Although planes have been around for over a century, it seems like technological advances plateaued for a while in the mid-to-late twentieth century. Yet in the last decade or two, airplane innovation has once again taken off, and now flying is faster, safer, and more enjoyable than ever before. Still, there’s a lot of room for improvement (both necessary and desirable), and thankfully a lot of researchers are working every day to accomplish this. We might not be able to smoke or bring water bottles onboard anymore, but we've gained headrest screens, live streaming television, and in-flight Wi-Fi recently, and the future is looking even brighter.
We explored the different ways airlines and airplane designers expect planes to improve in the future and not-so-distant future, and created a roundup of the most exciting things to look forward to in the world of air travel. A lot of these projects are in the very early stages, so proposed dates and timeframes were only included when available. Nevertheless, the journey of a thousand miles starts with a single air-mile, and it’s reassuring to know that we’re actively headed in the right direction. In the meantime, sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride. We will arrive at our destination shortly.