The Future of Travel: Windowless Planes

Life & Love | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 10/29/2014 | 09:45 AM EDT

UK technology company conceptualizes aircraft that gives travelers an innovative view

If you have a fear of flying, you won’t be too fond of the latest design by a technology company that would see what is dubbed “windowless airplanes.”

The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) in the UK has launched designs of the The Windowless Fuselage, which imagines a cabin where the windows are display screens. The screens allow travelers to choose their view from around the aircraft via a large backseat display that becomes “your window on the world as well as a source of entertainment.”


CPI not only argues that such an aircraft is an innovative and fun way to travel, but that it’s also economically and environmentally sound. The fuselage weighs less than your average aircraft and would therefore save money emit less fuel.

“Weight is a constant issue on any aircraft. Over 80 percent of the fully laden weight of a commercial airliner is the aircraft itself and its fuel. For every 1 percent reduction in weight, the approximate fuel saving is 0.75 percent,” CPI said.

“If you save weight, you save fuel. And less fuel means less CO2 emissions into the atmosphere and lower operational cost...everyone wins.”


The images displayed on the screens would be relayed from a series of cameras mounted on the fuselage, and would potentially give each display an “uninterrupted view of the exterior” in an effort to avoid viewing the wings and engines.

The lighting panels, CPI says, would allow color changes associated with sunrise and sunset to be controlled on longer distance travels, helping passengers adjust to time zone differences.

Manufacturing the aircraft, however, has yet to complete and remain in development. CPI says it would take around five years to be in full production. Pre-production screens can be done in the meantime.


(Photo: Centre for Process Innovation via YouTube)

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