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The world's biggest aircraft could begin transporting passengers in 4 years - see what it might be like aboard 'The Flying Bum'

Business Insider
Business Insider
 2021-09-12

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A rendering of the Airlander 10.
  • Hybrid Air Vehicles' Airlander 10 recently became a meme.
  • But the Airlander 10 - nicknamed "The Flying Bum" - is more than just a voluptuous aircraft.
  • In 2025, the hybrid aircraft could begin shuttling 100 passengers from one major city to another.
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The Airlander 10 was recently subject to an internet meme treatment after a user tweeted a picture of the aircraft and its voluptuous posterior.
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The Airlander 10 in England in 2016.

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But the aircraft - aptly nicknamed "The Flying Bum" - is more than just a "thicc blimp," as per a Vice headline.
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The Airlander 10.

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In 2025, the hybrid Airlander 10 will begin shutting up to 100 passengers in between cities at 10% of the emissions of a traditional aircraft, according to its maker Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV).
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The Airlander 10.

Source: Hybrid Air Vehicles

By 2030, the company hopes to have an electric Airlander.
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A rendering of the interior of the Airlander 10.

Source: Hybrid Air Vehicles

That's right. In a few years, you could be seeing an electric Flying Bum over your hometown.
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The Airlander 10.
Wondering what riding in a curvaceous aircraft will be like?
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A rendering of the interior of the Airlander 10.
Riding in an Airlander 10 will be more similar to a ferry than an airplane, hence its in-house nickname "fast ferry," according to HAV.
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A rendering of the interior of the Airlander 10.
And unlike the typical passenger airplane, a lift in an Airlander 10 will be quieter, brighter, and more spacious.
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A rendering of the interior of the Airlander 10.
The Airlander will also have floor-to-ceiling windows for a panoramic view of the outside ...
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A rendering of the interior of the Airlander 10.
... and on-board WiFi, a galley, a restroom, a bar, and in-flight entertainment.
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The Airlander 10 in England in 2016.
The drawback? Traveling by plane is faster than a flight aboard the Airlander 10, as shown in the graphic below.
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An example of a route.
It should be noted that the below times factored in boarding and wait times - like check-in and security - that are typical in a travel routine.
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An example of a route.
These additional times added an extra 95 and 80 minutes to the airplane and Airlander trips, respectively.
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An example of a route.
But according to HAV, "speed is not the most important feature for our potential customers."
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A rendering of the interior of the Airlander 10.

Source: Hybrid Air Vehicles

And unlike a plane, the Airlander 10 won't rely on airport terminals or traditional infrastructure.
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The Airlander 10 in England in 2016.
The aircraft can instead take off and land on an open and level space using its own terminals, which allows the Airlander 10 to access more remote places.
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The Airlander 10.
When used as a means of regional passenger transportation, the Airlander will have a range of about 466 miles while hitting almost 81 mph.
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The Airlander 10.

Source: Hybrid Air Vehicles

It's also been given the title of the "world's largest aircraft" at 320 feet long …
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The Airlander 10.

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… and can withstand both icy weather and lightning.
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The Airlander 10.
Besides intercity transportation, the Airlander 10 can also be used for private "experiential" travel for up to three days …
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A rendering of the interior of the Airlander 10.
… logistical transport, data collection, communications, and military surveillance.
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A rendering of the interior of the Airlander 10.

Source: Hybrid Air Vehicles

Hybrid Air Vehicles wants to have three Airlanders in the sky by 2023, Jack Guy reported for CNN ...
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The Airlander 10.

Source: CNN

… gearing up for its first few passengers by 2025.
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A rendering of the interior of the Airlander 10.
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John Doe
09-13

right now everyone here make a pledge. first one of us with the opportunity to do so has to paint a thong on this thing.who's with me?

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plugs is an idiot
09-12

Am I the only one who thinks that’s a POV model of female ready for doggy?

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rafaelp78
09-12

Weird how the human brain works when you look at certain things!! 🤣 ( Y )

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