Germany is currently testing the world’s first carbon dioxide emission-free train powered by hydrogen. The passenger trains—whose only emissions are steam and condensed water—were revealed last month at the Berlin InnoTrans trade show.
The Coradia iLint, created by French company Alstom, generate energy by combining hydrogen stored in tanks on the train with oxygen in the air. The energy is stored in lithium-ion batteries on board.
There are other benefits, too: The trains have lower noise levels than diesel-powered trains, as the only sound they make are from the wheels on the track and air resistance as they rush along at 140 kilometers per hour.
The train can travel up to 700 kilometers on a single hydrogen load and carry up to 300 passengers, making it the first of its kind to regularly operate long distances.
Alstom is testing the trains throughout the year with plans to begin carrying passengers in Germany in late 2017 or early 2018.
Alstom says the cost of its new trains will be similar to that of the diesel-powered ones, making it an attractive option for railway companies.
Banyan Tree Group recently announced its first-ever expansion into Japan with five new properties across four concepts. The hospitality group’s partnership with Wealth Management Group saw Dhawa Yura and Garrya Nijo Castle launch in June, with two more properties slated to open now through 2026. Another partnership with Terraform Capital sees plans to build Cassia, a property in the ski resort of Niseko.
Global business travel is making its way back, even as the pandemic and other world events continue to challenge its return. In a recent poll from the Global Business Travel Association, more than four in five respondents (86 percent) from across the industry said they feel more optimistic than they did at the beginning of the year. Business travel bookings, the need to travel to do business and employee willingness to travel are all on the rise.
American Airlines Mobile ID creates a more seamless, touchless travel experience for American Airlines customers with TSA PreCheck. Recently started at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, AAdvantage members with PreCheck can use Mobile ID at selected checkpoints to verify their identity. AA plans to deploy the technology at Miami (MIA), Phoenix (PHX), Washington, D.C. (DCA) and more later this year.
When American travelers make plans to visit Portugal, Lisbon is usually their first stop.
First opened in 1742 by George William Wilton, a seller of oysters, shrimp and cockles near Haymarket in London, Wiltons continued drawing diners with its delicious food for more than two centuries. This summer, Wiltons celebrates its 280th birthday and its place as one of London’s most beloved fine-dining establishments with a unique dining experience.
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In honor of its 20th anniversary, Four Seasons Hotel Prague celebrates the beauty and eternity of this historic city with a limited-time stay offer. The Eternal Beauty offer includes a stay in one of the Premier River rooms, which boasts unique views of Prague, a limousine transfer and breakfast.