Traveling The Luxury Skies The Eco-Friendly Deluxe Airship Way

Imagine, a luxury eco-hotel where every room has a stunning view…of the clouds in the sky and the earth from above. The designers at London’s Seymourpowell did, and the result is something truly lovely: a concept design for a hydrogen and solar-powered “clipper in the clouds” integrating a hotel into an airship with zero emissions.

According to Ecofriend, the Aircruise concept integrates four duplex apartments, five smaller apartments, a penthouse apartment, and a number of bar/lounge/communal areas with features glass floors that offer breathtaking views from the sky. The design makes innovative use of the fact that airships typically need large volumes of a gas that’s lighter than air–in this case, hydrogen–and a comparatively smaller passenger payload, integrating the two into a low-density, high luxury “air-cruise” moving at an average of 90/miles hour. At this pace, it would take about one and a half relaxing days to get from London to New York.


image via Ecofriend

It’s hard to remember sometimes, in the increasingly cramped and uncomfortable spaces afforded by commercial air-travel, that flight was once a romantic human ideal. This concept design revives that ideal in the form of a spacious, futuristic airship. Although the technical challenges that would have to be overcome in order to make the Aircruise a reality are formidable, according to Seymourpowell, the designers were commissioned by Samsung to develop detailed interiors and achievable technical specifications, which involve large hydrogen fuel cells. Here’s hoping…

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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