Ansys Study Finds More than 60% of Consumers are Concerned About CO2 Emissions
As global aviation leaders and organizations aim to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, aircraft manufacturers are embracing
Of consumers polled in
- A majority of consumers are concerned about CO2 emissions (63%) and would pay for greener air travel (65%)
- 46% would travel in an aircraft powered by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in the next 5 years, 36% in electric, 38% in hybrid-electric, and 38% in hydrogen-powered aircraft.
- About a third of consumers (32%) are more likely to fly with airlines committed to reducing their carbon footprint.
- Most respondents (82%) would be comfortable flying in next-gen aircraft at speeds of 3,500 mph versus standard aircraft that flies at 560 mph to get to their destinations faster. Shortened flight times provide a significant benefit for consumers, as 50% of respondents reported that they have not traveled somewhere in the past due to a long flight.
- More than half of consumers (57%) expect to fly in an electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft at some point in their lives, citing potential benefits for daily commuting, including a reduction in stress (27%), road rage (26%), and carbon footprints (35%).
- Almost half (47%) of consumers polled are prepared to fly in an autonomous plane in their lifetimes.
- Despite anticipation to take an autonomous flight, the top concern for 57% of consumers is the absence of a pilot to respond to potential external or internal issues such as turbulence and flight control, respectively.
- For alternative aircraft such as SAF-powered planes, half of customers worry that technology isn't proven yet and almost 40% fear a technology failure.
"Consumer research is essential as the aviation industry transforms to meet the demands of consumers and needs of our planet," said
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