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2 November, 2017 - 14:12 By Tony Quested

Luxury travel company to trial hybrid giant of the clouds

Hybrid Air Vehicles Airlander

British luxury travel pioneer. Henry Cookson Adventures (HCA), will create a world first taking the hybrid Airlander 10 – the largest aircraft on the planet – on its maiden international flight in 2018.

This will be the precursor to the low carbon aircraft’s adoption for use in the luxury travel and adventure market; the Airlander is the brainchild of Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) in Bedford.

HCA is working alongside a team of scientists and engineers to ready her for launch. From ski races to the Magnetic North Pole to taking private submersibles to the Antarctic, the HCA team have been pushing the boundaries of high-end travel for over a decade.

On completion of the trial flight next year, HCA ultimately plans to take the type-certified Airlander 10 to a range of destinations at client request, experiencing landscapes that vary as diversely as the North Pole, Bolivian Salt Pans and Namib Desert. 

The ability to stay aloft for days at a time, in virtual silence, with floor-to-ceiling windows and fresh air make Airlander perfect for cruising in exceptional locations.

Using innovative technology, Airlander 10 is the first in a new breed of hyper-efficient aircraft. Though potentially capable of staying in the air for weeks at a time, it is the Airlander’s ability to land anywhere that truly sets her apart from traditional aircraft. These twin assets make it perfect for exclusive adventures, bringing guests to hard-to-reach locations in unprecedented levels of comfort.

In a further development, HAV and Design Q have been awarded a £60,000 Design Foundations Round 2 grant by the UK’s Innovation Agency, Innovate UK. This funding is going to be used in a unique and original ‘Airlander Luxury Tourism Design Development Project’. 

Design Q is one of the leading independent design consultancies with automotive and aviation clients throughout the world, including BAE Systems, Bombardier and Virgin Atlantic.

Design Q will become Hybrid Air Vehicles’ preferred supplier for design and manufacture of the luxury cabin interiors created as a result of the project.

• Image courtesy – Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV)

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