Earlier this month, you may have read about the possibility of a pilot-less plane in the future. Theoretically the technology to fly planes via remote control should arrive in the next 5-10 years, and planes that can fly themselves aren’t too far behind.
This what seems ludicrous idea has the potential to collectively save airlines around 27 billion pounds per year if they didn’t have to cover the salary of pilots. The concept of this is all very impressive, however an article produced by CNN reveal that only 17% of passengers are willing to fly without a pilot.
The idea of flying without a fully trained and experienced professional on hand to fix any issues seems a little terrifying. However, the invention of self-driving cars is on the near horizon, and self-flying planes is not expected to be fully launched for approximately 15-20 years which gives plenty of time for people to get used to the idea, or not?
It is thought passengers could benefit from a reduction in ticket prices of about a tenth, according to a report produced by UBS. “The average percentage of total cost and average benefit that could be passed onto passengers in price reduction for the US airlines is 11%,” it said, although the savings in Europe would be less, at 4% on average but rising to 8% at Ryanair.
Aircraft costs and fuel make up a much larger proportion of costs at airlines than pilot salaries, but UBS said profits at some major airlines could double if they switched to pilot-less.
Question: Is the expected cost saving enough for you to board a pilot-less aircraft?