The Global Impact of Digital Transformation in Commercial Aviation, 2017

Capitalizing on Opportunities in the Emerging Digital Economy for Enriched Business Performance

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Intense competition in the commercial aviation sector has led industry stakeholders to create new business models to compete heavily on price by limiting margins and improving cost efficiencies. Connected aviation is the central theme around which digital transformation initiatives are evolving to achieve the competitive advantages and differentiate in new ways. Digital transformation initiatives will continue to grow through applications such as digital flight path optimization, predictive maintenance and optimization of aircraft systems, among others. Airlines are inclined toward a passenger-centric approach to cater to the needs of the connected traveler. Commercial aviation is going through a significant ph

Research Scope

This research study covers the following:

  • Product scope: Industry megatrends and aerospace megatrends;
  • Geographic scope: Global;
  • End-user scope: All industries related to the commercial aviation industry.

Research Benefits

This study will benefit those who are interested in learning about the impact of digital transformation in commercial aviation, the technological evolution that is happening, and the implications of those. This study discusses the key aspects of digital transformation and identifies areas of opportunities in the commercial aviation industry and also areas where digital transformation will potentially add value in terms of helping with the realization of digitalization in the industry. All aerospace industry participants and the rest of the industry verticals will benefit from this research as this is a visionary study investigating the big picture perspectives of digital transformation and how it is looking to revolutionize the rest of the industries across the globe. Technology companies who are looking to feed into the digital transformation megatrend across industries will also benefit from this study as they will get to understand their potential role in the future. This research is aimed at identifying transformation in the industry ecosystem and emerging growth opportunities available to market participants to convert the transformation to opportunities for revenue/market share growth.

Key Issues Addressed

  • What are the key industry initiatives and their significance?
  • What are the key trends within the airline domain?
  • What are the key trends within the airport domain?
  • What are they key trends within the downstream services domain?
  • What are the key trends within the commercial aviation industry and the application areas of digital tools?
  • What are the future implications of digital transformation in the commercial aviation ecosystem?

Key Conclusion

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Table of Contents

1. Scope
Project Scope
2. Introduction to Digital Transformation
What is Digital Transformation?
Digital Transformation Framework—Business Functions
Phases of Digital Transformation
Frost & Sullivan Digital Transformation Framework
Digital Transformation will have a Profound Impact on Customer Interaction, Operational Performance and People
Strategic Imperatives for Growth in Commercial Aviation Industry— Aligning Key Objectives with Digital Transformation Strategy
5 Major Growth Opportunity Areas
Air Transportation Digital Transformation
Business Objectives in the Commercial Aviation Industry
Report Focus—Airline Passenger Management and Flight Operations
Airline Passenger Management—Digital Touch Points
Airline Passenger Management—Data Sources and Management
Airline Flight Operations
3. Commercial Aviation Digital Transformation
Digital Transformation
Digital Platforms
Big Data and Analytics
Cyber Security
Augmented and Virtual Reality
4. Digital Transformation Industry Drivers
Digital Transformation in the Commercial Aviation Industry—Drivers and Value Creation
Passenger Growth
Commercial Aviation Passenger Trends
Passenger Centricity
Air Traffic Movements
New Aircraft Platforms—Introduction
Next-Generation Aircraft
New Aircraft Platforms, 2016–2023
Aircraft Data Transmission—AIR to GROUND
Aircraft Communication
Cockpit Technology Transition
Aircraft Communication—COCKPIT: Key Underlying Technology
Aircraft Communication—CABIN: Key Underlying Technology
Cabin Systems Evolution
Passenger—Efficiency programs
Air Traffic Management Efficiency Programs
ATM Equipment Regional Regulations as Outlined by IATA
Innovation & New Technology in Commercial Aviation
Revenue Creation—Data Monetization Models
Shifting Business Models
5. Digital Transformation Value Creation
Connected Aviation
Major Application Areas
Aircraft Health Management
Fleet Management
Aircraft Fuel Management
In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC)
Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
Route Planning
Disruption Management
Dynamic Merchandising
6. The Last Word
The Last Word
Legal Disclaimer
7. What is Digital Transformation?
Six Pillars of Digital Transformation
Information Management
Customer Journey
Digital Solutions that Support each Pillar
8. Definitions
9. Appendix
List of Exhibits


List of Figures & Charts

1. Commercial Aviation Industry: 5 Major Growth Opportunities, Global, 2017
2. Commercial Aviation Industry: Business Objectives, Global, 2017 and 2020
3. Commercial and Business Aviation Aircraft: Entry into Service (EIS) Timeline, Global, 2016–2023

1. Commercial Aviation Industry: Passenger Traffic*, Global, 2016–2023
2. Commercial Aviation Industry: In service & on order aircraft, Global, 2016
3. Commercial, Regional, Business Aircraft: EIS Numbers, Global, 2016–2023

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