Major developments in business aviation and how you can connect and travel through the sky

Owing to technological advances, the superbusiness airplane is on the horizon. These modern-day jets have all the comforts that corporate businesspeople expect in businessclass travel: business seats, power outlets and lots of legroom and privacy. All on an airplane that looks and feels like every other one. These modern jets also have entertainment and business offerings well above most business class seats offered in other types of aircraft today. In fact, some of the superbusiness jets on the horizon will offer entertainment and connectivity packages in the form of “premium cabin entertainment” and “premium cabin connectivity” that will also include all the amenities of business class travel, but for a much lower cost. And because most superbusiness planes will run for one to three hours, compared to the typical four to six hours for an airline flight, there are also concerns for the economy passengers traveling in coach. However, superbusiness jets have only recently entered the market so no real data exists to gauge the impact this new class of business travel will have on both business and economy flights. However, there are positive factors that could help alleviate concerns for airline industry and business travelers alike.

New businessjet buyers will have a new class of aircraft to choose from

Because new superbusiness jets are finally becoming common place, the number of actual orders in the marketplace will increase. If the airlines that buy the superbusiness jets are pleased with the upgraded passenger experience, these airlines will be more inclined to purchase these jets as a replacement choice. For example, Middle Eastern airlines Emirates and Etihad ordered 15 and 13 business jets, respectively, in 2018. In 2017, the largest superbusiness jet order received was one from new-generation Gulfstream for 60 jets, comprised of 24 G280s and 35 G650s.

Massive fleet restructuring

Owners of large fleet aircraft will also face some concern about which jets to transition from. General aviation companies are downsizing their fleets to become more nimble and agile. Therefore, we should expect to see fleets switch to larger business jets to meet corporate travelers’ increasingly complex and flexible needs. Some of the largest multi-year fleet overhauls scheduled for the next two to three years are currently going to G500 and G600 superjeeps with the most showroom presence. These new planes offer access to more than twice the cabin area and suite of amenities as their predecessors.

We’ll see more integration of the business and leisure flying experience

One of the biggest areas of concern on business and leisure flights is the ability to get connected to the internet. However, we’re seeing the integration of WiFi in business class moving from its static third class seat that keeps passengers separate from business to a functional suite on business. Airlines are experimenting with advanced technologies like the WiFi Access Pass that allows business flyers to easily access the internet without having to purchase a monthly subscription service. In addition, airlines have already been experimenting with WiFi with the help of technology service providers and connectivity companies like AeroMobile and Global Eagle Entertainment. What this means is that more passengers will be able to stay connected throughout their trip and experience the airline in a more pleasant manner.

This shift is happening now, so we could start to see airlines offer business travelers a WiFi option for a little bit more money and few fewer headaches. There are also technology partners like Gogo that have been working on affordable connected entertainment products for years that may be on the horizon.

An army of technology partners offering aviation industry innovations

Also, you can count on an army of tech partners leading developments for industry and airline sectors to create some of the most forward-thinking products. Using disruptive techologies to improve aviation can also present a massive challenge for the industry and airlines will always be looking for partners and solutions that can transform the way aviation fits into their business.

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