Company Pitches 'Flying Trains With Removable Wings' Idea To Boeing

July 11, 2018

Maurice Ricci, a French entrepreneur and founder of engineering and technology consulting firm Akka Technologies has just pitches his 'Link & Fly' (not to be confused with Link & Park) concept for train/plane cabin-like tubes that can be loaded with passengers at a neighborhood station, then railed to the airport, where modular wings will be attached, and the plane take to the skies. I don't know about you, but personally I'm not thrilled about the idea of flying in a plane with wings made to come off.

With Akka's futuristic concept, passengers would board a train-like tube at a neighborhood station and have their retinas scanned for security during the ride to the airport. Wings would then be attached to the pod for take-off.

Ricci estimates at least thirty minutes could be saved during each airport turnaround, and increase short flight rotations like that from Paris to Toulouse (approximately an hour and 15 minute flight) from 7 to 9 per day. Will it ever actually happen? Maybe. Will it happen in our lifetime? *eying the sky for nukes* Possibly. Will I ever ride one unless there's free Wi-Fi and every single seat is an ejector seat? Absolutely not.

Keep going for a video of the concept.

Thanks to Thaylor H, who agrees if there's any train that should be able to fly, it's the Hogwarts Express.

  • Deksam

    All they need now is for the pod to have an ejection system reserved just for dire emergencies and it should deploy 4 big parachutes to land slowly on land or water.

  • paperboy

    Sleeping dogs, motherfuckers... or something. If it ain't broke... and stuff.

  • Damon Sherman

    I honestly don't see how this is better than our current system. I agree with people that this would be great for freight launchers since they can just load up preloaded storage containers without having to load and unload everything.

    But for people, more parts, more potential for something to break.

  • Doog

    Really good point. This could be amazing for freight.

    At some point, in the future, it'll be all automated. The loading/unloading, driving of pods to wings, and even flight. This concept would work especially well in that environment.

  • sizzlepants

    Well... if you ever wanted to tank your engineering consultation company's reputation I'm hard pressed to think of a better way than this.

  • Doog

    Somebody needs to Reverse the 'pod' coming out of the tunnel .gif.

  • Bling Nye
  • Doog

    Hahaha yes! You're amazing

  • Doog

    The part that makes me most uncomfortable about it is that the cabins cockpit is attached to the wings not the 'shuttle' part...

    This would make a terrific concept for a bomber however. The "modular pod" contains the payload that can just be completely disconnected mid-flight.

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  • Mark

    Why stop there. Design it so that it turns into a boat if the plane lands in water!

  • GeneralDisorder

    We'll take the Spruce Moose!

  • TheQiwiMan
  • Mark

    It would bring the Duck Boat to a whole new level.

    (spoken in a monty python voice)

    What flies and also floats?

    a DUCK!

  • Jason Christopher

    Planes can't even get the little clip that holds the tray right... No frakkin way.

  • Mark

    what's wrong with them?

  • Jason Christopher

    I've just had several flights where the tray keeps falling because the little clip is broken, loose, crooked, etc... My logic was if something as simple as that is always failing, I'm gonna pass on the clip-on airplane fuselage.

  • Nicholas Conrad

    Commodities have had it too good for too long. Finally, a conex for *people*!

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