Airport World - John Grant

OAG’s chief analyst, John Grant, considers the potential opportunities and challenges of eVTOL aircraft and how the aviation sector might adapt to meet the new trend.

The aviation industry is about to embark on a transformative period of technological change as it strives to meet its net zero targets within the next two decades. While there is no silver bullet solution that can do this, a series of small steps can lead to marginal advances until eventually – and perhaps surprisingly – we reach our destination.

While much attention has been focused on biofuels and alternative sources of energy such as hydrogen and batteries, the hype around battery-powered aircraft is currently declining.

The latest developments in the United States have revealed that the certification process for eVTOL services is making significant progress. Commercial operations are anticipated to begin by 2025, although the exact launch date is still unclear.

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