Airlander is considered a true “flying hotel” with luxurious interiors and a combination of airship, airplane and helicopter designs.
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a hybrid airship!
The world’s largest aircraft unveiled plans for its interiors at Farnborough Airshow last week – and they look stunning. Nicknamed “The Flying Bum” because of its posterior-shaped hull, Airlander 10 is part-plane, part-airship, part-helicopter, built by Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV). The £25 million (NZ$48.3 million) aircraft is 92 metres long, making it about 18.2m longer than the world’s largest passenger plane, the Airbus A380, which spans nearly 73.1m.
Airlander 10 is part-plane, part-airship, part-helicopter.
Airlander 10 features luxurious en-suite bedrooms, an “Altitude Bar”, and a spacious lounge area.
The most exciting feature of the interior design is the glass flooring, which will allow passengers to take in the horizon-to-horizon views from 16,000 feet (4876.8m). Though it may be bigger than the A380, it’s certainly not as fast – the Airlander’s top speed is just 146.4 kmh compared to the A380’s cruising speed of 901kmh
However, it’s not always been plain sailing for the world’s largest aircraft.
In 2016, the giant airship crashed into a telegraph pole and nosedived on its second test flight. In 2017, Airlander 10 collapsed before take-off less than 24-hours after a successful test flight. Two people suffered minor injuries.
There are 10 luxurious en-suite bedrooms
Airlander 10 is a 91.4 metre hybrid airship
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