Aviation Special Report
Our annual report on aviation trends. Written by Burns & McDonnell experts, these publications focus on issues impacting the industry.
Articles In This Issue
Reducing fuel consumption is a goal for every airline, with an emphasis on innovation.
In an era where rising utility costs, aging facilities and the environment are increasingly becoming more prominent on the list of key issues facing airport personnel, comprehensive energy management programs offer a valuable, often underutilized, solution.
If an airline passenger were to make a list of all the things that make an airport experience great, the maintenance hangar wouldn't even appear as a footnote. But these critical facilities play a key role in every passenger's travel.
Airports and airlines continue the conversations begun before 2001 about how to use new technologies to build the airport experience of the future. The passenger is at the middle of this trend.
Diversity among airline passengers, airport tenants, and airline and airport personnel drives the planning and design decisions that have long-term implications for every airport facility. But diversity can create challenges, so airports must plan to accommodate these differences.
In today's economy, it often makes more sense to renovate existing facilities than design and construct a new terminal. With the same desired result, renovating can open up space in a terminal to create more passenger flow or more retail space to generate additional revenue.
It would be easy to describe innovation and excitement in the world of airfield pavement as flat. But the design and construction of taxiways and pavements has come a long way, requiring levels of smoothness, constructability and durability unequaled in other fields.
Ground power and preconditioned air systems reduce emissions, fuel consumption and costs, while maintaining passenger comfort.
In the same way that the engine is the beating heart of an aircraft, an airport is the economic growth engine for communities large and small in today's global economy.
Reducing greenhouse gases while simultaneously increasing efficiency and reliability sounds too good to be true, but it doesn't have to be with a combined heat and power system.
In a world where consumers readily access on-demand services for everything from banking to shopping to entertainment, the traditional airport experience can come as a shock. Remote parking, check-in lines, baggage restrictions, security screenings and gate delays create a barrier to satisfaction that can be hard to break through. But it can — and is — being done.