23 JULY 2018


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Article from BTNews 23 JULY 2018

AND FINALLY: Airborne luxury

Airbus A380, eat your heart out. You may be able to offer First Class passengers showers but the world’s largest aircraft is planning private en-suite bedrooms, an infinity lounge, relaxed fine dining and panoramic views for its clientele.

Bedfordshire-based Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) and Design Q last week unveiled the passenger cabin for the Airlander 10 airship with facilities including a viewing lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows and a glass floor (see below).

Nervous types probably should not apply, but there will be a bit of a wait yet – the “Flying Bum” as it's been called because of its shape, has to complete 200hr of test flying before it can enter service.

HAV CEO Stephen McGlennan said: “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.”

Meanwhile, we’ll just have to sit and dream.

More pictures and videos are on the HAV website.


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Paul Kay,

"New Gas USA Barry" ....literally, 'New Gas'....no World War 1 spiked helmets or World War 2 era Radio Masts!

John Davidson, France/Paris

This looks like a great idea, if with only limited opportunities for service. No seatbelts!? A bit curious. It reminds one a bit of the upper deck on 747s which were first thought of, it seems to me, as special dining places for 1st-class pax.

Barry Graham, United States

The last passenger flight of this type of aircraft didn't go so well if I read my history books correctly.