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42 Astounding Air Travel Innovations

— July 31, 2008 — Unique
With oil prices at record highs, air travel is guaranteed to look much different in the future. Flight has come a long way in terms of innovative technology, but it's also gone down immensely in terms of economy class hospitality for many airlines to compensate for higher fuel prices.

Trend Hunter has covered a lot of news on emerging airlines, from nudist flights, outer space weddings with Virgin Galactic to completely free flights from other advertising-heavy airlines. We've also seen the world's largest airport erected in Beijing this year, and Lufthansa's entire terminal dedicated to pampering its first class passengers.

Enjoy a look into the future of air travel. We kick off with Virgin's top innovations followed by the world's most amazing new terminals.
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Crystal Ball of Flight Delays
Crystal Ball of Flight Delays
DelayCast.com
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Hotels / Airlines Forced to Accommodate Pets As "Emotional Support"
Hotels / Airlines Forced to Accommodate Pets As "Emotional Support"
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New Airline Security Mechanisms
New Airline Security Mechanisms
Tunnel of Truth
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Bizarre Travel Rituals
Bizarre Travel Rituals
Airline Sacrifices Goats
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38
Charging Fliers by Weight
Charging Fliers by Weight
Derrie-Air
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37
Luggage Delivery
Luggage Delivery
Travel Hassle Free
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36
WiFi Flying High
WiFi Flying High
BetaBlue on Jet Blue Airlines
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35
Not So Random "Random" Searches
Not So Random "Random" Searches
Airport Customs
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34
14 Hour & 40 Min Ad
14 Hour & 40 Min Ad
Emirates Airlines Non-Stop Info From Dubai to Sao Paulo
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33
Eco Check-In
Eco Check-In
Terminal 4 at Madrid Barajas Airport
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32
Japanese Robot Carries Luggage
Japanese Robot Carries Luggage
RoboPorter at Kita Kyushu Airport
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Smintair
Smintair
Smoker's International Airline
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30
First Renewable Fuel Flight
First Renewable Fuel Flight
Virgin Atlantic Flies On Babassu & Coconut Oil
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29
Flying Casinos
Flying Casinos
Airbus A380 Spark Interest in Asian Markets
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Aerial Billboards.  How effective will they be?
Aerial Billboards. How effective will they be?
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Luxury Terminal
Luxury Terminal
Exclusive Quatar Terminal for 1st Class
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Lufthansa Sterotype Ads
Lufthansa Sterotype Ads
RumorTravels Campaign
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25
Triple Bunk Jet
Triple Bunk Jet
Lufthansa Fits More Passengers Horizontally
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24
Top 19 Virgin Innovations + Branson's New Book
Top 19 Virgin Innovations + Branson's New Book
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23
Eco Planes
Eco Planes
Bombardier Reveals The CSeries Jet
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22
Video Ad Spoofs British Airways
Video Ad Spoofs British Airways
Silverjet Airlines
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21
Barf Bag Advertising
Barf Bag Advertising
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20
PickPocket Guerrilla
PickPocket Guerrilla
Fake Hands Placed In Bags by Brussels Airlines
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19
PR Damage Control
PR Damage Control
China Airlines Covers Logo After Crash
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18
Portable Digital Scale
Portable Digital Scale
Balanzza Easily Weighs Luggage
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17
Designer Barf Bags
Designer Barf Bags
Puke in style
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16
Video Glasses for Frequent Flyers
Video Glasses for Frequent Flyers
Mikimoto-Beans i-Theater
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15
Urban Art & Music Flights
Urban Art & Music Flights
Vueling by MTV
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14
Flying Green
Flying Green
Boeing's 787 Dreamliner
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13
Paper Shampoo
Paper Shampoo
Airport Security Safe Hygiene Innovations
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12
Carbon Neutral Flying
Carbon Neutral Flying
Silverjet is the World's First Eco-Stylish Airline
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11
Airport VIP For Pets
Airport VIP For Pets
Lufthansa Frankfurt Animal Lounge
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10
$250,000 Plane Ticket
$250,000 Plane Ticket
Singapore Airbus A380
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9
Free Plane Tickets
Free Plane Tickets
ULCCS Like RyanAir Offer Free Flights
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8
Mile High Club For Women Used to Promote Women Only Bathrooms
Mile High Club For Women Used to Promote Women Only Bathrooms
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7
Hello Kitty Airbus
Hello Kitty Airbus
Eva Air Proves Japanese Anime Continues To Rise
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6
Ceilingless Airplanes
Ceilingless Airplanes
Emirates Airbus A340-500
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5
Travelling in Luxury
Travelling in Luxury
Japan Airlines Introduces First Class Suites
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4
Airports as Monuments
Airports as Monuments
9 Amazing New Airports
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3
Too Hot for Takeoff
Too Hot for Takeoff
Southwest Airlines Sued for Booting Under-Dressed Hooters Waitress
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2
E-Paper Boarding Pass Watches
E-Paper Boarding Pass Watches
Ticketime
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1
Nudist Flights
Nudist Flights
Naked Travel in Germany With OssiUrlaub.de
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