Going hybrid in the air

12.06.17

British luxury travel pioneer Henry Cookson Adventures (HCA) plan to take the hybrid Airlander 10 – the largest aircraft on the planet – on its maiden international flight in 2018, reports Business Insider. This will be the precursor to the low carbon aircraft’s adoption for use in the luxury travel and adventure market.

The Airlander, which in shape reminds one of a blimp, is the brainchild of Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV). Based in Bedford, England, HAV is working alongside a team of scientists and engineers from HCA to ready her for launch.

On completion of the trial flight next year, HCA ultimately plans to take the type-certified Airlander 10 to a range of destinations at client request, experiencing landscapes that vary as diversely as the North Pole, Bolivian Salt Pans and Namib Desert.

The ability to stay aloft for days at a time, in virtual silence, with floor-to-ceiling windows and fresh air make Airlander perfect for cruising in exceptional locations. (Source: Business Weekly)


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