The president of AED (Aeronautics, Space and Defense) Cluster Portugal, José Neves, said the aeronautics sector is growing despite the “Greta Thunberg phenomenon”, against air travel, and environmental sustainability issues.
“The aeronautics sector continues to grow 4-5% per year,” José Neves told Lusa, on the sidelines of the AED Days, an aeronautical, space and defense event taking place this week in Oeiras (Lisbon). However “there are new challenges” for the industry.
For José Neves, the main challenge is “the issue of sustainability”, and the way “the aircraft of the future will make carbon emissions” and have “impact on our society”
"Already there are people who do not want to fly, the phenomenon Greta Thunberg is even beginning to affect commercial aviation," admitted the president of AED, referring to the Swedish environmentalist who does not travel by plane and clarifying, however, when asked by Lusa, that growth prospects take into account environmental factors.
He said that “this is exactly why companies have been preparing at the level of new product development”, and that the industry “is looking at these challenges as opportunities” to develop new materials technologies, engines, systems and conceptual designs.
"Airbus Neo itself is a response to the sustainability of the industry," he said, adding that today "an airplane is 50% more efficient than an airplane flying in 1990."
Regarding the growth potential of the aerospace and defense sector in Portugal, José Neves highlighted the “added value” of the Military Programming Law, “which defines investments over the next ten years, which in a way allows Portuguese companies to define a strategy for how to attack this sector. ”
"And when they do not have the intrinsic ability to do all the development, to attract international partners to make that point," he added.
The president of AED Cluster Portugal also argued that aeronautical maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) areas are “a booming market”.
“40 thousand aircraft are expected for the next 20 years, but on the other hand there are another 40 thousand that will need maintenance”, recalled José Neves, noting that this market “only has a tendency to grow”, since “an airplane flies 20, 30, 40, 50 years ”.
José Neves defended that “the point is to bet on the formation of resources because there will be a market”.
AED Cluster Portugal involves more than 60 entities from the aeronautics, space and defense sectors and, according to its president, generated business of 1.7 billion euros in 2018, with its percentage influence on Gross Domestic Product (GDP). ) of 1.4%.
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