Nicknamed ‘Flying Bum,’ luxury airship has bedrooms, glass floors
Looking to travel in style?
Then, you need to find a way aboard the Airlander 10, the latest and greatest in hybrid airships.
Hybrid Air Vehicles, along with the English design firm Design Q released renderings of the ship’s interior — and they are incredible.
“We often like to think about Airlander as a cruise liner in the sky,” Tom Grundy, executive director of HAV, told NBC News.
Costing $33 million, the ship is 302 feet long -- 60 feet longer than the world’s largest passenger plane, the Airbus A380.
Strongly reminiscent of the classic early-20th-century zeppelins, the Airlander is part plane, part helicopter, part airship, and the interior is just about as swank as it gets.
There are luxurious private en-suite bedrooms, an Altitude Bar where you can enjoy your drink with the ultimate view, and e_SEmD likely the best feature — glass floors.
In making the inside swank and stylish, the designers were perhaps trying make up for the less-than-thrilling exterior. From the outside, the Airlander has been nicknamed “The Flying Bum,” for its resemblance to ... well, you guessed it.
The Airlander 10 will carry 19 passengers on three-day trips. The ship will travel at about 90 miles an hour e_SEmD thanks to four diesel-powered propellers — at about 6,000 to 8,000 feet up (although it can reach altitudes of 20,000). The Airlander 10 can take off and land from just about any flat surface, eliminating the need for traditional infrastructure like ports or airports.
But, explains HAV’s CEO Stephen McGlennan, it’s not about getting there quickly.
“Airlander challenges people to rethink the skies - that’s the driving force behind everything we do,” McGlennan says. “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.”
There’s no word on how much a trip would cost or even when the Airlander 10 will begin taking passengers. According to Business Insider, it needs to accrue more than 200 incident-free hours in the sky before it can start an excursions with guests.