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Jan 11, 2018
Emirates Air Line

What Does the Future Hold for London’s First and Only Urban Cable Car?

In less than half a year, London’s Emirates Air Line Cable Car (EAL) will be six years old. This means the system’s £36 million, 10-year sponsorship deal with the Emirates will have just four years remaining on its contract. As the system matures, we thought it would be interesting to not only provide readers with a...

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Feb 23, 2017
Emirates Air Line

Emirates Air Line Cable Car: London’s Best Transport Line?

Since the Emirates Air Line (EAL) cable car first took flight in 2012, local media coverage of the system has not been particularly kind. Detractors have called it everything and anything you could think of: white elephant, dangleway, Boris’s vanity project — just to name a few. Unfortunately, what’s often lost in this conversation is the many...

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Mar 07, 2016
Emirates Air Line

Sky-high Storytelling Onboard London’s Emirates Air Line

  Recently we were informed of a special event happening onboard London’s Emirate Air Line Cable Car. As part of World Book Day celebrations, three lucky kids were given the chance last week to meet famous English comedian and author Julian Clary. Julian Clary, comedian and novelist, said: “It was a special moment to read...

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Feb 25, 2016
Emirates Air Line

World Book Day Aboard Emirates Air Line Cable Car

What better way to encourage children to read than to hop aboard the Emirates Air Line Cable Car and listen to some tall tales by Julian Clary. On March 2, three lucky winners will get the chance to spend some time with the famous English comedian and author. Julian has partnered with Transport for London (Tfl)...

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Feb 08, 2016
Emirates Air Line

Love is in the Air! (Again) – Emirates Air Line Cable Car

Looking for a way to really impress your sweetheart come this Valentines Day? Well, if you’re in London next week, the Emirates Air Line cable car will offer passengers a chance to woo their partner with a romantic experience aboard a private cabin excursion. For just £50 per couple, you and your lovebird get roundtrip tickets, Laurent...

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Jan 07, 2016
Analysis, Emirates Air Line

Is the Emirates Air Line Cable Car a Failure?

Unfortunately, the Emirates Air Line Cable Car in London is once again attracting attention for all the wrong reasons. Most recently, a leading mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan commented that if elected, he would freeze transit fares, allow unlimited bus transfers in a one hour timeframe and terminate public funding for the aerial lift. While this kind of statement...

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Feb 04, 2015
Emirates Air Line, Just For Fun

Love is in the Air…Literally

While we’re never zealots for any transit technology, we know that cable cars are basically unmatched when it comes down to “romance and charm.” Don’t believe me? Check out the Roosevelt Island Tram Proposal, Linea Roja Wedding and the Hochzeitsgondel (Wedding Gondola). Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Emirates Air Lines in London is looking to capitalize...

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Jan 07, 2015
Emirates Air Line, Marketing Issues, Thoughts

Emirates Air Line: Success or Failure? It Depends

Over the holiday season, the British media picked up on the story that, apparently, the number of commuters on the Emirates Air Line has literally dropped to zero. Numerous publications (such as here, here, and here) argued this was evidence of the folly of the project and proof of how much of a white elephant...

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Sep 12, 2012
Cable Transit Industry, Emirates Air Line, Engineering, Innovations

How the London Emirates Air Line Cable Car Powers its Cabins

The issue of energy has come up a lot when we talk about urban cable systems — and for a good reason. If cable is going to succeed as the modern, comfortable, city transit technology it claims to be, then such amenities as heating, air conditioning, video screens, wifi, and two-way communication systems are going...

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Jul 31, 2012
Emirates Air Line, London Cable Car

The Emirates Air Line — a photo essay

Last week, friend/designer/planner Yen Trinh travelled to London and rode the city’s newest cable car — the Emirates Air Line. Yen is an Australian based urban planner and city enthusiast. On her blog, the City Love Blog, Yen shares interesting urban-themed discoveries from her world adventures. Today, Yen has compiled a short photo essay from...

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