Following much excitement at the Farnborough Air Show, Design Q, one of the world’s leading independent design consultancies, is creating a whole new luxury flight experience for seasoned and discerning travellers; the Airlander.
Design Q have been working with the manufacturers of Airlander, HAV, on a new concept in luxury travel. Airlander is a unique aircraft. The technology has been derived from a military programme which means that the aircraft can stay aloft for long periods of time and can travel very slowly or even hang in the sky. These characteristics mean that slow travel takes on a whole new meaning, where the journey is a series of experiences and just as important as the destination itself.
Design Q have designed a ‘stateroom for the sky’, called Airlander 10. It nestles in the belly of Airlander giving the operators the ability to create a bespoke space for discerning guests, from the ultimate honeymoon in the Royal Suite, to an extended family gathering of up to 18 persons.
It features several luxury spaces in addition to the Royal Suite; multiple Private Horizon Suites, an extensive Infinity Suite offering unrivalled comfort, not forgetting the Altitude Bar, possibly the coolest the place in the world to enjoy your sundowners as the world slips by, very slowly, beneath your feet.
Design Q have become synonymous with fresh new cabins in the aerospace world. Aerion commission Design Q to design their supersonic AS 2, the fastest and most expensive business aircraft to date, and now with Airlander, Design Q are responsible for the interior of the largest flying luxury craft in the world.
Howard, Founder & CEO, Design Q Ltd says “the closest analogy I can think of is, imagine The Orient Express in the sky, that level of opulence and luxury, but with the ability to get absolutely anywhere in the world, from Antarctica to the plains of Africa, to float about the mountains of Patagonia, or the glories of the Amazon. You are not constrained by where the rails take you, or a timetable, it gives you the freedom to go anywhere you desire.”
“Luxury is about nurturing the senses, providing delight by thoughtful touches down to the tiniest detail. Designed to be relaxing, the real wood flooring and the Tai Ping silk carpets lift the interior to a class of its own. The sofas, generous in proportion for total relaxation and with the unique ability to rotate, allow perfect outward vision through the massive panoramic windows, or they can turn to face inwards for evening social events.”
“Perhaps the ultimate experience is to sip sun-downers in the Altitude Bar as you float slowly over icebergs and glaciers, or perhaps the Victoria Falls, or even a cityscape like Manhattan. Does it get any better than that?”
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