Update, September 17, 2021: Luxury air travel is only a few years away! The world's largest aircraft that's basically a flying mansion—dubbed the Airlander 10 and also known as the "Flying Bum"—will be ready to fly passengers in 2025.
The vehicle that's part airship, part helicopter, and part plane could transport up to 100 passengers "on short-haul journeys, connecting regions and emitting 90 percent less CO2," Hybrid Air Vehicles, the company that created the aircraft, announced.
As far as the routes go, the 302 feet long aircraft can pretty much go anywhere—whether it's from Seattle to Vancouver or Oslo to Stockholm. It can take off and land on nearly any flat surface, including water. Onboard, the Airlander can be configured to suit the travelers' needs. It can have 90 seats arranged for a day of sightseeing from the sky or 40 seats for a dinner among the clouds. It can even be arranged to create up to eight double en-suite rooms. Oh, and there's a bar, lounge, and even some see-through flooring.
Details on how much a trip might cost, how you can book it, or where you can officially travel haven't been announced yet. Hopefully, we'll know more in the near future!
Original, July 30, 2018: If you're someone who hates flying — the close quarters! the plane food! the germs! — this might make you reconsider your stance. There's now a hybrid airship that's practically a flying mansion.
Created by Hybrid Air Vehicles, the Airlander 10 (as it's known) is part airship, part helicopter, and part plane. It's 302 feet long, which — as Business Insider points out — is about 60 feet longer than the world's largest passenger plane, the Airbus A380. Basically, this thing is massive.
The Airlander 10 will host three-day excursions, where up to 19 passengers can cruise the skies in style. Hybrid Air Vehicles recently released photos of what the airship interior will look like, and, well, I can imagine every Instagram blogger ever wanting to be on that first official flight.
It's pretty much the cruise ship of the sky. The concept behind the Airlander is to rethink flying as an experience rather than a quick way to get where you're going. "Air travel has become very much about getting from A to B as quickly as possible. What we're offering is a way of making the journey a joy," said CEO Stephen McGlennan is a press release.
In total, there are 10 en-suite bedrooms, a bar, and a lounge area. If the purpose of the Airlander 10 is to enjoy the experience, there's no better way to do it than in this glass lounge. The see-through flooring will give passengers views from every angle at 16,000 feet above.
Want to book your flight right now? You'll need to have some patience. The Airlander 10 has to complete 200 incident-free hours in the sky before it can take commercial passengers. And while it's recently completed six successful test flights, it crashed on its second test flight in 2016. And in 2017 it collapsed before take-off after completing a successful test flight. So, for now, may I suggest booking a cruise?
Oh, and, if all you can think about is how it looks a lot like a butt, you're not alone. The Airlander has actually been nicknamed "The Flying Bum" because of its shape.
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