Sustainability and environmentally friendly operations are becoming an indispensable part of the automobile industry recently. There are electric vehicles that have become more accessible and facilitated than before. If the vehicles are not powered by a battery, then the engines are modified in a way to reduce hazardous emissions.
A new kind of airship has been unveiled by a Swedish company giving the option to travel with lesser emissions than the regular airplane flight. This definitely is the first of its kind in this modern era as the airplanes are all supposed to have wings but this one does the job better and that too without wings.
The aviation industry gave off around 2.5% of the total CO2 emissions in 2018 only. Aviation emissions have doubled since the mid-1980s. This is why airships are making a comeback.
Airships used to be popular but declined after the infamous Hindenburg disaster where the German passenger airship LZ 129 Hindenburg burnt down due to an electric spark, resulting in exploding the airship when it came in contact with hydrogen.
A Swedish aviation company, OceanSky Cruises announced that it’ll be starting cruises to the North Pole from 2024 through luxurious airships. The airship will be powered by Lighter-than-Air technology. It will use non-flammable gas helium as fuel. Light by their nature, airships float as boats do in the water. They need less energy as compared to airplanes by as much as 80%. This makes them efficient and sustainable.
The company’s first flight is scheduled for the North Pole. It will start from Svalbard; the trip will take 38 hours to the destination. The crew spend six hours in the North Pole.
The spacious airship features 8 double cabins at 100 sq ft (10 m2) that are fully equipped with large panoramic windows, a private bathroom, and a wardrobe. With large windows at the bottom of the airship that flies at low altitudes, the passengers will relish in the mesmerizing views. These airships can be used till we have commercial electric planes.