In the face of the current health crisis, the aviation sector is facing a significant drop in air traffic, mainly involving households, and must therefore reinvent itself in order to bounce back in the coming years. This is why the business range is the current trend in the aviation sector, because even if tourist travel is now non-existent, business travellers are still present. Business aviation concerns professional travel for companies or individuals who use the aircraft as a real work tool.
This trend concerns not only airlines such as Airbus and Boeing, but also jet designers such as Dassault Aviation, who are designing new business jets to meet the current needs of this sector.
Before the health crisis began, aviation was booming and could even have reached a record high for the year 2020. Unfortunately, the health crisis has erased this development due to a first immobilisation of the majority of planes in airports and then due to the regulation of flights between the different countries of the world in order to limit the spread of the virus.
The pandemic, however, has allowed aviation to reinvent itself and evolve in a way that responds precisely to the new needs of this sector.
The decarbonisation of this sector is a real issue to be taken into account today in the specifications of the design of new aircraft but also on the need for new travel trends. Faced with the health crisis, ordinary households have almost completely abandoned their travel, whereas business travellers are still present for professional trips.
This is why the various aircraft designers are trying to produce less polluting aircraft with turbines that consume less paraffin but also by increasing the space and therefore the comfort within the aircraft cabin to meet the needs of business travellers who need to work in the best possible conditions.
Due to globalisation, time has accelerated, profoundly changing consumer behaviour in terms of transport choices. Air travel is one of the safest and fastest forms of transport and saves an incredible amount of time compared to long car journeys.
Faced with this change in mentality, airlines have innovated by creating low-cost subsidiaries for short journeys, which has considerably increased demand.
Over time, the aeroplane has become one of the major tools for business people who want to save time and therefore productivity in their work. Today, half of all business trips are made in private jets.
Some figures speak for themselves when we see that 30% of business travellers fly at least once a month and 60% only once a year. The advantage of private flights is its flexibility unlike commercial flights.
Unlike commercial flights, private flights have been able to recover more easily from the health crisis:
– Due to the reduction in the number of passengers
– No check-in at the terminal
– More flexible departure times
– Limited points of contact
Private flights also allow for fewer cases of infection than other commercial flights with about 30 times fewer points of contact. In addition, private flights have made up for the lack of scheduled flights on various routes cancelled due to the pandemic.
So we can see that private flights, i.e. private jet designers, have an incredible opportunity to get a larger share of the market for business travel.
For several years, Dassault Aviation has been focusing on its growing private jet range, partly due to the current pandemic. Its family of private jets called Falcon has 6 different aircraft.
– The Falcon 8X
– The falcon 7X
– The Falcon 6X
– The Falcon 900LX
– The Falcon 2000LXS
– The falcon 2000S
The 6X is one of Dassault Aviation’s new aircraft, which will begin its first test flights in 2021 and will be delivered in 2022. This new type of jet is the perfect answer to the new specifications due to the new trends in this market.
Designed for business travellers, the new Falcon 6X jet will have the largest cabin in the Falcon family and a larger interior volume than any other. This considerably increases the working conditions and comfort of business travellers during the flight.
The Falcon 6X has a very long range and can fly from Los Angeles to Paris in one direct flight with a range of approximately 10,485 km.
For the innovation part but also in relation to the problem of reducing the carbon impact in this very polluting sector, Dassault decided to equip this new jet with turbines allowing to reduce its paraffin consumption by 10%. These are Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PurePower PW800 engines.
Dassault has also announced that the company will unveil its next private jet in the coming months for a new Falcon jet. No details have been released yet, we only know that future initials “NX” by industry specialists.
Digitalisation is now taking an important place in the various transport sectors, always accompanied by the problem of a more ecological world. The aeronautical sector is increasingly using digitalization to make its services more qualitative and more flexible for its users. More qualitative thanks to a more complete tracking system with a detailed process of the flight day and real-time indications. This allows the user to be kept informed to the minute and therefore limits the customer’s frustration. More flexible because thanks to the digitalisation of these services, the customer can modify his ticket or have access to an internet platform that allows him to plan or book his ticket according to the times that suit him. These innovations allow the customer to enjoy a unique experience with a wide range of additional services to make the most of their journey.
Knowing that the airline sector has experienced a strong negative impact due to the Covid-19 crisis, customers are becoming rarer, which is why airlines have to attract consumers with ever more qualitative and flexible offers.
The digitalisation of this sector, which is very busy in normal times, also makes it possible to limit the number of points of contact during the customer’s flight day, which proves to be a real asset in times of health crisis.
The promise of a major ecological transition by 2050 is one of the main guidelines for the aviation sector. Thanks to innovation in alternative energies such as hydrogen or electricity, this makes it possible to rethink the design and production of aircraft from A to Z. We have seen this before with the new Falcon jets from Dassault, which have decided to produce new turbines that consume less energy, or like Airbus with its project to design a long-haul commercial aircraft using hydrogen within a few years.
These various innovations are perfectly in line with the major current issues, i.e. limiting the points of contact through greater digitalisation in this sector but also making aviation less polluting, in line with the major issue of the ecological transition.
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