We live in an era where saving time is more important than saving money. Perhaps this is why air transport, previously reserved exclusively for extreme wealth or emergencies, is now on a par with its competitors [rail and road transport]. Over the past few decades, the number of passengers flying has multiplied, and this number is still increasing. Decades ago, only mature, developed and wealthy countries [such as the United States, Europe, Japan, Singapore, etc.] established air connections with major domestic cities and international destinations. But now the number of countries interconnected by air has increased dramatically, and that's not all. Domestic air connectivity has also skyrocketed, connecting many cities in many different countries. Thanks to the development of air connections, not only developed and rich countries, but also developing countries such as China, India and Brazil have also gained a lot. Not only has connectivity improved, but the experience of air travel has also improved. Let's look at aspects that have changed significantly over the past few decades.
Air travel has been the fastest method of transportation from the beginning, but it has become faster as time has passed. Flights from the Australian subcontinent to London used to be, and remain one of the longest known flights. In the late 1950s, Australia's Qantas Airways connected the cities of Sydney and London. The trip was then four days long and 55 hours in the air, with the plane touching the ground in six other locations except Sydney and London. The airline still operates between the two countries, but in a different way. Qantas Airways calls it the new Kangaroo route 2018, which will connect Perth to London without stopping or landing elsewhere. Now, the flight takes just 17 hours and can take 9,000 miles in one takeoff.
It's not even the most time in the air, nor the longest distance covered by a single takeoff. With the improvement of aircraft efficiency and technological progress, longer flight time and range have become possible. Another business of Qatar Airways between Auckland and Doha is the longest flight now, with a flight [or flight] of 9025 miles for 16 to 18 hours. Imagine a passenger holding onto a seat for so long!
Meal on board
Early flights were called the "Golden Age" of flight for a reason. The price that the passenger subsequently pays for the trip is compensated by food and beverages provided during the voyage. But airlines have their own set of issues to deal with. Leaflets had to deal with weight in the early 1920s, when passengers were weighed before boarding. The same rule applies to food, which limits the amount of food that can be brought into the air. As the plane gets better, the journey is longer, the food gets better and hotter. Food is more than a necessity. There were kitchens on the early 1930s flights for hot food, and a dining room where passengers could gather and feast. Then, in the 1940s, it entered the era of frozen food, and as a result, a variety of delicacies were offered in the air. As the plane gets larger, the number of passengers flying also increases, and the storage space for aviation meals also increases. But now, personalization has become more important than providing a unified exotic meal across the entire traveler's population. Currently, airlines allow passengers to order food of their choice before boarding, which will be delivered directly to their seats. For example, iFLEAT is a mobile-based service that delivers food ordered from restaurants directly to their seats. The service is now linked to Air Berlin and plans to link more airlines in the future. Although in-flight catering service providers will feel the impact of this service, it is a win-win situation for passengers, because it allows people to choose their favorite food, and for airlines, because they can Do what you like.
In-flight entertainment and connectivity
A recent survey of airline passengers showed that Wi-Fi is more important than food for passengers traveling by air. This shows how people are connected to the Internet. Even airlines are trying to retain existing customers and attract more customers by providing entertainment and connectivity. Many airlines already offer Wi-Fi on some of their flights, but passengers must purchase the service. The airline provides free Internet access only to first-class passengers. Eminent personalities in the aviation industry, such as Emirates, Finnair, Lufthansa, etc., can provide Internet access on all or part of their fleet, but at a cost to passengers. On the other hand, few other airlines like Emirates, Turkish Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines etc provide passengers with free Wi-Fi access. There are many travelers there praying for all airlines, and I hope it will happen soon. According to market research firms, the number of passengers will double by 2035, and airlines will make more changes to attract new passengers and retain existing ones.