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Beijing’s new mega-airport ready to open

Beijing Daxing International Airport (PKX) will see its first commercial flight take off around September 20, according to Chinese state media, with main tenant China Southern planning to deploy an Airbus A380, the world’s biggest airliner, for the maiden journey.Steven Jiang (CNN)

Indonesia picks site for new capital as Jakarta sinks

Concerns over the sustainability of the congested and rapidly sinking political center of Jakarta prompted the need for a new capital. The relocation was announced Monday by President Joko Widodo. The proposed location, near the relatively underdeveloped cities of Balikpapan and Samarinda, is a far cry from the crowded powerhouse which has served as Indonesia’s financial heart since 1949 — and Widodo acknowledged that moving the country’s capital to the island will be a mammoth and expensive undertaking. But Jakarta’s rapid expansion in recent years has presented myriad environmental, economic and safety concerns, prompting the government to look elsewhere and ease the strain on the massive metropolis.Rob Picheta (CNN)

Why long-haul airplanes are getting smaller

We’ve used all of the talents of Airbus to come together on the XLR and really optimize the airplane from a passenger experience perspective. The airplane in terms of systems has been optimized for longer-range flights for up to 10-hour flights, whether it’s [lavatory] holding tanks, water storage or trash.Jeff Knittel (Airbus)

World’s shortest super jumbo A380 flight

Two daily A380 flights between Dubai and Muscat International Airport are scheduled to take to the skies on July 1. The distance between the two cities is just 340 kilometers (211 miles). Fun fact: That’s shorter than the length of all the wiring in the A380, which, according to plane manufacturer Airbus, would stretch over 500 kilometers if laid out end to end.Karla Cripps (CNN)

Delicious reasons to visit Kenya

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Is ultra-low-cost air travel really worth it?

Ryanair, the famed European budget carrier, boasts that its average fares do not actually cover the cost of flying the passenger. […] The airlines use complex software to make dynamic price adjustments based on historical data, competitor fares, expected and actual sales for a particular fare class on a flight, along with some oversight by internal teams.Mike Arnot (CNN)

World’s best airport for 2019 revealed

1. Singapore Changi Airport; 2. Tokyo International Airport (Haneda); 3. Incheon International Airport (Seoul, South Korea); 4. Hamad International Airport (Doha, Qatar); Hong Kong International Airport; 6. Central Japan International Airport; 7. Munich Airport (Germany); 8. London Heathrow Airport; 9. Narita International Airport (Japan); 10. Zurich Airport (Switzerland)Skytrax

New airplane seats could transform economy

British design company LAYER has devised a prototype seat, designed for use in Airbus economy cabins on short to mid-haul flights, that promises to deliver heightened comfort levels. Dubbed “Move,” this concept seat is made of a fancy fiber that’s connected to built-in smart sensors — allowing passengers to manually control seat temperature, tension, pressure and movement, all via an app on their phone. The app will also let passengers know when it’s time to get up and stretch their legs or take a sip of water.Francesca Street (CNN)

High-speed trains are finally coming to the US

Currently, the majority of Americans travel predominantly by car. According to Census data, only about five percent of U.S. workers commuted regularly to work by public transportation, including by subway or regional rail, in the years 2012 to 2016.Lilit Marcus (CNN)

What a million-dollar ski vacation looks like

Where there were once wooden fondue rooms and raucous nightclubs, there are now crystal-encrusted showers, Krug and truffle picnics in the snow, burnished gold swimming pools and multi-Michelin star meals — next to which the actual skiing often pales by comparison.Melissa Twigg (CNN)

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