Virgin Galactic could be a real space line
This is either a blinding 'flash of light' moment, or a real 'duh' moment cos all you guys saw it coming already and I'm the last to join the cluetrain.
Like most people, I've been fascinated by the advances made by Burt Rutan & Richard Branson's space programme - though at the same time deeply irritated by its constant appearance in travel publications just because it is being marketed like another Branson airline. My line has been that "space tourism" will only exist when they start selling room nights in orbit or on the moon! For now it is simply a "space experience".
But I'm now wondering if I was slightly...wrong. Maybe it is about travel.
I was writing a short item this morning about hard-hat tours of the construction site in New Mexico for Spaceport America, the new home for Virgin Galactic, and I remembered I had seen something recently about plans for a Spaceport Scotland in Lossiemouth.
At the time I just thought: "Ah, interesting. Branson may expand his thrill ride operations to Europe, just like Disneyland!"
But now I find there is also a Spaceport Sweden.
So here comes the duh/flash moment...
Wait a sec. Just because a Virgin Galactic spaceship takes off from Scotland, doesn't mean it has to return there. It could land in, say....New Mexico, less than an hour later. Now THAT is the beginning of an airline! Or rather a space line.