Wheels up, it’s National Aviation Day!
In my world of express transportation, today is significant. It is Orville Wright’s birthday, one half of the famous Wright Brothers. In his honor, August 19 was also deemed National Aviation Day – a day to celebrate and reflect on the development of aviation.
Orville Wright once said, ‘No flying machine will ever fly from New York to Paris … [because] no known motor can run at the requisite speed for four days without stopping’. Even Orville Wright could not imagine that over 100 years later 40,000 cities around the world would be connected by over 100,000 commercial flights daily, generating more than US$2.2 trillion in economic output and a wealth of cultural and societal benefits.
All going to plan, the International Air Transportation Association projects that by 2050, airlines could be handling 16 billion passengers and 400 million tons of freight. Much of the viability for carriers depends on the continued development of aviation.
FedEx continues to outfit aircraft with the improved avionics to help make the transition from voice-only communications to digital data communications between the cockpit and air-traffic controller. This is creating a safer and much more efficient operating environment for aviation, where aircraft are able to better navigate crowded airspace, landing and taking off with fewer delays.
Given these advancements and the many others in the queue, I salute the thousands of highly trained professionals around the world, especially those we have the privilege of working with at FedEx, who move the aviation business forward each day with their skill, their commitment to safety and their desire to serve their customers.
Aviation is an industry of truly mind blowing discovery and change. I dare to imagine what the next 100 years holds, and how aviation will continue to connect and transform our world. At FedEx, we are excited to play a role in its evolution.