Passengers could soon be flying in planes that have no windows – matching findings of an earlier APH study into the future of flight.
Gazing out of the window may be one of the highlights of flying, with spectacular views of cities and natural phenomenon miniaturised from the skies, but this could soon change as Emirates reveals plans to build windowless passenger craft.
Instead, the tiny spyholes on the world below are about to be replaced by virtual windows.
Swapping the traditional act of peering through glass, passengers could be streamed a high-definition projection of the external view.
Every seat could be a window seat
Emirates have unveiled the designs of a new first class cabin, which features fibre-optic cameras streaming an image of what going on outside to a screen where the ‘window’ once stood or elsewhere – making every seat a window seat.
Emirates boss Sir Tim Clark told the BBC: “The quality of the imagery is so good, it’s better than with the natural eye… as if you were in the window seat.
“So can the new generation of aircraft be windowless with this technology? In my view there’s no reason why not.”
Removing the windows wouldn’t just offer better views, but allow planes to fly faster and burn less fuel, according to Emirates.
Clearing windows would also make planes structurally more secure by getting rid of ‘structural weakness’.
We saw it coming…
In our 2016 study looking at the future of flight, APH commissioned a blueprint for what aircraft could look like in the future.
One of the points that came to light was the use of hi-tech screens to replace windows – in order to help make our battery-powered concept more efficient.
We also looked at how these screens could also display in-flight information and entertainment, or even switch to a relaxing scene of starry skies when passengers want to sleep.