Boeing Developing a Flying Train Called "Link & Fly"
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — July 12, 2018
While Elon Musk is busy looking underground for the next generation of mass transit possibilities, an innovative architecture and construction firm has another idea altogether.
U.S based company Boeing is putting forward a wild idea for transporting thousands of people at once, quickly and using energy efficient means. Essentially, they are proposing a flying train.
The Boeing Company is an American multinational corporation that designs, manufactures, and sells airplanes, rotorcraft, rockets, satellites, and missiles worldwide. The company also provides leasing and product support services.
A flying train sounds, to say the least, outlandish but it is possible that such trains will be taking off in the near future.
“After cars go electric and autonomous, the next big disruption will be in airplanes,” suggested Akka Technologies’s Chief Executive Officer Maurice Ricci.
The Flying train will utilize new flagship aircraft designs, with wings that detach to hasten turnover at airports and make boarding easier and closer to passengers’ homes.
The craft's developers are Boeing Co. along with Akka Technologies.
In Akka’s futuristic concept, passengers will board a train-like tube at a neighborhood station and have their retinas scanned for security during their ride to the airport. Wings would then be attached to the pod for take-off. The company has showcased the idea in a 3D mock-up video, gathering interest from potential customers in Asia, company representative Ricci said, without stating any specific names or places.
“Planes need to become more efficient, less polluting and less noisy,” said Ricci. “Our role is to point our customers to technologies of the future.”
The Flying trains' market value would start at around 1.1 billion Euros ($1.3 billion dollars).
The company is looking for engineers to hire on a project basis as consultants.
The company already developed a concept for a self driving car in 2008 and in 2014 partnered with Dassault Systemes to offer their services to car makers.
Similar to Airbus’ A320 jet in size and target use, the Akka Link & Fly would carry 162 passengers at roughly 310 mp, making it faster than the fastest high-speed trains in the world
Even more interesting is the fact that it wouldn’t use jet fuel. Power would come from city power grids or an independent source like solar or wind power. This will be a new frontier for commercial flights.
The current design has a wingspan of about 49 meters, it is 34 meters long and 8 meters high.
Independent of the machine's design specificity, what are people's opinions on actually booking flights on such a contraption? What are the potential benefits and drawbacks?