With over 8 million people choosing to fly — to destinations around the world — every single day, the pressure on airlines to economize is palpable. Without sacrificing their quality of service, how do airlines remain competitive at the international level? Some commercial fabric manufacturers have taken the problem to heart, generating industrial textile solutions that are giving airlines more traction in the new global economy.
According to experts, about one-third of all airline flights are undertaken for business purposes, with over 450 million discrete trips recorded last year alone. Given concerns about passenger comfort and the necessity of attracting repeat business, some airlines have chosen to upgrade an essential component of the flight experience for the comfort of their business passengers.
New fabric on passenger airline seats is primarily designed to be lightweight, a potential savings of millions every year on aircraft fuel alone. With the addition of lighter seats, airlines could feasibly add more seats, transporting more passengers at once and generating higher ticket sale figures. Along those same lines, many airlines are choosing to completely remove bulky, aged metal seat components in favor of lighter upholstery seat fabrics that are said to provide a more comfortable flying experience for passengers.
Industrial fabric die cutting services are often able to work within high-volume industries to help potential customers ascertain which fabrics would be the best fit for their particular needs. Textile solutions for automobile seats will differ, by necessity, from those solutions that are applicable to the air travel industry. The average driver may prefer car interiors that are stain- and dust-resistant and designed to absorb the potential shocks offered by many children and pets.
While the range of fabrics offered by industrial fabric die cutting services may vary, the capacity of fabric to impact the long-term trajectory of entire industries cannot be underestimated. With the advent of more and more advanced textile technology, airline travel, space travel, and daily automobile travel may find their futures inextricably intertwined with the future of industrial textile fabrication.