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The Next Normal – The future of air mobility: Electric aircraft and flying taxis

– Look! Up in the sky! Not a bird … or a plane … it’s an eVTOL! An eVTOL (pronounced “ee-vee-tol”) is an electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft—and thousands of them could be flying above cities by 2030. Hear McKinsey experts and industry pioneers describe what’s coming in the world of “advanced air mobility” (AAM) and how it could affect passengers, pilots, and our planet.
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Final approach: How airports can prepare for advanced air mobility

– Advanced air mobility is becoming a reality. Airport operators need to assess the opportunity and integrate it into their planning.
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Advanced air mobility in 2030

– In this video, three McKinsey experts on aerospace and mobility describe a future in which electric flying vehicles are a safe, affordable, and sustainable way to travel.
Interview

Rideshares in the sky by 2024: Joby Aviation bets big on air taxis

– Joby executive Bonny Simi sees a future in which aerial ridesharing is popular, traveling between rural and urban areas is quick and easy, and the pilot workforce is much more diverse.
Interview

‘Speeding up everyday travel’: Lilium prepares for takeoff

– Daniel Wiegand, CEO of air-mobility company Lilium, believes that electric passenger aircraft will be commonplace by 2030.
Interview

Will VoloCity transform urban transportation?

– Electric air taxis such as VoloCity, made by Germany’s Volocopter, are poised to revolutionize not just city travel but also the global mobility industry, says CEO Florian Reuter.
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The sky is the limit: Perspectives on the emerging European commercial aircraft value chain recovery and beyond

– Demand for European commercial aircraft is poised to recover. How should the industry respond?
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Using a cost-control tower to drive affordability in defense

– Cost-control towers help companies in many industries stay within budget and reduce costs. It’s time for defense companies to learn about their benefits.
Commentary

Expectations versus reality: Commercial satellite constellations

– Despite a steady, sizeable uptick in announced commercial constellations over the past few years, many constellation operators have yet to meet original ambitions.
Article

Defense affordability: It’s time for a new approach

– As annual growth in defense spending slows, defense companies need new strategies for reducing the cost of their products and services.
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Look out below: What will happen to the space debris in orbit?

– With more satellites and space debris in orbit, it’s time for a new approach for mitigating collisions.
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Decarbonizing defense: Imperative and opportunity

– Defense organizations are a major source of carbon emissions. How can they operate more sustainably while preserving mission-critical capabilities?
Podcast

Simon Pryce of Ultra Electronics on growth

– Here’s how he turned an aggregation of acquisitions into a cohesive innovation engine.

Featured Blog

Future Air Mobility blog

Perspectives and analyses on urban air mobility, drones, electric aviation, and more

Featured videos

Interview

General James Mattis on leading in a crisis and thriving in the next normal

– The former US defense secretary shares lessons on how to emerge from the pandemic and prepare for what comes next, in a conversation with McKinsey global managing partner Kevin Sneader.
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A former European defense chief offers leadership lessons for tackling coronavirus

– The former chief of defense of the Netherlands armed forces, Tom Middendorp, describes his approach to crisis management amid a complex situation like the coronavirus outbreak.

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Building a more competitive US manufacturing sector

– A fresh sense of urgency and new opportunities could give the sector momentum.
Survey

The state of AI in 2020

– Our 2020 AI survey shows artificial intelligence has become more of a revenue driver. Companies earning the most from AI plan to invest in it more in response to COVID-19.
Discussion Paper - McKinsey Global Institute

Connected world: An evolution in connectivity beyond the 5G revolution

– Connectivity is undergoing evolutionary change in most parts of the world—and, in select areas, a genuine leap into the frontier.

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Implementing a digital transformation at industrial companies

– Six building blocks can help industrial companies create a strong digital strategy and generate top value from digitization.
Commentary

Wall Street to Mission Control: Can space tourism pay off?

– With the COVID-19 pandemic curtailing earthly travel, space tourism may seem like a far-fetched dream—but some companies are betting... on high demand.
Article

Digital: The next horizon for global aerospace and defense

– Digital can help A&D become more resilient, efficient, and innovative. Here’s how.
Report

Seizing the moment: Talent challenges and opportunities in aerospace and defense

– Aerospace and defense companies face tough competition when recruiting talent. How can they reinvigorate the pipeline?
Article

Smart quality in advanced industries

– Advanced-industries companies have the unique opportunity to implement an approach to quality that goes well beyond execution... and compliance.
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Clearing the air on cloud: How industrial companies can capture cloud technology’s full business value

– The industrial application of cloud technology is widely seen as very promising, so we went to the front lines and conducted a... large-scale survey to find out what really works.
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CEO dialogue: Perspectives on reimagining industrial supply chains

– After seeing the COVID-19 pandemic generate unprecedented disruptions to global supply chains, CEOs are taking innovative approaches... to build resilient, digitally infused operations.
Interview - McKinsey Quarterly

Reenergizing an exhausted organization: A conversation with Admiral John Richardson

– The former chief of naval operations suggests strategies for leaders to avoid burnout and prevent pandemic fatigue.
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Scaling sustainable aviation fuel today for clean skies tomorrow

– The move to sustainable aviation is now an imperative.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Closing the capability gap in the time of COVID-19

– Building capabilities that durably change workforce behaviors has never been easy, and the pandemic has made it harder. But some... organizations have found approaches to thrive in recovery and beyond.
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Making the cloud pay: How industrial companies can accelerate impact from the cloud

– The cloud’s real value goes far beyond IT: it can help industrial companies reinvent how they develop, deliver, sell, and service... their products.
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