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The impressive Airlander 10 is the largest passenger aircraft in the world today, with 301 feet in length and a cargo capacity of 10 tons, it far surpasses the Airbus A380. This hybrid vehicle combines the best of applied technologies in airplanes, helicopters and airships, thus making it a one-of-a-kind flight experience with the best performance and sustainability parameters in the market.
During the development stage, Hybrid Air Vehicles invested more than $30 billion with the intention to definitively change passengers flight experience by focusing on luxury and comfort instead of speed and range. The Airlander 10 can fly at 91 miles per hour and has a range of 1,988 miles.
The inevitable question is, why fly in on the Airlander 10 instead of using a private jet?
The answer is experience. “Our Airlander challenges people to rethink the heavens: that is the driving force behind everything we do, air travel has become a matter of going from A to B as quickly as possible. To make the trip truly enjoyable and unforgettable,” Stephen McGlennan, President of HAV said.
As a result, it is understood that the company intends to provide a new style of service, which can be described as an aerial cruise, in which the passenger enjoys the journey, leaving aside the anxieties of arriving as quickly as possible.
To ensure a luxury environment and exquisite modernity, the interiors of the commercial model of the Airlander 10 were entrusted to the prestigious design studio British Design Q. The cabin of the largest aircraft in the world will feature spacious lounges equipped with low sofas of a exquisite elegance, fully glazed windows that allow incredible panoramic views, an exclusive bar on board and a lounge area with glazed floors that allow you to see the mainland from 20,000 feet.
In addition, the design proposes a series of private en suite cabins, surrounded by huge windows at the foot of each of the beds.
Advantages of the Airlander 10 technology
The technologies included in the aircraft allow various technical advantages such as vertical takeoff, inflatable landing gear that allows the descent of multiple surfaces including water and is also equipped with a triple system of ascension guaranteed by its helium balloons. The propellers of the plane are capable of rotating in all directions and the aerodynamic shape of the aircraft, which is similar to a conventional airplane wing, pushes the Airlander’s nose upwards. All of these combined advantages guarantee lower consumption, greater efficiency, very low sound pollution and an autonomy in surprising time, which reaches 5 days of continuous flight.
All these unprecedented benefits in an aircraft coupled with the luxurious interior developed by Design Q will guarantee a 3-day service in which 19 lucky people will be able to enjoy unique and unrepeatable panoramic views, while they have a cocktail in the bar, read their favorite book in the living rooms or share a romantic evening with your partner in the private cabin.
Despite the difficulties and some accidents suffered in the test flights, HAV promises to complete the 200 hours of testing by the end of 2019 to provide passengers with a new travel experience. The Airlander 10 is, without doubt, a new way of flying that all aviation enthusiasts can look forward too. ■