Airlander 10 is underpinned by the company’s numerous patents vested worldwide. From the latest materials technology, to the aerodynamic effects of its shape, it is full of innovation. There is no internal structure in the Airlander – it maintains its shape due to the pressure stabilisation of the helium inside the hull, and the smart and strong Vectran material it is made of. Carbon composites are used throughout the aircraft for strength and weight savings.
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Airlander 10 is described as a ‘hybrid aircraft’ – what does that mean?
A hybrid aircraft derives its lift from a combination of aerodynamic lift (like an aeroplane), lifting gases (like an airship) and vectored thrust (similar to a helicopter). Airlander generates up to 40% of its lift from aerodynamics by the passage of air over the hull and the remainder from buoyant lift from the lifting gas. At lower speed and closer to the ground, vectoring engine power is used to provide additional lift and manoeuvrability for take-off, landing and ground handling.
What is the point of a hybrid aircraft?
The idea is to have the best of all worlds. The lifting gas reduces the net weight of the aircraft meaning that less energy is required to keep it aloft. Like an airship, this means that it can carry a lot of payload, burn very little fuel and fly for a long time.

The use of aerodynamic lift means that Airlander can generate more or less lift as required. This means that, unlike an airship, it is normally heavier-than-air. It can therefore stay in place on the ground while it is loaded, unloaded, fuelled and maintained, meaning that it requires little or no expensive, fixed infrastructure.

In this way, Airlander combines the efficiency, capability and environmental friendliness of an airship with the practicality of a normal aircraft.  Airlander minimises the need for expensive ground infrastructure to operate the aircraft in remote places, while enabling safe, quiet, efficient and capable flight. Its low cost, low environmental impact and unique flight capabilities enable us to Rethink the Skies.
Why is Airlander kinder to the environment than conventional aircraft?
Airlander typically burns about 1/3 to 1/4 of the fuel of conventional aircraft when undertaking similar roles. This is because the lifting gas it contains reduces the net weight of the aircraft and therefore the amount of energy needed to keep it aloft. In addition we are moving forward on a project to convert the Airlander to electric propulsion further reducing its already low carbon footprint.
As a passenger in Airlander, what would I notice, compared to other aircraft?
Firstly, we have a lot of space at our disposal. The size and shape of the cabin gives huge flexibility in passenger accommodation. Anything from a high density 90 seat layout to an apartment in the sky for a couple is possible. 

Secondly, Airlander does not fly at a high altitude. This means that the cabin does not have to be pressurised. You would notice the very large windows providing horizon-to-horizon views for viewing – and you would be surprised to find you can open them and let the fresh air in in flight.

Airlander will cruise at 50 knots (55mph), a similar speed to a car on an open road, and can operate as slowly as 25 knots or accelerate to more than 70 knots. The aircraft doesn’t bank steeply when turning and it flies smoothly through the air. This creates a platform from which more relaxed viewing of the scenery is possible than on a conventional aircraft.

Finally, the Airlander cabin is a quiet place. Airlander’s engines are far from the cabin and their noise and vibration is largely insulated from it. At low cruise speeds, some of the engines may be turned off. Airlander will bring the sights and sounds of the world outside into the cabin. We are working on a project to transform Airlander into a truly green aircraft via the adoption of electric propulsion which will further reduce the noise in flight.
Does Airlander use airports and runways?
It does not need to. Although large, Airlander needs only an open space to take off and land and can ‘land away’ in remote locations as part of a fascinating trip. This flexibility in operations is another advantage of Airlander’s hybrid design. When not moving forward, its weight allows it to sit on the ground.
This is something new. How do I know it is safe?
Airlander is designed and manufactured to the same standards of safety as every other aircraft. Airlander will have an EASA type certificate, and Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd, its manufacturer, is approved by EASA to design and build aircraft. Equally, in operation, its operators will be subject to the same regulations as apply to other aircraft.

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HAV Reserves Production Slots
Today, Hybrid Air Vehicles announces plans to hold three of the first year’s Airlander 10 production slots for commercial customers. The company has also unveiled a cabin demonstrator to support customer discussions in this sector.   This decision comes as demand for Airlander 10 in the commercial market has been growing rapidly, with interest coming from major cruise lines, hotel groups, and tour operators. “We recognise that there is a lot of interest in purchase or lease of Airlander aircraft in the commercial market,” comments Executive Director Tom Grundy. “Our confidential conversations with customers in other sectors are progressing well and these customers could easily absorb our early production capacity. We have taken the decision to preserve three production slots to ensure that the first commercial operators of Airlander have an early opportunity to satisfy the significant public appetite for unique luxury travel experiences.”   The increased interest in the passenger variant of Airlander 10 has followed from the launch of the concept cabin interior at Farnborough International Airshow last year. HAV has since brought a new Commercial Business Development Director, George Land, on board to address this demand and bring the first commercial Airlander 10s into the market.   “The desire for Airlander 10 in a variety of commercial tourism and hospitality markets is now clear,” notes Land. “With a limited number of aircraft available as production capacity ramps up in the first years, holding three slots ensures that the first commercial operators to order aircraft will have an opportunity to take delivery of Airlander 10 in the early 2020s.”   HAV is also supporting the development of facilities to offer leasing options and operational support for Airlander 10. These facilities open up additional ways for the commercial market to access the aircraft. “We’ve seen the growing trend toward experiential travel,” Land adds. “Airlander 10 is the perfect platform for companies to provide their customers something unique and meet their business goals.”   HAV has also today unveiled a full-scale cabin demonstrator to provide prospective aircraft purchasers or lessors the opportunity to experience the available space and interior quality offered by Airlander 10.

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