Aluminium allowed humans to travel in safety and en masse through the skies and around the world. Light and abundant, it laid the foundation for the types of aircraft that fill our skies each day.
Aircraft designs then became more fuel-efficient and even safer when companies such as Airbus and Boeing embraced carbon fibre, influenced by the success of the Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer. Today’s carbon fibre planes are lighter and greener – using 30 per cent less fuel – without compromising on safety.
To further reduce the carbon footprint of air travel in the quest to combat climate change, we must continue to look for new and innovative possibilities for the next generation of aircraft. Which is why I’m incredibly excited about graphene.