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Historic Era for Short Haul Flights

Posted by Caribbean World Magazine on 8 June 2021 | 0 Comments

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8 June 2021

It’s double the length of ordinary commercial aircraft, and fuelled by hybrid power, with armchair seating and full-length glazing that boast unmatched comfort and first-class views.

The world has been wowed by the striking concepts pictures of the interior of the world's largest aircraft, which have revealed plush seats for up to 100 passengers and a 'wall' of windows. These latest pictures show a huge aircraft almost double the size of standard commercial aircraft designed to offer comfort, speed and style in traditional short-haul routes. Measuring 91 metres (300 feet) in length, with a volume of 3.64million cubic feet, the Airlander 10 will be operational by 2025. George Land, Commercial Business Development Director of the Bedfordshire-based company behind the Airlander 10, said: 

'For many decades flying from A to B has meant sitting in a metal tube with tiny windows.

'It has been a necessity but not always a pleasure. On Airlander, the whole experience is pleasant, even enjoyable. And in the hybrid-electric and future all-electric configurations, Airlander is fit for our decarbonised future.'

Certainly the spacious design of the Airlander 10 appears to have revolutionised the comfort of short haul flying, with the concept photographs showing plush-looking armchair-style seats, spaced apart to give every passenger direct access to the aisles. Stunning floor-to-wall glass ceiling windows are a breathtaking focal point of the enormous aircraft, providing passengers with stunning views from their sumptuous, cushioned seats.

With a range of almost 500 miles, the aircraft's manufacturers claim it is 'perfect for inter-city mobility', with options such as Liverpool to Belfast, or Seattle to Vancouver. It is hoped around twelve 100-seater Airlander 10s will be built per year in a hybrid-electric configuration to operate with 90 per cent fewer emissions than conventional aircraft in similar roles. However, by 2030, the aircraft will be offered in a fully electric configuration, which will signal a new era for short haul flights.