnership with a company named Taleris to launch a new technology capable of predicting potential maintenance faults along with recommendations for fixes.
This so-called prognostics technology, which is also set for use on Etihad's fleet of Airbus and
Numerous aircraft parts are prone to minor flaws or fatigue cracking over time and technological ways to address these issues are at the forefront of aircraft development.
Emirates says such new technologies will make its fleet of planes significantly more efficient – and cost-effective from an operational perspective. In addition, planes utilising these systems may well be safer.
Advances in building techniques are also helping carriers to cut costs.
Lightweight materials in the Airbus A350-XWBs that Emirates has ordered, for example, will help the airline's new planes consume 25 per cent less fuel than equivalent planes out there today.
The composite materials include titanium and advanced aluminium alloys, and they will also reduce the amount of carbon dioxide (C02) emissions and noise pollution compared with older aircraft, Emirates says.
"As far as technologies go, aircraft manufacturers such as Airbus and
Today's newest aircraft also feature more sensors and automated flight controls, which allow a plane to save a little more on fuel than if it relied solely on pilots to make all adjustments manually.
Some of the latest models also include newly designed wing tips, which have been carefully carved to shed fuel consumption by about 1 per cent.
"And that 1 per cent reduction in fuel use is pretty significant for airlines considering purchasing new [aircraft]," says
"New cars come out every one to two years, but airplanes are every four to eight years – and every time they come out with these little reductions it's a pretty big deal.
"Globally, the commercial aircraft manufacturing industry now generates more than
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