Monday, 20 June 2011

New successor to Concorde revealed at Paris Air Show

The international aviation group EADS has revealed a concept for a plane which would be the successor to Concorde and allow travel between Paris and Tokyo within three hours.

The concept is called the Zero Emission Hyper Sonic Transport and would use rocket power to transport passengers above the Earth's atmosphere and therefore significantly reducing flight times. The science behind ZEHST lies in its three engines. The primary engines would be normal plane using jet engines before using rocket power to shoot into the outer atmosphere and finally, supersonic ramjets when it reaches it's cruising altitude of 32km above ground.

We may have to wait a while to sample this as the proposed launch date is 2050!

Virgin Atlantic pilots to strike for first time in airline's history

The first strike in Virgin Atlantic's history looks likely to take place at the end of June or start of July as the airlines pilots continue their dispute over pay.

The potential disruption is most likely to affect transatlantic routes if the 750 pilots cannot reach a deal over pay. Virgin Atlantic have offered the airlines pilots a 4% pay rise on the back of three years of pay freezes.

Jim McAuslan the General Secretary of The British Airline Pilots Association said pilots had not had a pay increase since 2008, in the belief that they were helping out the airline during tough times and would be rewarded later. This, he said, had not proved to be the case.