KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is all set to give some tough competition to Virgin Airlines by announcing that it too will offer sub-orbital flights to it’s customers. The airlines broke the news that they were embarking upon a new relationship with Space Experience Curacao (SXC). The flights are scheduled to start in January 2014 and pending government approval.
The deal will see the Dutch Flag Carrier that it will support Space Experience Curacao by allowing members of its frequent flyer program Flying Blue to redeem points for space flights, as well as including it in future KLM vacation packages. The company declined to give out details like the number of tickets purchased by KLM or how they would be used. But its said that a ride on the Lynx will cost you about $95,000 which is way too lesser than the Virgin Galactic.
In October, Virgin unveiled the new runway at Spaceport America in the US state of New Mexico, where its Virgin Galactic space tourism program is based, which is scheduled to start running in 2012. Both ventures will offer passengers a few minutes of weightlessness beyond Earth’s atmosphere and a view of the planet from a vantage point of about 65 miles above ground.