Rail takes to the air

Rail takes to the air

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Swiss national rail operator SSB is planning to launch an all-electric flying taxi service. The company has inked a deal with Germany’s Lilium, a maker of vertical take-off and landing aircraft, to roll out the initiative.

The flying cab could deliver fast links between train stations and destinations such as airports and business locations.

Lilium has developed jet engines with compressor fans turned by a high-performance electric motor rather than by a gas turbine. It claims they run more quietly than standard engines and that they are completely emission-free.

However, the plan has already drawn plenty of local criticism from parties who believe SSB should concentrate on improving its core rail services rather than launch new services.

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