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The Airbus E-Fan is the Tesla of the skies, almost

The Airbus E-Fan is the Tesla of the skies, almost

By 17 July 2014

There's something slightly eerie about watching the Airbus E-Fan slip along the runway near silence. This is an electrically-powered aircraft, so there's no roaring engine as this prototype takes to the air, just the hissing of the electric fans. It reminds... >>

You must now charge your device before any flight into or out of UK, following US advice

You must now charge your device before any flight into or out of UK, following US advice

By 10 July 2014

All travelers must now ensure their electronic devices are charged enough to power on before boarding any flight into or out of the UK. In response to an alleged terror threat from last week, the US had ordered overseas airports with direct flights to... >>

Flying somewhere? Charge your phone or tablet beforehand or you could be grounded

Flying somewhere? Charge your phone or tablet beforehand or you could be grounded

By 7 July 2014

Officials in the US have ordered overseas airports that have direct flights to the country to heighten security measures. That includes enhanced screening of electronic devices, such as smartphones, tablets and laptops. And as travellers may be required... >>

Want to fly first class but can't afford it? BAE Systems' IntelliCabin offers economy similar comforts to upper

Want to fly first class but can't afford it? BAE Systems' IntelliCabin offers economy similar comforts to upper

By 30 June 2014

BAE Systems has revealed its IntelliCabin aircraft cabin system that will allow airlines to offer economy customers similar creature comforts to those in business, first or upper classes. And it could be implemented as soon as next year. The system provides... >>

MIT 3D prints super-strong yet light material that can support 160,000 times its weight

MIT 3D prints super-strong yet light material that can support 160,000 times its weight

By 20 June 2014

A new material has been created by researchers at MIT and Lawrence Livermore that is able to support 160,000 times its own weight. This means materials with the density of aerogel, or frozen smoke as it's also known, but 10,000 times stiffer. These kinds... >>

Think first class flying is fancy? Check out Etihad's A380 Residence suite, includes own butler

Think first class flying is fancy? Check out Etihad's A380 Residence suite, includes own butler

By 6 May 2014

Airlines are always attempting one-upmanship in an effort to attract high income travellers. Some of the business and first class services on new planes in the British Airways fleet are staggering. But even those are put to shame by Etihad's Airways'... >>

International flights could offer up to 100Mbps wireless broadband by 2015

International flights could offer up to 100Mbps wireless broadband by 2015

By 8 April 2014

Mobile broadband company for the aircraft industry, Gogo, will launch a wireless broadband service capable of speeds over 70Mbps with Japan Airlines next year, with eyes on expanding that to up to 100Mbps and across other airlines soon after. It is utilising... >>

Supersonic private jet to feature HD screen-walls instead of windows

Supersonic private jet to feature HD screen-walls instead of windows

By 19 February 2014

Spike Aerospace is creating a private jet that makes every seat both a window and isle placing thanks to an HD wall-screen that displays the outside. The supersonic jet, due in 2018, will use live-streaming screens to display what is going on outside... >>

Superfast satellite internet coming to UK trains, planes and boats

Superfast satellite internet coming to UK trains, planes and boats

By 21 January 2014

Ofcom has just announced that it's going to free up satellite bandwidth to allow superfast internet access on trains, boats and aircraft in the UK. The new broadband speeds should deliver 10 times faster connections than are currently available while... >>

Thomson Airways to name plane after member of public following Twitter campaign

Thomson Airways to name plane after member of public following Twitter campaign

By 23 July 2012

Keep your eyes peeled and your Twitter account open for a chance to have an aircraft named after you. Thomson Airways is running a viral social network campaign in a bid to find a name for its first 787 Dreamliner.  The public is being asked to keep... >>


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