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An Airship is Planned for Barcelona-Mallorca

A route with a 90% Reduction in Flight Emissions.

The Bedford blimp maker shows short-haul routes, such as the one from Liverpool to Belfast, which it hopes to cover in 2025. For those who want to travel from Liverpool to Belfast or Barcelona to the Balearic Islands, but are concerned about the carbon footprint of air travel, a small Bedford-based company promises a surprising solution: commercial airships. Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV), which has developed a new environmentally friendly airship 84 years after the Hindenburg disaster expects to cover several routes starting in 2025.

The routes of the Airlander 10 airship, with a capacity for 100 passengers, include the journey between Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca in four and a half hours. According to the company, the airship trip would last about the same time as by plane, taking into account the trip to and from the airport, but it would generate a much smaller carbon footprint.

More planned routes include Liverpool to Belfast, which would take approximately five hours and 20 minutes; another from Oslo to Stockholm, in six and a half hours; and one from Seattle to Vancouver, in just over four hours.

HAV, which in the past attracted funding from Peter Hambro, founder of Russian gold miner Petropavlovsk, and Iron Maiden leader Bruce Dickinson said its aircraft was ‘ideal for intercity mobility applications such as Liverpool to Belfast and Seattle. to Vancouver, which Airlander can service with a small fraction of the emissions of current airline options.’
‘It is not a luxury product, but a practical solution to the challenges posed by the climate crisis,’ says Tom Grundy, CEO of HAV.

47% of regional flights connect cities separated by less than 370 km and emit a large amount of carbon dioxide. Grundy said the hybrid-powered Airlander 10 could make the same connections with 10% of the carbon footprint starting in 2025, and with even lower emissions in the future, when airships are expected to be fully electric.

The craft was initially designed for surveillance for intelligence missions in Afghanistan. HAV says that according to independent estimates, the market value of airships will reach $50 billion over the next 20 years. Their goal is to sell 265 of their Airlander ships during that period.

The Airlander 10 prototype made six test flights, some of which ended badly. It crashed in 2016 on its second test flight, following a successful 30-minute maiden flight. The hybrid model of the aircraft operates on electricity along with helium, which is a non-renewable resource. The aircraft, which can take off and land from almost any flat surface, reached heights of 2,100 meters and speeds of up to 50 knots during its latest tests. The company has had the backing of the British government and grants from the European Union. This new airship will serve as the foundation of eco-friendly air travel and by 2030, the company has committed to be 100 percent carbon-free.

Writer: Imaaz Nadeem
Reporter: Daud

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