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.
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