It's sad to see airlines and aircraft go. We recently lost Air Berlin to bankruptcy, whose last scheduled flight is October 28th. We've also lost or will lose Monarch Airlines, Alitalia, the Finnair a340 (last remaining aircraft left Helsinki for the last time about a week ago), the United, and Delta Boeing 747, the KLM Fokker 70, Southwest Boeing 737-300 and more... It really is the end of an era, especially with the loss of such iconic planes as the Boeing 747 or Finnair a340. But all we can do is say farewell to things lost and look onward to the future! So all of the negative losses to aviation recently don't make you too sad, here are three great things to look forward to in the future of aviation:
1.) Supersonic air travel is back, and better than ever. BOOM Aerospace and NASA are developing the next generation of supersonic passenger jets to follow the path set by the iconic Concorde that left service in 2003, which is set to start commercial service in the early 2020s (take into consideration that this aircraft will be quieter, faster and more efficient than Concorde ever was) but with the Boom XB-1 Supersonic demonstrator starting flights in 2018.
2.) Firna Airways, an upcoming UK based airline which has goals to operate as the third largest UK airline with ATR 72-500's, after 18-24 months Boeing 737-800s and Airbus a320/21s, and after 36 months Boeing 777s and a330s.
3.) Innovations and changes in the general airline industry; airlines are definitely looking out for new ways to make flying a more enjoyable experience for the average consumer. This means buying better planes, upgrading aircraft interiors and business models, improving service or offering great features to the flight experience.