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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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Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. To do this they should replace the in-flight entertainment screens with augmented reality headsets. That way someone could choose whether or not they want to see outside and when they want to see it.

  8. Very interesting indeed. Endless technology. Such will indeed make fying most interesting and longer journeys converted to shorter ones. Bring it on and let’s ride into beauty of adventure. You are thinking well and disrupting the ordinary boring order.

    However, have the whole process secured otherwise any slight gap may render whole idea unworkable.

    Another area you need to work on is the sound/noice at departure while up settled and at landing. If it can be reduced to almost zero the better.

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