Share
Share
Share
 

Emirates wants entirely windowless airplanes in the future

Photo: Emirates

With the launch of virtual windows in middle seats in First Class, Emirates’ president says he wants to eventually introduce airplanes with no real windows, where virtual windows replace the ability to directly see outside.

President Sir Tim Clark said that having windowless aircraft would result in a more structurally sound frame, while also making them lighter and faster as the same time.

Speaking with the BBC, Clark said that their present virtual windows which display a video feed of the outside surroundings via fiber-optic cameras, look “so good, it’s better than with the natural eye”.

“Imagine now a fuselage as you’re boarding with no windows, but when you get inside, there are windows,” he said.

“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.”

Safety experts are already cringing at the idea though. While the concept makes obvious sense from a weight savings and integrity point of view, many argue that passengers and crew members need to be able to see outside during an emergency. With more and more tech being jammed into today’s airplanes, an electrical issue could quickly render the windows useless should the plane lose power, making it a potential safety issue.

There are also concerns how passengers may feel given the perception towards these new virtual windows, especially from those who suffer from claustrophobia.

As an AVGeek myself, I feel like I could never really appreciate a screen over the real deal. Maybe the idea might eventually come to pass many years from now, but it’s definitely going to take getting used to.

Follow
Subscribe
Follow
Follow
Cathay Pacific and Boeing have announced they will be donating the world’s first Boeing 777 to the Pima Air &…
Puerto Rico has always had a special place in JetBlue’s heart, and now the airline has repainted one of their…
Thanks to facial recognition software, officials at the Washington Dulles International Airport have busted two people trying to illegally enter…
If you fly with JetBlue, you may be required to fork out a bit of extra cash as the airline…
If you’ve flown on a commercial plane, then you may have noticed a three-letter code on your boarding pass or…
For those of us not lucky to travel in business or first class, we are fully aware that more and…
A British tourist traveling from Bali, Indonesia, to Singapore, slapped an immigration officer after being fined $4,000 for overstaying her…
A Smartwings flight (QS1903) from Heraklion, Greece to Pardubice, Czech Republic overran the end of the runway after failing to…
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is considering discontinuing passenger screening at over 150 small to medium-sized U.S. based airports. According…
Reports are coming in that Aeromexico Connect flight AM2431 from Durango to Guadalajara (both in Mexico) burst into flames shortly after…
We're looking for up and coming writers to join our expanding team!