LOW-CARBON FLIGHTS TO BE INTRODUCED BY 2025
With the drastic rise in carbon emissions being a concern worldwide, many companies are trying their best to become more environmentally friendly. No one more so than Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV), a UK company that released information and images related to its airship.
The airship claims to leave a much smaller carbon footprint than conventional passenger planes.
CNN reports that the Airlander 10 aircraft will seat up to 100 passengers and operate with 90% fewer emissions than conventional aircraft. The airship requires less fuel than a conventional aircraft due to a combination of buoyant lift from helium, aerodynamic lift, and vectored thrust.
While it might seem like something that won't happen in the next couple of years, HAV has said that a hybrid electric and jet fuel model will be available by 2025, and a fully electric version by 2030.
The renderings of the plane were released by HAV. The plane features floor-to-wall ceilings and a spacious cabin that won't be pressurised. It also claims to be the longest aeroplane in the world.
The aeroplane is able to take off from any flat surface, including water, so the plane won't be relying on airports. This will add to less travel time for passengers.
HAV has made it clear that the Airlander 10 won't be competing with long-haul flights, or even routes where high-speed trains are being used, but rather cities that are a few hundred kilometres apart.
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