Fly in the clouds: Windowless planes could land in 10 years
Imagine flying in a plane sans windows! Your imagination may soon become a reality with a British company working on such a plane. This new plane that is still in the design phase will allow passengers to choose panoramic views of the world around them.world Updated: Oct 28, 2014 22:52 IST
Imagine flying in a plane sans windows! Your imagination may soon become a reality with a British company working on such a plane.
The new plane that is still in the design phase will not only revolutionise the future of commercial flight but will allow passengers to choose panoramic views of the world around them, say media reports.
The concept for a windowless plane is the brainchild of the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), London. “CPI is working on technologies now that will deliver this vision over the next 10 years,” CPI said on its website. Besides the wow factor, CPI says the lighter design is more practical since every 1% reduction in weight reduces fuel by 0.75%, saving money and reducing CO2 emissions.
The windows would be replaced with ultra-thin and highly-flexible screens that would display outside scenery captured by cameras attached to the plane’s exterior.
The new plane will provide a big panoramic view with walls fitted with screens all around that would let you see what’s outside, CPI said.
In fact, the windows of the futuristic plane will be digital wallpapers.
The passengers will have control over some parts of their respective sides to turn on or off or change the screens. The screens will be made of Organic LED also known as OLED.
OLED will easily blend with the fuselage and surfaces such as seat backs optimising space and reducing the weight of the aircraft.
However, the fully integrated OLED technology is still in development.
Still, developers believe the world’s first windowless commercial aircraft will be a reality in the next 10 years. The Centre for Process Innovation is a Britain-based technology innovation centre.
First Published: Oct 28, 2014 22:40 IST