Airships are a relic of the past, but they are expected to make a comeback in the near future. A company producing airships has revealed designs for an airship it plans to launch within the next four years.

Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) has plans for an airship called the Airlander 10, which it aims to put into production in the near future. The company hopes to have the Airlander 10 in service by 2025.

Good News Network reports that HAV’s short-term goals are to meet legal requirements for the Airlander 10 and then get their UK factory to produce 12 planes per year.

In addition, HAV plans to develop electric airships that would make its airships completely green and emissions-free.

NEW GENERATION AIRSHIPS

The Airlander 10 was designed for use on shorter regional routes. It can cover a range of 4,000 nautical miles (7,400 km). The airship will fly at lower altitudes, producing extremely low CO2 emissions compared to other forms of transport.

The Airlander 10 is capable of flying at a speed of 130 km (80 miles per hour). It uses a combination of lift provided by the large helium-filled body and propulsion produced by a hybrid electric motor.

SPACIOUS AIRCRAFT CABINS

Flying at 20,000 feet and operating at slower speeds eliminates the need for an airtight, pressurized cabin. This allows the passenger areas of an Airlander to differ from those of traditional commercial aircraft.

The Airlander 10 is designed to accommodate up to 100 passengers. Cabin designs released by HAV indicate a spacious lounge-style cabin in which passengers can travel. This contrasts with the tight rows of seats most of us are used to on short-haul flights in a conventional airplane cabin with high-density seats.

The Airlander’s cabin is surrounded by full-height picture windows that offer passengers exceptional aerial views. Since the Airlander will fly at low altitude and not move at high speed, passengers can enjoy panoramic views of the towns and countryside below.

Spacious seats on the Airlander 10. Image: HAV

REDUCED ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

HAV claims the Airlander 10 offers exceptional efficiency.

His airship will help reduce CO2 emissions in the aviation sector. Journeys made by an Airlander 10 will offer CO2 reductions of up to 75% compared to equivalent journeys operated by commercial jets.

Simple Flying reports that the Airlander 10 would emit only 4.6 kg of CO2 per passenger on a flight between Seattle and Vancouver (205 km) while a traditional jet aircraft would emit only 53 kg of CO2 per passenger for the same flight.

Although an airship takes longer to travel distances, the environmental benefits of airship-operated flights are clearly evident.

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AIRSHIPS OFFER VARIOUS SOLUTIONS

HAV hopes the Airlander 10 will be preferred by transport operators for a range of functions. The Airlander will come in handy in countries like France which recently banned domestic commercial flights operating on short haul routes.

It will also be useful in places where other transport services, including road or rail links, are not available. Or even across water or mountainous terrain, if there are no existing transport services.

The Airlander is capable of landing on any surface, including water, making it a very attractive option for carriers. Little infrastructure is needed to safely operate an airship, compared to the infrastructure required for an airport, port, rail network or conventional highways.

OPEN UP NEW TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES

Able to land and take off from virtually any flat surface – on land, sea, ice, or the desert – the Airlander 10 opens up areas previously inaccessible to adventure and exploration.

The Airlander will be able to access remote areas. Image: HAV

HAV hopes to introduce its airships for adventure travel to remote places such as polar regions, deserts and among archipelagos. With the Airlander, passengers can be safely seated in some of the world’s most remote and inaccessible places.

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