FrontRunners: By Air, Land, and Water

  • Jessica Taylor

In addition to its limousine and motorbike services, Virgin Atlantic (www.virginatlantic.com) will offer its upper-class passengers transportation between London and Heathrow International Airport in a chauffeured Gibbs Aquada. Billed as the world’s first street-legal, high-speed sports amphibian, the $115,000 vehicle is capable of driving faster than 100 mph on land and in excess of 30 mph on water. Should you hit traffic on your way to the airport, the driver will simply head to the Thames’ nearest slipway and cruise the city’s historic river before rejoining the roads on the final leg of the journey, saving you as much as 30 minutes in travel time. Virgin planned to begin the service by the end of the summer.

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