Our vision

We believe in a new vision for air transport. That new vision is called Airlander. Hybrid Air Vehicles’ goal is to change the world of aviation through Airlander.    
  • We believe aircraft should be able to land and take-off anywhere.   
  • We believe aircraft should be able to fly for weeks at a time.
  • We believe aircraft should be low cost and should pollute as little as possible.
Airlander takes the best of aeroplanes, helicopters and airships and combines them with the latest innovations in materials to create a truly revolutionary aircraft. The Airlander is a “hybrid” of an aeroplane and an airship – we get 40% of our lift from the aerodynamic wing shape of our aircraft, and 60% from the helium fill – it is therefore inherently more efficient than other forms of air transport. It uses the very latest fabrics to maintain its shape and is technologically years ahead of other aircraft. Airlander has flown before under a US Government programme, but is now being developed for commercial purposes, such as freight, remote access, aid distribution, advertising, surveillance, communications and luxury passenger transport.
 
Airlander aims to revolutionise transport and travel by:
  • Being one of the lowest carbon emissions aircraft in the world, like for like.
  • Having game-changing endurance (it can stay airborne for weeks rather than hours).
  • Providing significantly lower delivery cost for airborne freight.
  • Being able to land anywhere (water, land, desert, ice) thus opening up new point-to-point routes to previously inaccessible areas.
We will focus initially on Airlander 10, which has a 10 tonne payload, and ultimately could produce a range of hybrid aircraft capable of carrying up to 1000 tonnes.

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Latest News

Airlander Moves to New Home
At the start of this week, we began the process of relocating from Hangar 2 at Cardington to our new production facility, also in the Bedford area. We are pleased to announce that the move has gone very well – some of you may have seen the Mission Module and propulsors in transit. While all of us here at HAV are sad to be leaving the Sheds, we are also excited about this next chapter in Airlander’s story. We will have more information about the new facility for you soon and some other exciting updates to share over the coming months. Thank you for all of your continued support!

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How Collaborative Expertise Launched the Airlander Project
A video from The Institution of Engineering and Technology explaining how Hybrid Air Vehicles has been working with Forward Composites to apply decades of race-bred British carbon composite expertise in the development and manufacture of the revolutionary Airlander.
Did you spot #Airlander on the road earlier this week? We were moving to our new home: https://t.co/CkEhDBHWv1
Our very own Tom Grundy is at @CranfieldUni to give the @AeroSociety 2018 Handley Page Lecture, titled "#Airlander… https://t.co/bcwFxu7NKq
Tom Grundy, our Executive Director for Strategic Customer Solutions and Support, is talking #Airlander tomorrow for… https://t.co/seeZJJ2AOK