The IATA Technology Roadmap provides an overview and assessment of technology opportunities for future aircraft, including improved engine efficiency, aerodynamics, lightweight materials and structures as well as radical new configurations and propulsion systems. Furthermore the benefits of these technologies for aviation emissions are estimated on a world-fleet scale, and the effects of new aircraft developments under changing market conditions are considered.

The IATA Technology Roadmap was created with external support from the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), with contributions from other partners from industry and research organizations.

The momentum for radical new propulsion technologies has never been stronger

Technology delivers results for climate action

Amongst the four pillars (technology, operations, infrastructure, economic measures) of aviation's strategy to reduce CO2 emissions in half by 2050 (relative to 2005 levels), technology and sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) collectively deliver the highest improvement benefits.

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Since the aviation industry committed to set ambitious climate action goals back in 2009, an impressive number of technological solutions contributing to the 2050 target have been proposed and many related projects have been initiated. These consist of numerous aircraft (airframe and engine) technologies as well as sustainable aviation fuels, operational and infrastructural measures.

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Evolutionary & revolutionary aircraft technologies

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​SAF can reduce lifecycle CO2 emissions by up to 80%

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