sturmovik From India, joined May 2007, 557 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5750 times:
The concepts shown there will almost certainly not make it into production, even in 2050. Think of this like a concept car, something 'far out' that grabs attention and serves as a guideline perhaps, but never intended for production.
Burkhard From Germany, joined Nov 2006, 4487 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5447 times:
Quoting babybus (Reply 3): Don't worry. It will look something along the lines of an A330 once it's ready for production
I do not expect any new airliner to have the engines below the body as it looks like on the movie - too much ground noise and it sucks in too much of crap from the runways. So mount the engines somewhere else, emulate the glass windows by some plastic screens that are coupled to outsided cameras, and you are where you are....
JAAlbert From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1666 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4923 times:
I think some would be freaked out by a transparent fuselage -- I'd love it -- but I can see folks feeling less secure seeing all that landscape cruising by 35,000 ft below. And what happens in turbulence? I laughed when I saw pitch of the seats. Those poor passengers will be as cramped then as we are today!
fun concept though and I love the shape of the plane.
Aesma From Reunion, joined Nov 2009, 7592 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4609 times:
I have dreamed of the 747 hunch being transparent before, and an SF author too (Dan Simmons in Carrion Comfort, the plane belonging to a billionaire) but I think that it's unnecessary now. Cameras can get the images, including the most interesting ones (below !), and in a few years it will be easy to cover the cabin of the plane with a screen.
New Technology is the name we give to stuff that doesn't work yet. Douglas Adams
point2point From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 2795 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4500 times:
Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 8): But the glass fuselage is an interesting concept, especially for a first class offering.
I'd like to think of it as an observation deck for all of the passengers. I rarely travel first..... but if this were available to all pax, I think that I'd probably spend as much time as possible up there. 35,000+ feet up with a view....... eeee-yikes........
Well first of all its at the front of the plane and last time I remember airlines have their first class cabins at the front? no? Also if you think about it this could be something innovative that an airline can offer to first passengers to stay competitive against other airlines, lets say offering a view of the world while fine dining at 35000 feet, see sunsets and sunrises, etc. But I guess my idea is not good enough for you F flyers. O well, still my opinion.