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Seymour Powell and Samsung design luxury airship: totally ridiculous or the future of travel? 3 February, 2010

Posted by CandidaB in Candida's blog.
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Calling all fans of futuristic travel: if you’ve got time on your hands, and a place to get to, forget nineties planes and naff cruises – it’s time to hop on board the airship.

Image credit: design week

According to design week, renowned design company Seymour Powell have teamed up with technology giants Samsung to create an ultra-modern  luxury airship – unsurprisingly, this is a hybrid between a boat and a plane. And no, it’s not Superman or Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Seymour Powell design director Nick talbot says,  ‘We looked at creating something that would look like a skyscraper when docked, and then magically lift into the sky.’

Apparently, the ambitious structure will be lifted by bags containing 330 000m3 of hydrogen gas. It will weigh about as much as an empty jumbo jet. But if you thought Upper Class was a treat and a half get ready for this: the airship will contain a hotel with a penthouse, four duplex apartments and five smaller ones.

Like what you hear? Get saving. The downside – and I reckon it is quite a big one – is that it will take a tedious 37 hours to get from New York to London. But with a hotel on board maybe you would never even notice…

What do you think? Is this the most exciting development since Virgin Galactic, or just plain ridiculous?



1. chas222 - 10 February, 2010

As a boy I used to watch the blimp that became the good year blimp fly over my home and land at stratford airport. It was breath taking to say the least. I only hope I am still around to see this project finished.

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