Fast-forward to 2050: Airbus’ vision of future air travel

futuristic airplanes

Have you ever wondered what air travel will be like in the future?

When we think “future air travel”, some of us imagine concepts (such as the image above) and sustainable aviation to come into existence 100 to 200 years from now, but for Airbus, this is what they envision 50 years from now. The future is looking bright!

Airbus’ vision for 2050 air travel has been named the “Smarter skies”, which focuses on these five elements: eco-climb, express skyways, low-noise, free-glide approaches and landings, low emission ground operations, and use of sustainable biofuels and energy supplies. Each one concentrates on the advances in technology and the demands of the passenger, while still respecting the environment. Let’s take a deeper dive into each of the five sections above to get a better understanding of what the future of air travel has in store for us.

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Secrets of air travel that will surprise you

air travel secrets

Airlines have many secrets, and some are more interesting than others. Did you know that most of the time, pilots may be sleeping, not flying? It’s all in the machine.

But that’s not all. We’ve recently discovered that there is much more than us travelers never knew until experts reveal the most interesting things that happen (or are common) about air travel. From the amount of money air traffic controllers make, and what airplanes go through, to what happens to our lost luggage—here are some of our favorites below:

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A look at aviation safety history from 1945 until now

history of aviation

Air travel has transformed the way we live our lives, thanks to the significant enhancement in safety. It has allowed us to trust it as a means of transportation, connecting businesses and all of us around the globe, together.

Evolution in aircraft technology and improvements in-flight navigation, training, and air traffic control have made flying much safer. But what makes it so interesting is how much it has changed from the mid-1940s up until now.

Curious? Let’s take a look at aviation safety history starting from 1945.

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Introducing the SIMBA Air-Hybrid®: a one-of-a-kind airline seat

SIMBA business class seat

A bed in the sky is a traveler’s ultimate dream, but as many of you who travel in business or first class know that many seats—even the ones we pay the most for—are not as comfortable as our beds at home.

But that’s not the case anymore with the SIMBA Air-Hybrid®, “the world’s most advanced airline seat promising the ultimate sleep environment” for those of you who have a challenging and never-ending travel schedule.

This airline seat design has been incorporated with SIMBA’s mattress technology, featuring Aerocoi pocket springs, memory foam, heat regulation, and body support—the best comfort you can ever imagine on an airplane. Moreover, the seat reclines automatically into a position known as “zero-g”, allowing you to lay down without adding pressure on your back and spine. As a result, your body can regulate blood flow for an even more comfortable flight.

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These are the best destinations for Business Class travel in 2017

cheap destinations for business class travel

Now that the weather is getting warmer in many places around the world, many of us are beginning to plan out our travels for this year. And since the US Dollar has strengthened even more, destinations in South America, Europe and Asia have become even cheaper to travel to, especially for those of you who enjoy the luxuries of traveling in business class to get you there.

So to help you decide on the best destinations where you can stretch your dollars the furthest, we’ve put together the chart below to show you change of the currency versus the USD, and average round-trip airfare prices versus our consolidator rates for business class seats.

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Zodiac’s Optima is the ultimate business class seat

Zodiac Optima business class seat

For those of you traveling in business class, comfort and service are the two main reasons why you decided to paid extra. But for those of you who travel in business often know that not all seats are created equal. Some business class seats offer more leg space than others, some more high-tech than others, and some even more comfortable, converting into fully-flat beds while others don’t.

That is why Zodiac Aerospace has created Optima—the perfect balance of efficiency and comfort—by designing a seat and a configuration that combines both angled and in-line seats so that everyone has direct access to the aisle. Moreover, this seat design allows you to have automatic privacy screens so that you can disconnect from your neighbor (if traveling individually).

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The golden age of travel: what we don’t see anymore today

The Golden Age of travel

The Golden Age of travel consisted of piano bars, open lounges, large meals, plenty of legroom, brilliant service and an entire plane set up in a way that’s comfortable for everyone flying.

Nowadays, we’re stuck sitting in a seat for 3, 6 even 19 hours at a time in an airplane full of passengers. And unless we’re paying up several thousand for a first or business class ticket, we don’t get to lounge around, spread out or get the best service we deserve.

But as we mentioned earlier, that wasn’t always the case. Here’s a list of things travelers once were able to experience while flying, but won’t ever be able to today.

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A look at Airbus A330neo: the future for commercial airlines

Airbus A330neo jet

Last year, Airbus was working hard on a brand new and sleek design called Airspace by Airbus for the A330neo aircraft, focusing on comfort, aura, creativity and services.

Airspace by Airbus gives off the feeling of openness like that of space. In addition to the interior improvements, the A330neo is designed to be more efficient with less fuel burn. It will be able to travel 7,500 nautical miles and seat an average of 257 passengers across three cabins.

Delta Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, AirAsia, CIT, Iran Air, Hawaiian Airlines, Tap Portugal, Avolon and Arkia Israeli Airlines have already made their orders (for a total of 210), which will begin commercial service later this year. So what can you expect aboard these futuristic spaceships? Let’s take a look.

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A local’s guide through Seoul, the megalopolis of South Korea

Seoul city guide Korea

After the end of World War II, Korea was divided between the North and the South. Since then, South Korea—unlike its sister up north—has become a superpower, both culturally and economically. And its capital, Seoul, is where you can see and experience high-tech and pop culture mixed in-between Buddhist temples, palaces and street markets.

From futuristic art museums and galleries, elaborate shopping and some of the most delicious food in Asia, Seoul has become a popular destination for travelers all over the world. But to really get a feel for the true Seoul, we’ve created this guide that will have you wanting more from this megalopolis.

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Stretch your dollar even further at these top destinations

deal destinations

It’s that time again! Pack your bags and go on an international getaway to these destinations where the dollar is strong—allowing you to experience more for a lot less. The order of the list is based on the amount it would cost you to visit, the number of world-class luxuries, the price of a hotel stay and the rate of exchange.

From beautiful beaches in Europe, and the architectural phenomena in Arabia, to the mythical and diverse cultures and people of Asia—these destinations are a must for 2017.

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