FrontRunners: By Air, Land, and Water

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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.

The 19-passenger copter will have an extended range and features to ensure maximum comfort…
The jet’s large floor plan allows for the addition of an office and a bedroom…
The six-seat, twin-engine jet has a reworked interior and upgraded technology…
The two-seat jet is being developed for both private and military flying…
The design concept incorporates technology found on Mercedes-Benz automobiles…
The new improvement to the BBJ private aircraft reduces drag and adds range…
The company’s design could reduce the flight time between Washington, D.C., and Paris by 3 hours…
The ergonomic chair promises to make long-range flight much more comfortable…
The fractional provider recently took delivery of a custom G450LXi, with more on the way…
The simulated fireplace replicates the heat, sound, and intensity of a real fire…