Flying into the future: Innovation in aviation

With air traffic expected to double by 2035, the aviation sector is under increasing pressure to deliver innovative and sustainable solutions.

Manufacturers and airlines are looking at how to improve the aviation long term cycle and how to use technology to adopt green solutions, while maintaining European competitiveness.

In Europe, the Aviation Strategy aims to tackle all these challenges and also contributing to growth while at the global level the recent ICAO deal wants to ensure a carbon neutral growth for the sector.

EURACTIV organised a high-level conference to discuss the way forward for aviation in Europe in the framework of the week-long GE Garages Europe.

Questions debated included:

  • Has the Aviation Strategy been a turning point in maintaining the European aviation sector’s competitiveness?
  • Can innovation and more fuel efficient engines play the major role expected by the ICAO General Assembly in order to reduce CO2 emissions? Can electrification at all be envisaged?
  • How should ETS be adjusted to take account of the latest ICAO agreement?
  • What role for digitisation in the aviation sector?
  • Will the new aviation agreements with countries like UAE, Qatar or Turkey spur European flag carriers to innovate?

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