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Air travel of a different nature...
Posted: 13 May 2010

Interestingly, I recently watched a documentary on the conceptual 'Aircruise' luxury eco-zeppelins, conceptualised by Seymourpowell, a London-based design company working with Samsung Construction and Trading.

"Passengers would enjoy living and dining above the clouds [on these hydrogen-lifted, solar-powered air-hotels] for journeys lasting up to 90 hours from Los Angeles to Shanghai, or perhaps less for other destinations." Not only would these be a great alternative to air travel should increased volcanic activity become a scary reality, but their environmental benefits would also be fantastic. Though with all that ash in the air perhaps environmental benefits woud be lower on the priority list!

This new concept wouldn't be limited to luxury travel either - imagine mass-transportation on these things (a thousand people at a time, still within relative comfort?) If each one took at least 1000 people only 90 hours from LA to Shanghai, surely the net loss in overall time versus air travel is not that terrible?

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