Thursday, September 26, 2013

Qatar due to join One World

The national airline of Qatar, Qatar Airways, has announced it will join the One World Alliance on 30th October 2013. The announcement comes after a series of talks as the first of the three big Middle Eastern airlines look to join an alliance.

Qatar Airways will also align its frequent flyer programme with British Airways’ Executive Club and American Airlines’ AAdvantage programmes which will allow passengers to collect and spend miles on each other’s flights.

Monday, September 2, 2013

High Speed California Rail Link...Good or Bad....

It's been five years since the High Speed California Rail Link was first announced and despite positivity and support, the project is still running into problems.

The most recent was a ruling that stated the agency in charge of the rail link had not fulfilled it's financial and environmental policies that were promised at the initial funding stage of the project. Whatever happens, there seems to be a number of people determined not to get the project underway.

The project is expected to be completed by 2029 and will offer travellers journey times between Los Angeles and San Francisco of less than three hours. Approval for the construction of the link took place in July 2012 and is expected to cost almost $10 billion.

Whilst this goes on, Jump Start Fund, a crowdfunding type group has announced that they will aim to deliver the Hyperloop, designed by American entrepreneur Elon Musk, who decided he didn't have enough time to follow the idea from concept to creation. Musk claims that his highspeed line will transport passengers from San Francisco to Los Angeles in a mere 30 minutes, much less than the high speed line expected from the High Speed California Rail Link.

Research will continue into the Hyperloop and it's feasibility possibly causing the original rali link to be defunct, even before the first service commences.