Hybrid Air Vehicles Limited and Design Q have today unveiled the Airlander 10 passenger cabin, showcasing what’s possible in luxury expeditionary tourism when you Rethink the Skies.
Passengers on Airlander will have luxurious private en-suite bedrooms and will be able to enjoy horizon-to-horizon views in the aircraft’s extensive Infinity Lounge. The Altitude Bar will offer drinks with the ultimate view, while 18 guests can enjoy fine dining in the skies.
Stephen McGlennan, CEO of HAV, comments that Airlander 10 is changing the way we think about air travel. “Airlander challenges people to rethink the skies – that’s the driving force behind everything we do,” he 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.” Airlander 10 can take off and land from virtually any flat surface, eliminating the need for traditional infrastructure like ports or airports. This opens up opportunities for luxury expeditions to places existing transport can’t get to and offers the ultimate in transformative, experiential travel.
The new cabin design takes full advantage of Airlander’s unique characteristics to create an environment unlike anything available in aviation today. Design Q’s CEO Howard Guy adds: “We love doing different things. Our fantastic team of young designers relish the opportunity to do something no one’s done before, to imagine a new concept and then to get into the detailed design of what this space will be.”
Airlander 10’s interior is unusually spacious – the cabin is larger than most single-aisle aircraft, such as the A320. This space allowed the team at Design Q to use their extensive experience of luxury spaces to create something full of unique features that will set new standards for excellence in air travel. Howard explains: “My team exploited the opportunity that Airlander 10 presents; we had a huge space to create an experience that makes no compromises. This is luxury like you’ve never known it – with the ability to go anywhere in the world.”
The two companies have worked in partnership over the last year to develop the cabin design. Throughout the process, the team has been guided by engineering and regulatory demands. The cabin design has incorporated many considerations to ensure it is practical, feasible, and ready for the transition into production. It also presents numerous design details that are industry firsts. HAV and Design Q will continue to work together, with further announcements expected later this year.