Royal Dutch Airlines KLM announced that it will offer sub-orbital flights to its customers. Members of KLM frequent flyer program Flying Blue can redeem points for space flights. Space flight will be included in future KLM vacation packages as well.
|Space Port Curaçao.|
This program will be a part of Space Experience Curacao (SXC), supported by the Government of Curaçao (pronounced /ˈkʊərəsaʊ/), an overseas territory of the Netherlands in the Caribbean. SXC envisions realizing a Commercial Space Line and Space Port on Curaçao International Airport. KLM will market & sell flights for SXC. The flights are scheduled to start in January 2014.
|View from the right seat of Lynx spacecraft.|
|Lynx Mark I flight profile.|
is capable of flying to a height of over 100 km in altitude.
Virgin Galactic, KLM & SXC's only competitor so far, is charging a $200,000 (€146,500) ticket price for its first flights. KLM is reportedly planning to charge €70,000 a flight. Virgin Galactic scheduled 2012 to begin taking its first passengers into space.