2. Commercial airplanes are faster than ever.
The Boeing 777-200LR can travel 10,793 miles at a max speed of 560 mph at a cruise altitude of 35,000 feet.
6. Even the bathrooms are high-tech.
Some planes, like the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, even have hands-free sinks.
9. But electric planes are a reality, and could be the future.
Although still in infancy, they exist. Pipistrel’s Taurus G4 can travel 200 miles in less than 2 hours, on the electricity equivalent of less than one gallon of fuel per passenger.
10. Most impressively, commercial space flight is (almost) a reality. You can pay to go to space.
Companies like Virgin Galactic are trying to build and maintain a passenger spaceplane that will take tourists 70 miles above the Earth for short flights in space. Other companies like Golden Spike and Planetary Resources, Inc. are trying to privatize lunar expeditions and asteroid mining.