The German project to build a large Cargo airship was cancelled a few years ago after the largest hangar in the world already had been built in the countryside souuth of Berlin. This hangar is now used as a fun park. Reason for the business closure was that the company "Cargolifter" needed more cash (200-300 Million Euros), more than they were able to raise.
As for the Zeppelin NT
, last I heard they want to build a new one 2006/07 for service entry in Germany in 2008, to be used for touristic flights, and advertising of cause. Sadly one can´t call the airship a big commercial success so far, but a moderate one. They´ve only built 3 so far, one was sold to Japan 2 or 3 years ago. Number five is planned to be a new larger type named "NT14". Last time I`ve seen a Zeppelin NT
flying was in the summer of last year. I would love to see the Zeppelin painted in silver like the great airships in the 20s and 30s, the white with blue cheatline of the current Zeppelins doesn´t look too good.