The air traveller's common complaint that it often takes more time to travel from a city to the airport than for the rest of the journey, may be solved in the near future.
SV PAN Vehicle on test run along monorail with two passengers
CU PAN Vehicle manoeuvred by hand PAN TO inscription HSST-01 Japan Air Lines
CU Cockpit and seats (2 shots)
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SV & CU Vehicle with engine running hovering above track (2 shots)
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GV & CU Vehicle going along track (3 shots)
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Background: The air traveller's common complaint that it often takes more time to travel from a city to the airport than for the rest of the journey, may be solved in the near future. Japanese Air Lines (JAL) have successfully tested a vehicle to provide future air travellers with rapid airport-to-town ground transportation.
The test took place in Yokohama on Wednesday (28 January) following five years of development. It is likely to be introduced commercially by 1980. Similar vehicles have been under development in West Germany for a number of years.
The vehicle is designed to eventually carry 120 passengers and their baggage to airports in Japan along elevated tracks at speeds of 300 kilometres (180 miles) per hour.
The HSST (High Speed Surface Transport), as it is called, operates on a magnetic cushion which suspends the vehicle above a track system. The vehicle, powered by electricity, floats one centimetre above the track.
Propulsion is provided by a linear motor and the system requires no wheels or conventional rails.
JAL says it hopes to operate such a vehicle between Tokyo's Haneda Airport and the yet to be opened new Tokyo international airport at Narita via central Tokyo.