Rolls Royce Targets 300mph Electric Plane Record by 2020

British engineering firm Rolls-Royce has announced plans to take ACCEL, short for “Accelerating the Electrification of flight” the all-electric aircraft to the skies by 2020. The aim is to build a zero-emissions plane that can reach at least 300mph. The current record for an all-electric plane is 210 mph, set by Siemens in 2017.

The project is part-funded by the UK government and includes Rolls Royce, aviation start-up Electroflight and manufacturer YASA and the Aerospace Technology institute.

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Forestcar Car Sharing Service Offers Free Parking at Manchester Airport

Car-sharing service provider Forestcar is set to launch operations at Manchester airport on 14 January in partnership with Airport Parking and Hotels (APH). It allows travellers to make money from renting out their vehicle while they are away,

Car owners get free parking and receive 20 per cent of the rental cost if it is used. The price is set by ForestCar depending on the vehicle type.

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Abu Dhabi International Airport Incorporates ‘Super-Fi’

Super-Fi internet access, which is among the fastest airport Wi-Fi services in the world, has been installed and tested throughout all three terminals. It will now provide millions of travellers with improved online connectivity. The upload and download speeds have been increased to a maximum of 200mbps per user. Internet access is free for public use throughout AUH terminals.

Commenting on the news, the CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports Bryan Thompson:

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Air France Partners with 7 Michelin-Starred Chefs for 2019

In 2019, Air France is entrusting its La Première and Business menus to 7 Michelin-starred chefs on departure from Paris. They will “help design menus, choose products and create the recipes”

La Première

January to March - passengers will be offered dishes by Michel Roth – two Michelin-starred chef and owner of The Bayview Restaurant in Geneva

April to June -   creations by the late Joel Robuchon, who died in August 2018, as Air France honours the memory of “a visionary and virtuoso chef”.

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Duke University - Developing Next Generation Airport Security Scanner

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has tapped the expertise of electrical engineers at Duke University to design and develop a new type of X-ray scanner that combines the best features of two technologies. With the ability to detect not just the 3D shape of an object but its molecular composition, the resulting device could one day become standard in airports the world over.

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Singapore Airlines - World's First Airline with Network-Wide Meal Pre-Ordering

Singapore Airlines has launched an inflight meal pre-ordering service that allows passengers in suites, first class and business classes to pre-select their main courses.

Said to be the first airline to offer such a service on all flights, Singapore Airlines previously soft-launched it in August 2018, but only for trips departing and arriving in North Asia. It allows customers to see and select from menus on the airline’s website from three weeks to 24 hours prior to their flights.

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French Firm Vinci Take Controlling Stake in Gatwick Airport

Vinci Airports, part of infrastructure group Vinci, will buy 50.01% of the UK's second-busiest airport. The other 49.99% will be managed by current owners Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP). The £2.9 billion transaction is expected to be completed by the end of the second quarter of 2019. The result for Vinci - its expansion to 46 airports in 12 countries.

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Emirates Develop App to Reduce Aircraft Turnaround Delays at Dubai Hub

The Hub Monitor was developed in-house and is being used by staff to “share and monitor real time information on the various activities that are carried out to prepare an aircraft for departure”.

It currently takes about 105 minutes to turnaround the Emirates A380, the world’s largest commercial passenger jet, and about 90 minutes to prepare the Boeing 777 aircraft for departure at Emirates’ hub in Dubai.

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Amazon Scouts Airports as Next Locations to Implement Cash Free Stores

Amazon’s ambitious plans to expand the number of cashier-free Amazon Go stores may include opening locations at major airports, Reuters report. To purchase an item in these stores, all you will need is a smartphone.

At existing Amazon Go locations in Seattle, Chicago, and San Francisco, shoppers must scan their smartphones to enter the store; any purchases that follow are automatically charged to their Amazon account via the Amazon Go app when exiting.

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Traveleads - Our Part for Support in Mind Scotland

During 2018 our Edinburgh based team has been fund raising for their chosen charity of the year, Support in Mind Scotland, a fabulous charity which seeks to support and empower all of those affected by mental illness, including family members, carers and supporters! 

Earlier this year they completed the ‘100 Streets Walk Challenge’ in Edinburgh, and in addition to become a little more active, they also managed to raise over £700. 

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