The world’s LARGEST aircraft, HAV’s Airlander 10, is set to begin transporting passengers by 2025.
Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) just made an announcement that presents an entirely new way of traveling.
The company that describes itself as “the future of zero-carbon aviation,” stated that the largest aircraft in the world, Airlander 10, will begin passenger transportation in only four years.
As 9GAG reports, the futuristic plane will operate with just 10% of the emissions of a conventional aircraft. Moreover, it will travel at a top speed of 130 kilometers per hour(about 80mph) and will offer up to 100 seats for its passengers in a hybrid-electric configuration.
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On its official website, HAV explains:
“From 2025 Airlander could be transporting up to 100 passengers on short-haul journeys, connecting regions and emitting 90% less CO2. By 2030 Airlander will have an all-electric option, providing zero-emissions travel well before the global target of 2050.”
People jokingly named the aircraft ‘The Flying Bum’ because of its peculiar look.
According to its developers, riding in an Airlander 10 will be more similar to a ferry than an airplane. What’s more, compared to a regular trip with a plane, The Flying Bum will be much quieter, brighter, and considerably more spacious.
“There are a number of reasons why the Airlander cabin is significantly quieter than the cabin of a traditional passenger jet or turboprop.
The constant hum of the mechanical and aerodynamic noises of the turbine engines on aeroplanes are significant contributors to cabin noise. Airlander uses either piston engines or electric motors, which will produce almost no engine noise.
For Airlander, the engines are mounted on the hull far away from the cabin so that very little engine noise reaches the cabin. Another benefit is that the two rear engines may be turned off during cruise flight, once the aircraft has climbed, reducing noise further.”
The spacious Airlander 10 will have floor-to-ceiling windows, onboard WiFi, a gallery, a restroom, a bar, and in-flight entertainment.
To access more remote places, the futuristic aircraft will use its own terminals instead of the traditional airport infrastructure.
In an interview with CNN, Tom Grundy, HAV’s Chief Executive Officer, said:
“We’re not reliant on airport infrastructure, so we’re able to take off and land from any reasonably flat surface. That includes water.”
Grundy stressed that Airlander 10 won’t compete with long-haul flights or routes already well-served by high-speed rail connections. The chief executive claimed it would focus on pairing up cities a few hundred miles apart.
Some of the route examples include Liverpool to Belfast, Seattle to Vancouver, and Oslo to Stockholm.
Airlander 10 would also be particularly useful in island nations such as Indonesia, or in remote areas of northern Canada.