While it may seem as though we have air travel perfected, there is always room to improve. The aviation industry is constantly changing and evolving, and will continue to push the boundaries of human flight. That being said, the industry has seen multiple newsworthy stories make headlines in the past few days. Here is a quick summary of some of the latest news from the frontlines of aviation.
Emirates Pulls April Fool’s Day Joke
Emirates Airlines, one of the world’s largest airlines, pulled one of the greatest—albeit disappointing—April Fool’s Day jokes of all time. At a time when several other airlines are introducing new design concepts, Emirates figured it would join in on the fun by posting concept drawings of new airplane features on their social media accounts. The drawings showcase an innovative triple decker airplane, with standard seating up top, a game room on the second floor, and a swimming pool and gym on the third floor. The concepts garnered thousands of responses from fans. Who wouldn’t want to pass the time on a long flight with a nice, refreshing swim? Alas, it was nothing more than a cruel prank. The company revealed the joke the following day through a tweet stating, “Our triple-decker aircraft concept was a fun way to bring in April 1st. Thank you for sharing our enthusiasm for air travel as it should be.” Perhaps, someday, technology will be advanced enough to accommodate such desires, but until then, we will just have to keep dreaming.
Boeing Gives Corporate Flight a New Look
As previously mentioned, airlines are designing new concepts to make air travel faster, safer and more fun. Boeing is focusing on the latter with their brand new window designs. Dubbed, “The Skyview Panoramic,” the new window will measure 4.5 feet x 1.5 feet, offering passengers a stunning new look at the skies. Unfortunately, for those interested in experiencing it, the windows will only be implemented on Boeing’s Business Jet, Business Jet 2 and Business Jet Max planes. Business travelers can expect to see the new design sometime next year.