Futuristic airport concepts we may never see come to life

futuristic airport concepts

The future is always looking bright, especially when it comes down to travel. With technology advancements, we’re seeing better and faster airplanes and massive airports that connect people from all over the world, to every inch of it. 

From concept airplanes and airports, to seats and gadgets—we are seeing an evolution of what travel can be. But sometimes, even the coolest technologies don’t make it any further than a computer graphic. So to pay tribute to some of those amazing designs, we’ve picked out some of our favorite airport concepts that we believe could be the next best thing, but may never come to life (at least not in our lifetime). 

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The best 6 apps that save you money when you travel

best travel apps 2017

Spending more money while you’re enjoying time off from work is not ideal, which is why some of the best tech companies have invented great apps for those who love to travel and save as much as possible. 

From finding the best hotel prices and car rental deals, to trip planners and more, these six travel apps that we’ve selected have won their top spot on our list (and we hope they do the same with you!). Here’s which ones we recommend worth having on your phone.

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Vantage Solo: the long-awaited single aisle businesses class seats

single aisle businesses class seats

Thompson Aero Seating has released some exciting news—the introduction of Vantage Solo, a business class seat for smaller aircrafts such Boeing’s 737’s, and Airbus’ A320neo and A321neo. We believe it’s the best of its kind, with direct aisle access and lie-flat beds for everyone sitting in the premium cabin. Usually, you can only enjoy these type of seats on large jets flying long-haul. 

So what can we look forward to, exactly? Let’s take a look at how Thompson has designed this long-awaited single aisle businesses class seat.

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How airplane food has changed in the last 100 years

airplane food history

Airplane food has changed drastically over the past 100 years—it’s been a rollercoaster, going from bad to good and back to bad again once we entered into the twenty-first century (at least for those who are sitting in economy).

However, for those who fly aboard some of the best airlines in the world can expect meals to be over-the-top, especially if you’re in a business or first class seat. But for other airlines, this may not always be the case. 

In-flight meals were not always like this—the 1920’s to the 1940’s was a bad time to eat aboard an airline, whereas the 1950’s through the 1970’s was a terrific period to enjoy luxurious meals regardless if you sat in first or economy. Yes or no?

Let’s take a look at the past century to get a real feel for the history of airplane food, and we’ll let you be the judge! 

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A traveler’s guide through Istanbul’s hidden gems

Istanbul's hidden gems

Istanbul, formerly known as Byzantium and then Constantinople, is a spectacular city with a deep history that dates back to the seventh century BC, when it was founded by King Byzas (hence its first name). In 1453, it was captured by the Ottoman Turks and was part of the large Empire until 1922, when Turkey became an independent country and Istanbul its capital. Now, they city is the economic, cultural, and historic center of Turkey, and continues to be a favorable destination for travelers all over the world, despite recent political issues.

Istanbul is not only a mix of modern and ancient cultures and worlds, but it’s also the only city that is located in both Europe and Asia. From century-old buildings, and modern cafes, to hamams (Turkish baths) and pazars (markets)—Istanbul is full of treasures waiting to be discovered. And to help you experience the best the city has to offer, here’s our top five hidden gems we know you’ll love.

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Sneak peek: NEW British Airways Club World business class

British Airways Club World Business Class

British Airways is gearing up to release their improved business class seat aboard their Airbus A350-1000 and Boeing 787-10 jets, and they are looking sleek. For those of you who fly (or at least love to fly) with the airline often, you can soon enjoy updated seats beginning in the earlier part of 2019. 

The new British Airways Club World cabin will still be in a 2-4-2, forward-backward layout, allowing direct-aisle access for everyone. 

Alex Cruz, British Airways CEO and Chairman, stated in an earlier report that there won’t be a radical change. However, due to increased passenger demands, which have risen over the years, Cruz does aim to have these new Club World seats be in line with present-day expectations.

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Strange airplane rules: here’s what you may not know

strange airplane rules

Flying in an airplane is a privilege, and with that comes rules. Because let’s face it, without them, flying would be much more chaotic than it currently is.

But aside from buckling up your seatbelt, storing your laptop and other larger electronics, and putting away your tray tables for take-off and landing, there are other rules that are strange, but if not followed, it can cost you your seat and your ticket. And no, we’re not talking about an overbooked flight.

So for those of you who like to stay on the safe side, here are some rules for you to consider the next time you fly:

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There’s a scientific reason why it’s always cold inside airplanes

why it's cold inside airplanes

Have you ever felt cold to the bone while flying on an airplane? It can definitely be a pet peeve, adding on to your travel discomfort. But did you know that there’s a medical reason why airlines turn the temperature way down? 

It has to do with hypoxia, a common medical condition experienced by airline passengers. When the tissue in the body doesn’t get enough oxygen, hypoxia occurs. The American Society for Testing and Materials ran a study, revealing how passengers aboard an airplane are more likely to pass out while flying than they would if they were on the ground. 

As such, if an airline cabin is heated (paired with high cabin pressure), it can trigger the onset of hypoxia. And since each person’s body temperature varies, airlines would rather maintain a much cooler cabin and cause several passengers to be cold, rather than have a single passenger pass out. 

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The largest airport in the world will soon make its debut

largest airport in the world

The largest airport in the world—the Beijing Daxing International Airport (unofficial name)—will open next year. Located in Beijing’s Southern district, the new airport is a way for the country to open up its doors even wider to the growing world of travelers from the East to the West. 

For airlines like China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines, this New Airport will become their new home base. It also will allow travelers to make easy connections for those who will be flying aboard the airlines part of the SkyTeam Alliance.  

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