Could windowless planes be the future of air travel?

Designers are constantly searching for new and inventive ways to remove extra weight from planes in a bid to make them as cheap to run as possible. A number of unusual proposals have been put forward from various sources but now a new possibility has emerged that could become a reality very shortly.

Looking to the future -Windowless planes are the latest idea to help airlines across the planet potentially save significantly on fuel. Plastic display screens would replace windows if the plans are given approval. However, they will still project the sky outside but would be a great deal lighter than the current windows which are used to line planes.

If successful, the technology could be used across a range of other industries in a bid to save further money wherever possible. As a result, they eyes of the world will be focussed on the air travel industry in the near future to see if a) the technology is eventually brought in and b) what impact it has for the industry and how well received it is generally by consumers.

Assessing the potential impact -There has been great excitement at the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), where developers have talked of the potential which the new idea might have on fuel costs going forward.

Tom Taylor, a major part of the management team at CPI in County Durham, is particularly excited about what the technology could mean. “Getting weight out of a plane is a key (goal) for the industry. You could see the first of these coming to market in three to four years,” he explained.

Date Created: 28 August 2014

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