According to a newly released study conducted by EBAA and ThinkYoung, Millennials expect that flying will become easier and cleaner in the years to come, with business aviation becoming much more accessible for the next generation of users. The survey, “Expanding Horizons: How Millennials see the Future of Business Aviation,” queried people between the ages of 18 and 25 in four key European countries—Germany, France, the UK, and Switzerland—about mobility, business aviation, and the future of sustainable personal air transport.
Millennials’ views on transport are closely linked to concerns about the environment, the survey notes, with 40 percent saying climate change is the main trend that will have the biggest effect on the development of sustainable personal air transport. This was followed by artificial intelligence and digitalization.
The generation positively views business aviation for the freedom and flexibility that it offers. In fact, 62 percent of respondents believe the main benefit of business aviation its ability to take people where they need, when they need.
Business aircraft ride-sharing options appeal to Millennials. According to the survey, 60 percent of Millennials are ready to use ride-sharing air services, but only 46 percent are ready to use automated ride-sharing air services.
“The findings show that Millennials have an inherent commitment to our planet, technological advancement, and equal opportunities. They see future mobility as an efficient, environmentally-friendly whole. They recognize the potential for business aviation to drive technological change in the wider aviation sector. And they can see its increasing accessibility and democratization,” EBAA said.