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Transport Overview n° 42

Transport Overview n° 42


Overview n°42 by Christine Raynard, Sustainable Development Department

1) The U.S. airline Delta Airlines has introduced a new compensation system.

In case of "overbooking" on long-haul flights, Delta Airlines no longer offers passengers a voluntary compensation, but invites them to fix the price a report on another flight by an auction system in real time.
In some cases, passengers can even make an offer before going to the airport.
One study remained confidential, of a U.S. firm The airline provides, in 78% of cases, more compensation than would have asked the customer.
Delta Airlines hopes to save 15 to 20% of compensation paid to passengers for flights overloaded.
This system would not apply in Europe, because the benefits are set by law.

2) The airline Helvetic Swiss International Air Lines is considering a collaboration with the TGV Lyria.
Initially, this partnership would be tested on the Paris - Geneva, on which Swiss International Air Lines does not have its own aircraft, but works in "code share" with Air France, with more intense competition from Easyjet.
By booking on the company website, travelers can choose between two modes, plane or train, quite comparable in travel time and in prices.
The journey takes place in just over three hours by TGV, against one fifteen plane. But adding the baggage check, boarding formalities, the airport exit, the approach routes city - airport, on departure and arrival, the total time is around three hours.
As minimum price, it amounts to 262 Swiss francs (208 euros) for a train journey and 228 Swiss francs (180 euros) for the aircraft.
The airline could buy the whole compartments in trains and affix logo.
Secondly, Swiss International Air Lines is the Paris - Zurich.

3) Rosatom nuclear power company and Russian Railways will submit by the end of the year, a nuclear-powered train.
This train will run through a fast reactor and initially, will act as a scientific laboratory.
It may also be readily converted into a mobile nuclear power plant, and can provide energy to remote areas and in some industrial sites.
The cost of this project and security issues of the train are not known.

4) Hamburg-Cologne-Express (HKX) will become the first in September 2011, the first competitor of the German Railways (Deutsche Bahn) for passenger rail transport over long distances. HKX provide three flights a day between Hamburg and Cologne, in trains and offer a completely new service in cars, places for families, spaces for bikes ...
Keolis (SNCF) had also planned to expand into this line, but finally did.

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