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According to the Air Transport Action Group ( several aircraft manufacturers, including Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier and Embraer, estimate the future demand for air transport in the form of revenue passenger kilometers. The most recent estimates suggest that demand for air transport will increase by an average of 4,7% per annum over the next 20 years. That implies that demand for air travel will increase by a factor of two over the period. If this growth path is achieved, then in 2032 the air transport industry will contribute:

6,63 billion passengers travelling 12,2 trillion kilometers on 41,240 aircrafts in service by 2032.

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The future requires simplification

To address these industry challenges and to be successful for the years to come, commercial aerospace manufacturers need to scale up production to deliver against these massive backlogs of aircrafts needed. To do so, aerospace and defense (A&D) firms must simplify their operations while continuing to innovate.

However, A&D firms often struggle with this due to significant complexities such as:

  • Inability to effectively design, and manufacture new products and services
  • Inability to respond quickly enough to changing business demands driven by new technology and customer needs
  • Overly complex, non-integrated recruiting, training, and knowledge-shairng systems to hire, promote, and retain a qualified workforce

How to simplify

Going forward, manufacturers must streamline existing operations and increase operational capacity while building aftermarket service business revenue, managing and maintaining a changing workforce effectively, and providing innovative products to stay competitive.

What are the benefits?

By running more simply, A&D firms can improve productivity and innovation while being able to:

  • Simplify every aspect of their business, deliver breakthrough innovations, and accelerate performance to enable them to capitalize on untapped opportunities
  • Increase on-time and on-budget delivery performance for design, manufacturing, and services programs
  • Delight users, drive adoption, and improve productivity with eye-appealing, intuitive user experiences
  • Accelerate innovation for advanced digital services

Discover Simple

From June 15-21 the world business leaders from the aviation industry will come together at Le Bourget Airport in North Paris for the 51st International Paris Airshow ( This event, which began more than a century ago, is the word´s oldest and largest aviation show attracting more than 140,000 trade and 180,000 public visitors.

Discover at Paris Airshow how SAP and partners can help aerospace and defense customers to simplify every aspect of their business, deliver breakthrough innovations, and accelerate performance to enable them to capitalize on untapped opportunities.

Visit SAP on booth B2 in the outside area to experience a number of innovative customer showcases including the world first collision-proff drone powered by SAP HANA.


Reserve a personal demo and register on and follow me on Twitter @AeroPohl

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