Amazing, isn’t it? The new Gulfstream G650 has an order book of 200 customers. A $65 million dollar price tag doesn’t seem to detract from the fascination with this incredible airplane. While the rest of the business aviation industry is battling the depressed economy, there seems to be a buoyant market in the U.S. and abroad for this ultra-high-priced, high-performance jet. And why not? With a top speed of 92% of the speed of sound (arguably the fastest civilian jet in the world), room for a basketball team, 8,000-statute-mile range and some of the most sophisticated avionics rivaling nearly anything in the sky, this airplane is perfect for doing business on a global scale. Because of its superlatives, including price, however, it also appeals greatly to the ‘if you’ve got it, flaunt it” crowd.
Some elite fliers on United Airlines are now able to speed through security at special Transportation Security Administration PreCheck lanes at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.
Newark joins Chicago O’Hare International Airport and George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston as airports where qualified United passengers can use the expedited security lanes.
The airline, part of United Continental Holdings Inc., said Wednesday that fliers out of Washington’s Dulles International Airport will be able to use the service next month.
Passengers on Delta Air Lines and American Airlines, part of AMR Corp., are able to use the program at more than a dozen airports. United, US Airways Group Inc. and Alaska Air Group Inc. have been slower to roll out the program but are now catching up.
We’ve seen futuristic airport ideas for London before, and now here’s a proposal to create a floating airport on the surface of London’s River Thames Estuary. The proposed “London Britannia Airport” would not be built on reclaimed land added to the center of the river, but rather with buildings and runways tethered to the seabed.
San Fran-based architectural firm Gensler is behind the design of the unique $80 billion proposal. The concourse would sit in the center of the Estuary, and four tethered runways, each five kilometers long, would float around it. Access to the airport would be provided via a new high-speed underground railway that whisks travelers either to London or off to the rest of Europe. Want to take your car? No problem, as the plans allow for three parking terminals nearby on land.