Friday, September 19, 2014

Would you fly in a Windowless Plane?

technico windowless
The IXION Windowless Business Jet Concept has no windows. Instead any scene
can be projected onto a high-res screen on the interior cabin walls and
ceiling. It could be the view from the outside of the plane or relaxing
scenes or business charts! The displays would be powered by Solar
panels on the jet’s exterior.

The design recently won the Exterior Design Concept category at the 2014 International Yacht & Aviation Awards for Paris-based company Technicon.

The advantages of removing windows include:
  • construction cost reductions
  • a lower weight leading to decreased fuel usage
  • increased flexibility for the inside layout of the plane
140816 exterior jet
Isaac Asimov, the late Science Fiction writer, in his book Caves of Steel
described windowless flying. As someone who loves gazing from the
window, his prediction filled me with dread. Air design up to now has
been about increaseing window size (for example Boeing with the 787)
 but with most passengers absorbed in kindles, seatback TVs, Ipads and
computers, today, do we need windows anymore?
Many airlines now have cameras which can send back the exterior view to a
screen. Is this IXION concept heralding a future step? Would passengers
take to it?

Would you fly a windowless plane?

 - Wild About Travel

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