British Airways i360: World’s first vertical cable car to be operational soon
World’s first vertical cable car that is basically a viewing pod gliding up and down the tallest observation tower is dubbed the British Airways i360 and is set to be operation this summer. The British Airways i360 feature a tower designed on the lines of LondonEye by architect Marks Barfield Architects (the team responsible for the London Eye). The British Airways i360 is 162-metre high observation tower constructed on the seafront of Brighton, West Pier, and it features a vertically ascending and descending circular, glass cable car, which is basically a 200 people viewing platform.
British Airways has penned down a five-year deal to hold the naming rights of the observation tower, a reason it’s being called the British Airways i360. In the name ‘i’ stands for innovation and independence.
Build asides the beach in Brighton; the vertical climbing pod can transport 200 passengers simultaneously, who can enjoy the views up to 26 miles in all directions. The passengers on board can specially enjoy the views across town’s rooftops, coastal landscapes and the English Channel.
Completely air conditioned and centrally heated British Airways i360 is 10 times the size of LondonEye and its construction is almost complete. It is expected to be open for first batch of passenger in summer this year.