Flying is more popular than it has ever been. Once seen as a luxury that only a privileged few could afford, air travel has become a genuine form of mass transport over the past few decades.

According to a report from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), passenger numbers are likely to surge in the next couple of decades. IATA expects 7.2 billion passengers to travel by air in 2035, a near doubling of today’s 3.8 billion level. Its projections are published in the Group’s 20-Year Air Passenger Forecast report. It is a remarkable statistic, the more so given the future standards that will need to be developed for the industry during that period.

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ISO has just released its January/February 2017 issue of ISOfocus. Aptly entitled “Our flightpath to the future”, it covers the most pervasive and ubiquitous trends and opinions. To bring some perspective to this term, we spoke to several leaders in the aviation arena for their thoughts on the industry – on its survival and the new and emerging trends that are fuelling its growth.

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