Did someone say airship?

  • AutoTL;DRB
    43 months ago

    This is the best summary I could come up with:

    An airship maker has announced plans to build the giant vehicles in Doncaster, creating more than 1,200 jobs.

    The 320ft (98m) Airlander 10 is a new type of “ultra-low emissions aircraft” capable of carrying 100 passengers or 10 tonnes of payload, the firm said.

    HAV Chief Executive Tom Grundy said: "Our vision to rethink clean flight has been met with robust support at every step of the way by City of Doncaster Council and South Yorkshire region.

    “We look forward to working closely with the community as we launch our production programme and progress this extraordinary project.”

    Subject to planning approval, it is hoped there will be capacity to make 24 airships a year, and the first is set to enter service from 2028 with Spanish airline Air Nostrum.

    The Airlander 10 prototype carried out six successful test flights between 2016 and 2017, before being retired after breaking its moorings and self-deflating in November 2017.

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