Another Partnership for Virgin Hyperloop OneOctober 12, 2020
Virgin Hyperloop One (VHO) is now a partner of Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), as both companies want to inquire whether the hyperloop technology could be beneficial as a way of improving connections from Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (BLR). BIAL plays the role of an operator of the award-winning Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (KIAB/ BLR Airport). The deal that has been signed by both parties is a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The agreement has been executed by both Sultan bin Sulayem, Chairman of Virgin Hyperloop and DP World, and Mr. T.M. Vijay Bhaskar, IAS, Chief Secretary, Government of Karnataka and Chairman of the Board of Directors at BIAL, in the presence of Mr. Kapil Mohan, IAS, Principal Secretary, Infrastructure Development Department, Government of Karnataka. Both parties believe that this move will help with supporting the economic growth in Bengaluru and in the same time will be a way of fighting the congestion problem. Moreover, having a hyperloop system connecting the airport with the city could come in handy when it comes to time-sensitive deliveries of cargo.
Its goal of it is to conduct a feasibility study for a hyperloop corridor which connects BLR Airport with the city centre. From the preliminary analysis it seems that with the fully developed technology it would take less than 10 minutes to reach the centre. This MoU is also aimed at making BLR Airport a transportation hub which could connect people in a unique and very efficient way. BLR Airport is already doing a great job with it, since it is scheduled to be connected with the sub-urban railway as well as with metro.
Before the main feasibility study begins, there will be another, pre-feasibility one. It will be run in two phases – each one of them will take six months. They will be focused on technical and economic aspects in connections with the route feasibility.
The plan is also to include some improvements in passengers’ experience. The trips will have a chance to be multimodal (thanks to the possibilities provided by this transportation hub) with seamless check-in and security. This would mainly concern the people travelling with both the hyperloop and the plane.
Virgin Hyperloop is known for their resilience and perseverance when it comes to the development of the first fully-functional hyperloop system. They have also been working with Indian government for quite a while, since the company sees a great potential there. It might be that soon enough that VHO will prove that they have been right all this time.