The Future of the Friendly Skies
Each and every day, new technology advancements drastically change the face of communication, commerce and day-to-day life. We constantly receive updates and upgrades for the latest cell phones, tablets, mobile apps and other means of wireless communication; however, the one industry that seems to evolve at a much slower and dramatic degree is that of the commercial air travel industry.
Sure, there are minor upgrades for air travelers seeking extra leg-room or priority seating, but how significant is that for a frequent flyer? How long can we be expected to sit at ninety-degree angles on scratchy seats, scrunched together like a traveling herd of animals? For how long does the travel industry expect flyers to only experience the magnificent views of 40,000 feet in the air from windows the size of a magazine? Even first-class service on jet airliners hasn’t come as far as generic iPhone 5 alternatives in terms of custom experiences, convenience and limitless features. In fact, only recently have travelers been given (paid) access to utilize Wi-Fi settings in flight.
For those hoping to escape these traveling conditions, we ask that you depart commercial air travel and take a peek at a more savvy way to fly the friendly skies, and introduce a few of our favorite future jet concepts. With some of these models already in production—hope is on the horizon, my friends.
Here are some of Mogul’s favorite future fliers:
The Airbus Concept Plane
Instead of checking in with an antiquated boarding pass, this jet will allow for fingerprint identification at check in, registering your name, seat and even food preferences.
The crafts thin “morphing seats,” which include memory foam or “skin,” offer a wide range of motion to fit individual comfort preferences. They will also harvest energy from the body, which will combine with other eco-friendly energy sources to power the plane. Your seat will also be able to offer a massage if needed, mold to your body to provide the utmost comfort during naps or even suggest vitamins or hydration if it perceives you are deficient.
The “Interaction Zone” will provide “holographic projections” which allow you to play a variety of sports, including golf, baseball and tennis. For the busy working passenger, the “zone” provides access to give presentations, so travelers won’t skip a beat while heading to their next destination. And for those who realize they forgot to buy a gift or miscalculated the weather forecast, there is even virtual shopping available from the comfort of your seat.
An advanced “Window Membrane” and panoramic panels affords you a 360-degree view of the sky outside and allows you to control the sunlight allowed in at the wave of a hand. It will also control the temperature and the amount of humidity in the cabin. In-flight technology will allow you to interact with views of the world in which you are flying over, learning about mountain ranges, bodies of water, cities and even constellations as you travel. Unfortunately, the Airbus is not set to grace the skies until 2050, but will be eco-friendly when it does.
Airbus ACJ 320
In addition to the business center commons, this monster jet, created by Comlux Aviation Group, boasts touch-screen technology, a convertible lounge/double-bed, private bathrooms with showers, dining tables, a VIP lounge and mood lighting.
Cessna Citation X
Scheduled to take flight this calendar year, Cessna has teamed up with Rolls Royce and Garmin to create an advanced business-class jet. This jet will have an accelerated, smoother climb to 45,000 and has a longer fuselage resulting in more cabin space.
Using the Garmin G5000 avionics suite, this jet includes a state-of-the-art touch-screen cockpit with weather radar and turbulence detection and data-link. Additionally, the passenger cabin uses individual touch-screen seat controls for digital and Blu-Ray players, interactive maps, temperature, light and window shade control as well as USB connectivity for MP3 players and digital media. Satellite radio and Wi-Fi are also available.
Created by French designer Jean-Marie Massaud, the Manned Cloud is a concept for a flying hotel/cruise liner for up to 40 guests and 15 staff members to travel the world “without leaving a trace.”
Similar to a luxury cruise liner, the Manned Cloud contains two decks, the first of which houses a restaurant, lounge, library and fitness center; and the second of which includes 20 guest rooms, terraces, a spa and a bar. The intention is to travel approximately 3000 miles in 72 hours at a cruising speed of 80 miles per hour.
Tino Schaedler and Michael J Brown created the concept of a “lifestyle zeppelin” in the Strato Cruiser, which was designed to make simple, mundane business trips luxurious and healthful. The Strato Cruiser has plans to include a variety of spa treatments, such as massages, personal trainers and even yoga classes, a library, mini offices, resident DJs, nightclubs and gourmet dinners cooked by star chefs while passengers cruise over and view the most breathtaking locales through the “earthward viewing restaurant” on the ships underbelly. Wow!
Designers Carol O’Grady and Garry Cohn have created a new level of leisurely luxury with “boutique” interiors and private bedrooms and bathrooms for passengers on Quintessentially Aviation’s private charter jets. The private rooms provide guests with lavish hotel accommodations for sleep or shower, relaxation, privacy and more! Travelers taking advantage of these private bedrooms can look forward to arriving at their destinations impossibly refreshed and ready to hit the ground running upon arrival.
This baby takes off vertically. Yeah, you read that right – vertically. It also offers 5,382 square feet of cabin space, and is considered a “superyacht” because of its luxurious nature and moderate speed of 138mph. The Aeroscraft can be used for sightseeing, conferences or simply partying, among other things, and as runways are not necessary, the prototype could be used for military missions, cargo transportation and even “large-scale humanitarian relief efforts.”
For more, check out the Aeroscraft website.
AvA 299 DROP
The concept for the AvA 299 DROP was designed with extreme snowboarders and skiers in mind. This pseudo-copter will “drop” passengers onto mountains that are otherwise inaccessible (meaning without a ski-lift) without having to jump from a helicopter hovering dozens or even hundreds of feet in the air. The passenger compartment is electronically controlled and can open onto the side of the mountain, enabling skiers and boarders to simply walk off the craft.
EADS VoltAir Plane
This sleek number is scheduled to make its first flight sometime in 2035. The EADS VoltAir Plane has zero-emissions, is nearly silent, runs completely on lithium batteries—and it could get you from London to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. We suggest getting Foo Fighters’ front-man Dave Grohl on board to inaugurate its first flight with a cover of Nirvana’s classic hit “Lithium.”
Mercedes-Benz Eurocopter EC145
The interior of this high-class helicopter was inspired by the traditional Mercedes-Benz style and features which includes, “elegant woods, ambient cabin lighting and deluxe materials.” It has “enhanced rotor blades” to reduce noise levels, can convert from seating for four to twelve and has various storage areas. Obviously, this copter can be for private use, charter companies or corporations.