Trump’s Effect On The Aviation Industry

There is a lot of speculation on how the presidency of Donald Trump will effect the aviation industry. There have been many statements from Trump regarding the infrastructure of the U.S. and big promises to improve it. The commercial airline industry is a huge part of the U.S. infrastructure, and something Trump has routinely commented on. Citing the overall superiority of some foreign airports, relative to many famous U.S. airports. These comments imply airport improvements might be a big emphasis in this reported 1 trillion dollar infrastructure investment. However, this is simply speculation and we won’t know until we know.

These statements are just false promises according to many U.S. analysts. These supposed improvements alongside promised massive tax cuts do not seem realistic according to many specialist. Even if there were large amounts of cash to throw at the airline industry, it’s not something cash alone can fix. Many environmental protection acts and policies don’t easily allow for an infrastructure re-haul, there are many hoops that we have created as a society that even money can’t easily overcome. Environmental regulations protecting endangered species in many states have restricted the ability for airport expansion alongside other regulations. Additionally, airport budgets are accountable to the public, and cannot justify lavish renovations, similar to some foreign counterparts. Furthermore, the aviation industries labor force is one of the largest unions in the country and well protected by the U.S. government, which doesn’t allow U.S. airports to leverage cheap labor like many foreign airports do.

Much of the regulations and protectionism that has been created in years past, has made the aviation industry, NASA and many other public industries clunky. Private industries like SpaceX and foreign aviation industries are easily outperforming their uncompetitive public counterparts, so in order to really improve the aviation industry, privatization must be a subject of conversation. Easier said than done…

Trump has proposed to spend 1 trillion on infrastructure improvements throughout the elections and it is unclear his full intentions for the airline industry, but many comments suggest a strong emphasis on their improvements. His recent choice for Department of Transportation head Elaine Chao, is promising with her success in Bush Jr’s presidency, but a lack of clarity on improvements leaves many people wondering.

There is hope for improvement in airports and air traffic control by many in the industry, but it is too soon to tell what effects we will see during Trump’s presidency. Governmental regulations, labor unions, and budgets may halt the big promises of Donald Trump.

Time will tell.

The Airline Industry Moving Forward

The current environment that the airline industry finds itself in is far different than that of 10 years ago. Large mergers and shrinking oil prices have created an entirely new landscape and one that for the most part, is greatly profitable. With spread sheets that are far more attractive than years before, many executives are scratching their heads trying to figure out how to allocate these new found cash flows. Most in the industry know that it won’t last forever, and many are probably trying to fully internalize it is even happening in the first place. So efforts are being put in place to properly use these earnings to stay competitive in a now evolving industry.

Speculations on whether airline officials should spend there earning on employee salaries, shareholders, or reducing fare prices are buzzing, but officials should think cautiously before acting too soon. Although pleasing those that have stuck with you till this point is a noble idea, so is the idea of making sure there is a company for them to stick around with in the coming decade. Like I’ve said, most know this boom will not last, and economic changes or fuel price spikes may bring the house down before they have time to enjoy it. Focusing on evolving airlines and preparing them for future technologies and economic conditions is far more advantageous than reducing rates, and driving down the potential earning for the whole industry.

Improving upon their efficiencies and allocating resources to logistics, can be a great way to spend these earnings. Predictability is one of the most desired qualities of an airline, and ensuring that passengers and luggage get to their destination on time will ensure airlines are frequently used by time sensitive travelers.

Customer service and convenience may be the one big factor differentiating major airlines besides price. People will get over higher prices and less leg room (within reason) for a superior customer experience. Friendly and helpful employees can pay dividends, and create repeat customers, so ensuring airlines are hiring the right people and training them properly is crucial. As well as maintaining a thriving company culture that makes people excited to come to work everyday, which will show in the performance in the work place.

Additionally, convenience factors like kiosks are a great way to expedite the check in process for passengers and a great investment to modernize individual airlines with the coming technologies.

As the times change, and the customers expectations continue to rise airlines will want to make sure they meet the needs of modern travelers and do not fall from glory, by eager and innovative companies looking to take their place.

Changing Landscape

Much has changed in the aviation throughout the years. From the beginning of the Short 12 sec flight made by the Wright brother up to today, we have come a long way. The gains we’ve made in the industry has led to more job opportunities. 

Aviation jobs are no longer just for pilots in charge of flying a plane. They encompass much more and offer a variety of opportunity in many areas. A unique perk is the ability to travel.  Whether you are a pilot or flight attendant that sees new places, or you work in another department but benefit from the travel perks associate in the industry, traveling becomes a more affordable option. 

Let’s explore what aviation has to offer.

In the sky: Up in the Air Crew

Pilots. Commercial aircrafts, small passenger planes, cargo planes, corporate jets, and private jets, pilots play a key role in the industry. Currently there seems to be a shortage of experienced, qualified pilots. There has been a lot of talk on why this, but let’s just say it is. A career in the aviation industry as a pilot may be the route you want to go. 

Flight Attendants-Stewards/Stewardess. Service in the air. Although the annual salary is not one to make you millions, the perks involved make it a job worth exploring. Of course training and the ability to handle in air emergencies are a necessity, becoming a flight attendant does not require a college education. The perks of being a flight attendant include the flexibility of part time or full time, the free travel benefits, and other perks depending on if you work for a commercial airline or private/corporate service.

Ground On the: On the ground crew

Aerospace Engineer – Understanding and leading crews through aerospace engineering

Aircraft Maintenance Manager – Make sure aircrafts are well maintained and managed according to guidelines and standards.

Air Traffic Controller-manage the flow of aircraft and safety. Manage incoming and outgoing flights. Communicate with pilots, other control centers, ground and alert staff.

Ramp Crew – baggage

Aviation Mechanic – Service planes and make sure all aircraft is up to standard and within mechanical guidelines.

There are of course so many other opportunities on the ground, especially for commercial airlines. From reservationists, to Sky Cap and Flight Dispatchers. 

Have you thought about a career in the Aviation Field? Many positions require degrees and experience. There are many positions that do not have these requirements and may be a fit for you. The travel benefits available to employees are one obvious perk of working in the industry, and why many part time flight attendants and ramp assistants love their job.

Make sure to stop back regularly and visit the available job and career opportunities the industry has to offer.