“The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in the aerospace industry facing its worst crisis. The aim now is to overcome the crisis and secure the survival of this vital economic sector“, said Volker Thum, managing director of the German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI). “At the same time we are confronting the industry’s biggest long-term challenge: climate-neutral aviation. At the digital ILA we took important steps, laying down markers for this goal. In November the European #AeroDays2020 will follow. At this event, the most important high-level meeting of its kind in Europe, the aim is to drive forward aviation technology, innovation and research. Kicking off the event here in Berlin will be the Berlin Aviation Summit.”
Following the cancellation of ILA 2020, the leading platform for innovation in aerospace due to Covid-19, the BDLI and Messe Berlin immediately launched ILA Goes Digital. From 13 May to 31 July over 120 exhibitors highlighted how the goal of climate-neutral aviation can be achieved by 2050.
The European research programme Clean Sky 2 showed how innovative technologies can be employed to substantially reduce emissions. MTU Aero Engines, Rolls-Royce and Avio Aero demonstrated how revolutionary propulsion concepts of the future will contribute significantly to attaining that goal.
More than 120 exhibitors and close to 30,000 visitors from around the world took part in the digital ILA.
The next important event for the future of civil aviation will soon be taking place from 24-26 November. At this event, the most important high-level meeting of its kind in Europe, the aim will be to jointly develop strategies for the “new normal“ in aviation and to drive forward research, innovation and technology as key elements of a sustainable, digitalised and competitive aerospace industry.
The event will bring leading figures from research, politics, industry, the financial world and energy companies together in Berlin during Germany’s tenure of the EU council presidency.
Kicking off the #AeroDays2020 on 24 November will be the Berlin Aviation Summit (BAS).