Air travelers probably don't have any plans to watch a plane's wings detach since it might mean trouble. Now, a tech company wants to make it happen.
The one of a kind vision for airplanes is the brainchild of French entrepreneur and CEO of Akka Technologies, Maurice Ricci. He has made tons of money connecting engineers with industrial giants.
About The Concept Plane
Called "Link & Fly," the Akka Technologies' new aircraft design is equipped with removable wings to lessen the turnover time at the airports and make boarding easier and more accessible to the passengers.
Ricci believes that creating a fusion of two popular modes of transportation, which doubles as a plane that can still travel on ground, and a train that can fly through the air, will help improve every passenger's experience.
According to Ricci, after cars go electric and anonymous, the next big improvements will be seen in aircrafts. The CEO added that he has pitched the idea to Boeing, as it aims to limit the dependence on Airbus SE and Renault SA in Europe.
The concept has gathered interests from many potential customers in Asia. Companies that make plans and those who gravitate around the area, especially China, can expect new opportunities for new business.
Comac, a Chinese plane building company, is set to develop its own fleet and could possibly seek help from European aeronautics ecosystem for technology partners.
Ricci is the Akka's biggest shareholder. The company has a value of $1.7 billion and employs engineers that can be hired by customers as project-based consultants. The company has also developed an autonomous car concept in 2008, and has partnered with Dassault Systemes in 2014 to offer the service to carmakers.
The stock of the company has increased about 23 percent this year, most of the time the 1.8 percent increase in the CAC 40 Index and an increase in the wider SBF120 Index.
Many innovative concepts on transportation have come up in the previous years. Uber has investments in flying taxis, which is a battery-powered single-person plane, to Kitty Hawk, a startup backed by Google's cofounder Larry Page.
On the other hand, Airbus has a new division to run the transport of the future, and Boeing has made news on jetpacks.
In the futuristic plane concept, people would have their retinas scanned for security and board a train-looking tube at a neighborhood station. After, wings would be attached to be able to take off. The company has even released a 3D mock-up video.