The Airlander 10 currently the world’s longest aircraft that is eco-friendly – aims to start rolling out flights by 2025. It is also being said that it could slash its CO2 emissions by up to 90 percent compared to traditional aircraft in similar roles.
Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) is the English company that manufactures the new aircraft, which is a 100-passenger airship that runs on helium as well as electricity. It can be airborne for five days straight.
The company website states, “We are currently developing electric motors with the goal to deliver a hybrid-electric Airlander 10 from 2025. This will provide a 90 percent reduction in emissions over other aircraft in mobility and logistics applications while offering operational flexibility in service. In time, all four of Airlander 10’s engines will be electric. This will give future customers the option for a zero-emissions aircraft, in service by 2030.”
HAV added that it wants to improve the overall passenger experience and claims the new aircraft will be much quieter than a typical airplane.
It said: “We often talk about the improved passenger experience that Airlander will offer, from the floor-to-ceiling windows to the extra legroom at economy prices. The constant hum of the mechanical and aerodynamic noises of the turbine engines on airplanes are significant contributors to cabin noise. The low noise level also contributes to a much more enjoyable experience. There are a number of reasons why the Airlander cabin is significantly quieter than the cabin of a traditional passenger jet or turboprop.”