Travel video of the week: Windowless aircraft

A look at what the future may hold for air travel as current technological developments mature and find applications in markets such as the aerospace industry. Can you imagine a cabin where the windows are display screens, relaying a choice of views from around the aircraft? If you’re not sitting in a window seat, your large seat-back display becomes your window on the world as well as a source of entertainment. Supplement this with subtle cabin lighting from gently glowing walls and you create a unique travel environment. Screens that are ultra thin, very light and highly flexible are integrated with the fuselage or the seat backs with no unsightly, clumsy or heavy housings. It’s just a concept, but what do you think?

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Comments (7)

  1. Carolyn says:

    What is interesting is that these technological advances with thinner airplane bodies and more efficient engineering means longer flights are possible. Already London – Perth is a reality. So the idea of windowless flights with better display screens will be needed to relieve the monotony of longer flights.

  2. Pete says:

    Worth watching the video for some amazing stats at the start. They show that we fly a lot and that is probably only going to increase. As someone who has done about 20 flights already this year there’s certainly room for improvement. Being sat in a tube for 15 hours ain’t a great experience. I like the concepts in this film, I just hope they get developed – and soon.

  3. Liz says:

    Sometimes we take it for granted that we can see the world so easily. Think back to the sailors of the 16th Century. They sailed into the unknown and never knew whether they would return or not. Flying can be uncomfortable, unless you are in Budiness or First, but it gives us opportunities that never existed before.

  4. Jack says:

    I get very excited when I see innovations like this but the reality is that they will take years to drip through.

    Most airlines have already invest millions of pounds or dollars or dirham or Euros in their fleets and aircraft have lengthy lives. Sadly, we won’t be sat in one of these planes for a few years yet.

  5. mulinge. says:

    I wish them luck. flying is stressful and it may take long to implemente this idea

  6. Emiliano says:

    I’m wondering how people with fear of heights will take to this. It’s true it can help alleviate the boredom of long haul flights, and he wide seating will make it more comfortable for passengers. Technology just keeps getting better.

  7. Sneha Joshi says:

    With airlines trying to cut costs at passengers expense and charging for carrying even at extra purse, this seems like a long distance dream. It will be fascinating to experience this though! Brilliant concept.

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