Indian wins Finnair prize for best vision of future flying

June 11th, 2009 - 1:12 am ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 10 (IANS) An Indian has won Nordic carrier Finnair’s award for best envisaging how flying would look and feel like in the future, besting 1,000 competitors from around the world.
The prize, Finnair tickets between Europe and Asia, was won by Dattatray Kuvalekar from India, the airline said in a statement here Wednesday.

To mark the 85th anniversary of its founding, Finnair joined aircraft manufacturer Airbus and other industry experts in envisioning what flying would be like in 2093.

“Around 1,000 visionaries submitted their views on the flying of the future,” said the statement.

In the competition launched in March, people had the opportunity to vote on which aircraft of the future was the most captivating and to present their own visions of what flying of the future might be like.

“The wing-shaped Finnair A600-850, intended for short-haul routes, was voted the most enchanting design,” the statement said.

In Kuvalekar’s vision, flying in the future will be fast and, of course, neutral in terms of its environmental impact.

New technology will guarantee a smooth and efficient travel experienc, he said.

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