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HAV shares first images of planned luxury airship cabin

HAV shares first images of pla...
Plans call for the tourist version of the Airlander 10  airship to feature an Infinity Lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows
Plans call for the tourist version of the Airlander 10  airship to feature an Infinity Lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows
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Currently considered the world's largest aircraft, the Airlander 10 is powered by four 325-hp (242-kW) turbocharged diesel engines
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Currently considered the world's largest aircraft, the Airlander 10 is powered by four 325-hp (242-kW) turbocharged diesel engines
The cabin will be capable of accommodating 19 passengers plus crew, on expeditions up to three days in length
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The cabin will be capable of accommodating 19 passengers plus crew, on expeditions up to three days in length
Plans call for the tourist version of the Airlander 10  airship to feature an Infinity Lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows
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Plans call for the tourist version of the Airlander 10  airship to feature an Infinity Lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows
The cabin will feature an Altitude Bar where passengers can both have drinks and enjoy their meals
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The cabin will feature an Altitude Bar where passengers can both have drinks and enjoy their meals
Another view of the Airlander 10's Altitude Bar
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Another view of the Airlander 10's Altitude Bar
Designed by UK firm Design Q, the passenger cabin will be 46 meters long (151 ft), making it larger than the cabins of most single-aisle aircraft
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Designed by UK firm Design Q, the passenger cabin will be 46 meters long (151 ft), making it larger than the cabins of most single-aisle aircraft
The tourist version of the Airlander 10 could conceivably land at exotic locations that are inaccessible to regular aircraft
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The tourist version of the Airlander 10 could conceivably land at exotic locations that are inaccessible to regular aircraft
One of the Airlander 10's private ensuite bedrooms
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One of the Airlander 10's private ensuite bedrooms
Another view of one of the private ensuite bedrooms
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Another view of one of the private ensuite bedrooms
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Last October, British aerospace firm Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) announced that it was developing a luxury-tourism-oriented version of its otherwise-industrial Airlander 10 airship. This Wednesday, at the Farnborough International Airshow, the company revealed what the interior of that aircraft's cabin will look like.

Designed by UK firm Design Q, the passenger cabin will be 46 meters long (151 ft), making it larger than the cabins of most single-aisle aircraft. It will be capable of accommodating 19 passengers plus crew, on expeditions up to three days in length.

Among its features will be private en-suite bedrooms, an Infinity Lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer "horizon-to-horizon" visibility, and an Altitude Bar where passengers can both have drinks and enjoy their meals.

Currently considered the world's largest aircraft, the Airlander 10 is powered by four 325-hp (242-kW) turbocharged diesel engines
Currently considered the world's largest aircraft, the Airlander 10 is powered by four 325-hp (242-kW) turbocharged diesel engines

Currently considered the world's largest aircraft, the Airlander 10 is powered by four 325-hp (242-kW) turbocharged diesel engines and uses aerodynamic lift like a conventional fixed-wing aircraft to take off, with helium keeping it aloft once it's in the air. Additionally, it can carry payloads of up to 10,000 kg (22,050 lb), and doesn't require a purpose-built runway – this could allow the tourist-version to land at exotic locations that are inaccessible to regular aircraft.

HAV suffered a setback last November, when the parked airship broke free of its mooring mast. An onboard safety system automatically ripped open the hull in order to deflate the aircraft, thus keeping it from drifting. It has since been determined that the mishap occurred due to an incorrectly-secured locking mechanism between the airship and the mast.

Source: Hybrid Air Vehicles

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10 comments
christopher
Surely this is a joke? Every single seat is pointing away from the view...
Douglas Bennett Rogers
This looks like a brand new high end tourism niche.
EZ
In the immortal words of the Firesign Theater; "We're all bozos on this bus."
GregVoevodsky
Issues. The views are not maximized at all. Also, it would be nice to step out onto a deck and float along. I'd say more views, more glass, outdoor hot tub and disco ball at night. ;-). Oh and for the younger crowd. Bunji Jumps from the deck and some more 100 inch 4k TVs for movie night!
Tom Lee Mullins
I think that is really cool. Perhaps it will bring back the air ship cruises without the downfalls that was associated with them. It would be neat to see an rigid airship comeback.
AngryPenguin
@christopher It's a power move. 'Yeah, here we are in my flying yacht. No big deal. How are you doing?'
paul314
Let's do a back of the envelope. Cost of aircraft: comparable to a similar-length airliner. Passenger load: 10-20% of comparable conventional craft. Revenue flights per day: 5-15% of comparable conventional craft. Operating costs: less fuel, more of everything else, special landing facilities and air-traffic control slots required, so for the moment let's call it a wash. With ticket prices likely somewhere between the cost of a mid-size car and a small house, photos and renderings are almost certain all that someone reading this site will see of the notion.
Grunchy
What they need is a basket and winch, and you put the people in the basket and winch them down about 1km below the blimp, and they can have a good lookout from there.
Brian M
Looks fantastic - although does give the impression of being a bit low in cabin height in some of the shots! Although with only 19 passengers it really is going to be at the luxury + end of the market. Could see a market in competing with super yachts for private buyers and hire - seems a lot more fun!
Jeff Michelson
I wonder how this craft fairs in inclement weather?