The aviation industry experts are expecting a U-shaped recovery of the industry, which translates into a prolonged and stretched, slow paced rebound. However, the initial symptoms of recovery in the commercial aspects might begin to surface only by the end of the calendar year. Mostly, when travelers begin to regain their confidence and opting to go back to airports, and taking planes for their domestic and international travel requirements.
Technologies like Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) have dominated conversations in the tech world, for the past decade. In the pre-COVID world, smart airports and manufacturers of smart planes were looking forward to deploying the latest IoT technology to deliver delightful passenger experiences. This would also have been significant in making up losses in the business by bringing in operational efficiencies, lowering AOG (Aircraft on Ground) time, generating ancillary revenues and safety. However, in the post pandemic scenario, it is enormously vital to increase passenger confidence, bring people back to the airports, planes, and have them fly safely from point A to point B. Passenger safety and hygiene are centric most important factors that will impact other the other factors like passenger experience, ancillary revenue, operational efficiencies will revolve around passenger safety and hygiene. Connected User, Connected Products, Connected Infrastructure and Connected Operations are the four elements that would be key to the success of an Airport, an Airliner, and an A&D Equipment Manufacturer post COVID.