Air travel research

The competing need to provide airline passengers with a comfortable and safe yet economical travel experience is a primary driver for the development of new terminal and aircraft cabin technologies. The Air Travel Research strategic client service applies cutting-edge research, cross-disciplinary expertise and state-of-the-art facilities to provide a healthy and safe environment for passengers and crew, and accelerate the development of new end-to-end air travel concepts and technologies along the path to commercialization and market acceptance.

Using a holistic approach, Air Travel Research draws from its diverse knowledge base in environmental controls, vibration, acoustics, human factors and physiology to enable clients to advance the design, fabrication, testing and certification of innovative new aerospace products that will improve passenger comfort, health and safety, and cabin energy efficiency. In doing so, it works to strengthen the Canadian supply chain, enhance its market share in an expanding global market for cabin technologies, and provide regulators with scientific evidence to inform effective rule-making.


Collaborate with us

Collaborate with us on strategic research projects to help de-risk your innovative ideas, reduce your start-up costs and accelerate your commercial development timelines.

Collaboration opportunities

NRC is actively seeking partners and collaborators to help improve passenger comfort, health and safety, and cabin energy efficiency. Potential partners include:

  • owners and operators of commercial aircraft who are interested in differentiating their products to increase passenger revenues
  • air framers interested in taking a human factors approach to passenger comfort, health and safety, and cabin crew operations and workload
  • system manufacturers and integrators who possess or seek expertise in passenger comfort and health and safety, as well as human factors
  • airlines interested to develop and evaluate new cabin interiors, technologies and concepts, to explore trade-offs between cabin attributes; identifying the most cost-effective and cost-beneficial designs whilst optimizing comfort
  • regulators and Government Agencies who require support in developing and implementing effective regulations that provide passengers and crew with a safe, healthy and comfortable flight experience

Our primary areas of focus include:

  • providing a healthy end-to-end environment for passengers and crew with improved air quality, filtration and disinfection, and reduced contact interfaces, and reduced cabin and flight deck energy consumption
  • resolving accessibility challenges faced by travellers with cognitive and physical disabilities
  • creating a more comfortable journey by making improvements in the cabin environment, including lighting, acoustics, vibration, biosciences, thermal comfort and air quality, as well as in-flight entertainment and productivity
  • enhancing hearing protection solutions primarily for military aircrew
  • reducing whole body vibration levels through passive and active technologies

Through broad collaboration with partners and stakeholders, the NRC's specific goals for the strategic client service are to demonstrate the following by 2025:

  • Reduce passenger transit time in airports by 50%
  • Reduce the incidence of health issues arising with passengers and crew during travel by 30%
  • Reduce presence of cabin surface and airborne pathogens by 20%
  • Improve acceptable passenger comfort levels by 30%
  • Reduce aircrew neck and back injuries by 30%
  • Support regulatory bodies with improving air travel accessibility
Collaborator benefits

Our partners realize the following benefits:

  • Access to a world-class research infrastructure and unique expertise, combined with competitive rates, customized service options, and measures to ensure partner data integrity and confidentiality
  • Maximum opportunities and connections between Canadian companies at all levels of the supply chain, including upper tier suppliers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs)
  • Increased market share and operating margins for OEMs with cost-effective cabin design and configurations
  • Access to our unique cabin demonstrator facility, which serves as a platform to demonstrate, de-risk and accelerate the development of new technologies
Technical and advisory services

The NRC offers a number of research and technical services that include fee-for-service testing, calibration and consultation. We also develop and transfer technologies through consortia, collaborative research agreements and licensing arrangements, tailoring business opportunities to the needs of individual clients and licensees.

Our proven track record of successful research and technology development, as well as our finely honed expertise and multi-disciplinary array of technical capabilities, make us ideally positioned to help optimize commercial air travel. The NRC's technical advisory services include:

  • acoustics
  • lighting
  • ventilation and thermal comfort
  • air quality
  • biosciences
  • human physiological monitoring
  • human factors
Research facilities

Partners and clients have access to a wide range of facilities that will contribute to the development of new technologies for safer, healthier, and more comfortable flights. Our facilities include:

Contact us

To discuss your project or find out more about how we can support your business, contact:

Business Development Team
Aerospace Research Centre

Targeted industries

Aerospace and defence, manufacturing and sustainment

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