The Hotelicopter is modeled on the Soviet-made Mil V-12, of which there were only two prototypes ever made. The Mil V-12 took its first flight in Russia in 1968 and was awarded numerous world records, which it still holds today. The vehicle also earned the prestigious Sikorsky Prize awarded by the American Helicopter Society for outstanding achievements in helicopter technology.
The Hotelicopter Company purchased one of these prototypes from the Mikhail Leontyevich Mil helicopter plant in Panki-Tomilino, Russia in 2004 and have been engineering the world’s first flying hotel ever since.
In addition to extending the helicopter’s body to accommodate an extra floor, we’ve added four GEnx turbofan engines, each featuring a thrust range of 75,000 pounds, and energy-efficient aerodynamic modifications that cut fuel consumption over 22% on long hauls.