Would you ride on a windowless airplane? Emirates thinks you should.
Emirates has just unveiled a new first class suite on board its latest aircraft that features “virtual windows” instead of real ones.
The President of Emirates, Tim Clarke, is hoping this new design will pave the way for going totally windowless on future planes. From the outside, these future planes will look solid. However, there will be “a full display of windows” projecting the images from the outside via fiber-optic cameras.
“Imagine now a fuselage as you’re boarding with no windows, but when you get inside, there are windows,” he said.
The image projected on the screen would apparently be so good that “it’s better than with the natural eye”.
“Now you have one fuselage which has no structural weaknesses because of windows. The aircraft are lighter, the aircraft could fly faster, they’ll burn far less fuel and fly higher.”
According to Clarke, doing away with windows will save 50 per cent of the weight of an aircraft. Having windows means they have to reinforce the fuselage inorder to support the structure around it. Apparently, going windowless in fact strengthens the plane.
“So if you have got a composite fuselage, which is produced in one drum … with no windows, the aircraft is automatically much lighter”.
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