London to anywhere in under two hours?
October 3rd, 2011 by elisa

Relatives living half way across the world? They may seem so far away now, but imagine being able to visit them in under two hours from London? At the moment you’d be lucky to get to Spain in that time, but if a Formula One tycoon and KLM have anything to do with it the first tickets to travel anywhere in the world in under two hours will go on sale in 2014!

Michiel Mol, a Dutchman who co-owns the Force India F1 team is linking up with KLM to develop a spacecraft for sub-orbital flights which could reach every city on Earth within two hours.

Tickets are priced at £60,000 which is a little pricey for most, but their ambition is to start commercial space travel with the first scheduled flights in 15-20 years, according to The Sunday Times.

Mol said of the plans: “Being able to travel from London to Sydney in an hour and 45 minutes, that is the future.

“It is also the reason why KLM joined our firm Space Expedition Curacao as a partner.”

KLM chief executive, Peter Hartman said: “The programme’s aim is to make space flights – the future of travel – accessible in a responsible and sustainable way by developing and promoting new technologies.”

Sir Richard Branson has already announced his intention to become the first private space tourism operator, with seats costing £130,000 each.

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