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The Future Travel Report 2070 – 3D Printed Breakfast Buffets

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The Future Travel Report 2070 – 3D Printed Breakfast Buffets

From the airport to the beach – easyJet’s ‘The Future Travel Report’ predicts changes to how we will travel in 50 years’ time

The ground-breaking report, commissioned by airline easyJet, forecasts innovations in airport journeys, air travel, accommodation, and holiday experiences. 

The easyJet 2070: The Future Travel Report was authored by a group of leading academics and futurists, including Professor Birgitte Andersen of Birkbeck, University of London and CEO of Big Innovation Centre; Dr Melissa Sterry, design scientist and complex systems theorist; and renowned futurists Shivvy Jervis and Dr Patrick Dixon, as well as Director of Transport Systems at Cranfield University, Professor Graham Braithwaite and  Nikhil Sachdeva, Principal for aerospace and defence and sustainable aviation at consultancy Roland Berger. 

easyJet 2070: The Future Travel Report highlights include:

The airport journey and air travel experience will be revolutionised by technological advances:

As technology advances, we will see significant advances in the accommodation experience abroad: 

Innovations in experiences and activities in destination will be on offer to travellers:

Four of the expert predictions have been brought to life in incredibly detailed renders, showcasing how travel could look in 2070. 

The impressive visuals depict travellers using their unique heartbeats to get through security at the airport, as well as a new way of flying as aircraft are fitted with adaptable, biomimetic seats, with entertainment beamed directly into their eyes. Other images show holidaymakers viewing a true-to-life Colossus of Rhodes wearing haptic suits, and selecting delicious 3d printed food, personalised to their tastes.

The four images and animations have been presented in a new video, fronted by acclaimed science TV presenter Dallas Campbell, which sees him discussing what these predictions could mean for what air travel could look like for travellers of the future. 

Brits were also asked to choose which of the experts’ predictions they would most like to see become a reality, with nine in ten (90%) of British adults saying they were excited or intrigued by what technological advances would make travelling look like in 50 years’ time.

Three quarters (75%) of Brits say that these technological advances would make them more likely to go on holiday in the future.

The survey of 2,000 British adults revealed that that biometric heartbeat passports and time-travelling holiday experiences, are the advancements in travel that the nation would most like to see happen by 2070.

Top 15 Travel predictions Brits would most like to see become a reality when it comes:

‘Time-travelling’ holiday experiences via haptic suits that allow you to visit historical sites but see how life would have played out many years ago (i.e.: seeing Colossus of Rhodes in 280BC) 

42%

Seamless airport security – using biometric heartbeat passports

38%

Under water ‘sea-faris’ taking tourists on aquatic adventures to the depths of the ocean 

32%

Subterranean hotels built into the fabric of the earth that are super energy efficient and at one with the environment 

26%

Smart hotels with personalised holiday rooms – that adapt and configure to travelers needs and wants on arrival

25%

In-ear devices will be available to take on holiday to translate the local language in real time and enable us to speak the local lingo

24%

‘Try before you buy’ bionic and Metaverse holiday previews will provide holidaymakers with a virtual experience allowing them to see, hear, smell and feel a destination before booking 

23%

Ergonomic and biomimetic sensory plane seats that adapt to passengers’ body shape, weight and temperature providing ultimate comfort 

20%

3D printed hotel buffet food serving up any all-inclusive breakfast, lunch and dinner that holidaymakers desire – and reducing food waste 

19%

Inflight entertainment beamed directly in front of passengers’ eyes, doing away with the need to download shows before you fly or the need for onboard TV screens

18%

Week-long holiday package trips to the moon 

17%

e-VTOL air taxis taking passengers from home to the airport terminal, as well as ferrying holidaymakers around city locations abroad

14%

Autonomous rent-a-car services on location – driverless hire vehicles that ferry travellers around their holiday destination

13%

Digital holographic personal concierge – accompanying holidaymakers to provide up-to-date destination information and advice

11%

3D printed recyclable holiday clothes available on arrival at hotel, doing away with suitcases

10%

Speaking about the report, easyJet CEO Johan Lundgren said:

“Innovation is in our DNA and we’re always challenging ourselves to think big and look at how we can make travel even easier for people all across Europe, both today and for generations to come. From biometric heartbeat passports to time-travelling holiday experiences, travel in 2070 is likely to be very different and exciting indeed.”

TV presenter Dallas Campbell, who has brought the predictions to life in a new video, said:

“Some of the predictions in easyJet’s new report are absolutely astonishing – a personal favourite is the idea of being able to travel back in time through haptic suits, I’d love to be able to experience the sights, sounds and atmosphere of the very first Olympic Games. With everything from the airport, aircraft and destinations set to evolve, travelers are in for some amazing developments as the travel industry continues the evolve and thrive.”

Heading up the report, Professor Birgitte Andersen of Birkbeck College, said:

“This next 50 years will bring the largest technological advances we have ever seen in travel and tourism. Aspects of how we holiday will be transformed beyond recognition; in the future holidaymakers will be queuing at the hotel buffet to have their breakfast omelettes and fry-ups 3D printed by machines, our heartbeat will become our passport, and in-ear devices will translate the local language in real time and enable us to speak the local lingo. Looking forward, by the year 2070 the destinations we fly to, the tpe of accommodation we stay in, and the experiences we have, will have changed immeasurably.”

The full report is available to download here.

Posted by on March 27, 2023.

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