Three-storey Sky Whale Fits 755 Passengers
The future of air travel? Three-storey Sky Whale fits 755 passengers, has virtual reality windows and self-healing wings Concept vehi...
The future of air travel? Three-storey Sky Whale fits 755 passengers, has virtual reality windows and self-healing wings
- Concept vehicle would have wingspan of 88m and seat 755 passengers
- Designer Oscar Viñals said it would split passengers into three classes
- Each would have their own deck in a modern-day version of the Titanic
- Everyone on board would have virtual reality windows for entertainment
It has three decks, tilting Harrier-style jets and breaks itself up into pieces during a crash landing – and could be the future of air travel.
Called Sky Whale, the concept aeroplane it set to be bigger than an Airbus A380, look like a spacecraft and have ‘self-healing’ wings that repair themselves.
The aircraft would split passengers into three classes, each with their own deck, in a modern-day version of the Titanic’s strict division of passengers.
Called Sky Whale, the concept plane, pictured, is set to be bigger than an Airbus A380, look like a spacecraft and have ‘self-healing’ wings. The engines would tilt 45 degrees meaning the plane could land on runways anywhere in the world. It was created by Spanish designer Oscar Vinals
Capacity: 755 passengers
Classes: Tourist class with sky views, business class and first class
Other features: Self-healing wings, engines that tilt 45-degrees making it possible to take off on the spot, double fuselage and virtual reality windows.
Every passenger would additionally have virtual reality windows to keep themselves entertained on long flights.
The AWWA Sky Whale was created by Spanish designer Oscar Viñals and is so big it was described by Dvice as looking ‘more like something thought up for the Transformers movie franchise than a legitimate aircraft’.
The tilting engines would make it possible for the Sky Whale to take off on the spot – and, according to the plans, if it crashes the passenger section would separate from the wings to reduce the loss of life.
The craft matches advances in technology with a huge capacity of 755 passengers, making it economically viable for an airline.
The plane would seat 755 passengers, making it economically viable for an airline, such as Iberia, pictured in this concept illustration. Passengers would be divided into three classes: ‘tourist class‘, the equivalent of economy, ‘tourist class with sky views’, or business class, and ‘first class’
The Sky Whale, pictured, would be built out of advanced new materials made up of ceramic or fibre composites. It would also have advanced ‘active wings’ powered by a hybrid turbo-electric propulsion system making them much more efficient than today
The Sky Whale would have a wingspan of 88m compared to 80m for an Airbus A380 and 64m for a Boeing 747.
The three classes would be ‘tourist class’, the equivalent of economy, ‘tourist class with sky views’, or business class, and finally ‘first class’, which would also have sky views and ‘all conceivable luxuries’.
It is not clear how passengers would be able to look at the view, though given the size of the craft it is likely to have larger windows than those fitted to the back of current plane seat ones.
Those in economy would not be without, though – their windows would be fitted with virtual reality screens so passengers could see whatever they want.
According to Vinals’ concept plans, the giant aircraft would be powered by three Harrier-style jets and feature a double fuselage, meaning it could go longer without refuelling. There would also be micro solar cells on the wings that could draw power from the sun
The Sky Whale, pictured top, would have a wingspan of 88m compared to 80m for an Airbus A380, pictured bottom, and 64m for a Boeing 747, pictured in the centre