Hybrid Air Vehicles and Design Q have unveiled the passenger cabin designed for the Airlander 10. Envisaging the vehicle being used for luxury three-day tourist expeditions, the cabin features private ensuite bedrooms, the Infinity Lounge with full-height windows, and the Altitude Bar, with space for 18 passengers to dine.
Airlander 10 is being developed to take off and land from virtually any flat surface, eliminating the need for ports or airports, and enabling luxury expeditions to places that existing transport can’t reach.
“Airlander challenges people to rethink the skies – that’s the driving force behind everything we do,” said Stephen McGlennan, CEO of HAV. “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.”
“We love doing different things,” said Howard Guy, CEO at Design Q. “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.”
At 46m long, the cabin is longer than most single-aisle aircraft. The cabin could accommodate a variety of layouts. “My team exploited the opportunity that Airlander 10 presents; we had a huge space to create an experience that makes no compromises,” said Guy. “This is luxury like you’ve never known it – with the ability to go anywhere in the world.”
The two companies have worked over the last year to develop the cabin design, guided by engineering and regulatory demands. They say the cabin design is practical, feasible and ready for the transition into production; and that it also presents numerous industry-first details.
HAV and Design Q will continue to work together, with further announcements expected later in 2018.