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Will Facebook replace worldwide travel? Not according to Airbus. The airframer spent two years consulting more than 1.75 million people in 192 countries to find out what passengers are expecting from future flying. Unsurprisingly, less stressful and more sustainable flying were high factors, but so is face-to-face contact.
Despite the abundance of social tools available on the internet, which make it easier for people to do business or see long-distance friends and family without ever leaving home, Airbus says that 63% of those surveyed will actually fly more by 2050. 60% also think that social media cannot replace the need to see people face-to-face. This belief will be underlined next week when the world’s aerospace and defense industry descends upon an airfield southwest of London for the largest global gathering of the industry.
This infographic by Airbus illustrates the results of its survey. Also, click here to watch a short program prepared for Airbus.
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