Thanks to general nostalgia and retro-themed television programs like “Mad Men,” many people seem to be waxing poetic and swooning over the so-called “Golden Age of Travel.” In actuality though, once you get beyond the attractive stewardesses and fancy period dresses that colorfully recount the early 1960s, the period in which air travel took off was more often gilt than gold. Looking at aviation history without the rose-colored glasses of nostalgia reveals that planes were inefficient, maintenance and design were flawed, and that air travel was exclusive and only affordable on a frequent basis to the wealthiest 10% of the population.
Though modern air travel may lack the glamour of years gone by, it has definitely become more accessible. Furthermore, this increase in accessibility is expected to continue well into the future, with industry organizations conservatively predicting that passenger demand will increase by 30% until 2017 and will double in the next 2 decades. Though the lion’s share of this passenger growth will occur due to continued prosperity in emerging markets, the key drivers that will continue to make air travel more affordable are more efficient engines on longer-lasting aircraft with purpose-built interior amenities.
A growing number of fliers, of course, also mean an increased demand for airplanes. Boeing estimates that in the next 20 years the swelling passenger demand will require over 35,000 new aircraft along with an ever-increasing army of mechanics, engineers, and other support personnel on and off the ground to keep these planes operating safely and efficiently. Specialized companies like Oklahoma-based BizJet and other tech-based subsidiaries of big airlines like Lufthansa, Delta, and United, will be required to deal with a greater quantity of more complex aircraft components and surely undergo substantial growth. In order to meet the needs of an industry that is global by default, Lufthansa Technik, Lufthansa’s maintenance and engineering department, for instance, has facilities and affiliates on all continents to be able to properly maintain the airline’s fleet.
The world of commercial flight is, however, also diversifying when it comes to equipment. We no longer live in world solely dominated by Airbus and Boeing. Embraer, Bombardier, and other manufacturers are pushing into the market and the entrance of a competitive Chinese aircraft manufacturer into the commercial sector is only a matter of time. In addition to more and varied manufacturers and their individualized processes, there is the added complexity of differing (in make and manufacturer) essential aircraft components, such as onboard electronics and engines. With the staggering variations of aircraft, aircraft components, and interior composition available, the potential for costly and delay-causing mistakes is considerable increased. One way for companies like Lufthansa Technik, who are expected to shoulder the burden necessary for a doubling of passengers flying in the next 20 years, to fine-tune their performance is through the use of a reliable translation company, which can help them streamline their manufacturing plans, maintenance manuals and data sheets.
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