6 Aviation innovations setting the benchmark high for 2018

2018-01-04 18:00 - Kavitha Pillay
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Cape Town – Taking flying to new heights, these aviation innovations in 2017 have impressed us beyond our wildest imaginations.

Not only are airlines adopting more powerful and luxurious designs, but so are airports improving their structures, thereby giving flyers all-round satisfaction in the aviation industry. With so many advances made in 2017, we’re excited to see what 2018 has to offer.

These are the jaw-dropping #PlanePorn innovations of 2017 that we simply can’t get enough of.

#PlanePorn: Lufthansa takes business class travel to new heights

Lufthansa’s brand-new business class concept includes new and improved seats with a wider cabin for increased comfort. Passengers in the new business class will have direct access to the aisle, greater personal space, more privacy, generous storage compartments and flat surfaces.

Digital interfaces will also allow customers to control seat functions and in-flight entertainment from their personal device. Check it out:

While these new offerings will only be available in 2020, for now flyers can enjoy exclusively designed mattresses, get sleeping sweaters on request, as well as new blankets.

#PlanePorn: Emirates welcomes 100th A380 to its fleet

Emirates received its 100th Airbus A380 marking its long relationship with the airplane manufacturer. The airplane model was lauded for its impact on the aviation industry and pushing innovation in the field.

Not only is it the world’s largest commercial passenger jet but it is quiet and efficient, redefining the thinking around in-flight products and experience.

WATCH: Singapore Airlines' double beds take #PlanePorn to the next level

Singapore Airlines revealed its forward-facing double beds and double suit to share on Airbus A380, taking #PlanePorn to a whole new level.

The new Singapore Airlines suites and Business Class cabin offers more personal space and luxury. Check it out:

#PlanePorn: Air Mauritius flies high with new Airbus

Air Mauritius received its first A350-900 which made its maiden voyage from Toulouse in France to Mauritius.

This forms part of the country’s vision to develop itself not only as a tourist destination but also as the main hub for Indian Ocean air travel.

The new aircraft is equipped with Air Mauritius’ latest cabin products including new seats, an all-new in-flight entertainment system and in-flight connectivity that will provide the airline with the ability to offer more modern conveniences to its passengers.


#PlanePorn: Boeing unveils latest 737 Max 10 aircraft

Boeing has unveiled its latest offering, 737 Max 10, which incorporates the latest engines, advanced technology winglets, Boeing sky interior, large flight deck displays, and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency.

The new aircraft also offers larger flight deck displays and a modified wing for low-speed drag reduction.

#PlanePorn: Singapore opens new high-tech airport terminal

Singapore's Changi Airport opened a cutting-edge, new terminal with a fully automated check-in system including facial scanning and computerised baggage drop points.

It is packed with new technology, meaning passengers should in theory be able to check-in and board without having to talk to airport staff.

Changi, often voted the world's best airport, is among hubs worldwide rolling out new technology as the fight intensifies for long-haul travellers.

PIC: Rare rolling clouds make for incredible #PlanePorn

While not an innovation of any sort, this natural sighting makes for #PlanePorn we only wish to experience.

On board a flight from Perth to Adelaide in Australia, a flyer snapped this spectacular image of a rare cloud formation called rolling clouds, also known as 'morning glory clouds', which are low, horizontal, tube-shaped arcus clouds. 

These clouds usually appear to be "rolling" about a horizontal axis, like waves approaching the shoreline. One of the most famous frequent occurrences of these clouds actually occur in Queensland, Australia.  Check it out:

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