|In humanity’s quest to reduce carbon emissions and lessen our footprint on the environment, a fantastic breakthrough has been made in the UK with the advent of the world’s first carbon-neutral airship.
HAV (Hybrid Air Vehicles) is a British blimp-making company working on creating sustainable air travel for the future, decarbonizing one of the biggest polluting industries on the planet. Their latest invention is Airlander 10, an airship that can travel up to 460 miles using a mixture of electricity and combustion that uses nonflammable helium. HAV says their new ship will reduce the average carbon dioxide emissions per customer by up to 75 per cent and are aiming to have a fleet operational for short-haul flights by 2026.
The ship is capable of flying at up to 80 miles per hour, which, although much slower than traditional airplane travel, will offer a supreme level of comfort. To this end, the cabin has been designed to offer a feeling of real luxury. Initial routes they have been looking to offer include flights between Vancouver and Seattle, England and Northern Ireland, and from Barcelona to Spain’s Balearic Islands. Furthermore, by 2030, HAV hopes to have a completely zero-emissions fleet, switching to all-electric airships and removing the element of combustion.
After test flights yielding a high success rate, the Airlander 10 prototype is now officially certified to fly in the UK, and the company hopes to have a number ready for service by 2026. They have already secured their first batch of orders, with Spain’s Air Nostrum choosing to be one of the first to utilize this brand-new take on old technology to start cleaning up the industry. From then onwards, HAV is hoping to build 10 new airships per year.
With recent soaring temperatures, wildfires, droughts, and seasonal extremes, the climate emergency is as present as it’s ever been in the public consciousness. This is a breakthrough that will give genuine hope to many, paving the way for an optimistic future for a sustainable air travel industry.