In the past, flying was impossible for people. Flying up in the sky? So many failed attempts, so many disasters. Well, they invented the plane, and flying was made easy. Does it get any better than this?
Getting a seat by the window is one of the biggest struggles this way. People fight to sit by the window! Literally. The Center for Process Innovation, a British technology and research firm, plans to improve the future of transport.
CPI belongs to the UK’s High-Value Manufacturing Catapult. The firm is located in north-east England, and works on developing new technologies.
The new concept is still in the design phase, and developers are convinced that they can easily build the first windowless commercial aircraft in the next ten to fifteen years.
Their airplane won’t have windows, and they will use OLED touch screens connected to cameras placed on the outside of the plane. No windows!
The screens will provide a realistic view of the outside. OLED is an abbreviation for organic light-emitting diode.
Passengers will have the opportunity to watch the clouds. They can also turn the virtual windows into an entertainment system. Passengers with middle or aisle seats will be able to enjoy the clouds in the headrest in front of their seats.
Experts at CPI explain that the fuselage would be lighter without windows which would provide in fuel savings, reduced harmful emissions and low operating costs for airline companies. This invention will also lower fares and passengers will get wider seats.
In June 2018, Emirates Airlines revealed a new first-class suite on board with their latest plane, Boeing 777-300ER. Yes, it has virtual windows. According to the company, their flights are lighter and faster.
Emirates president Sir Tim Clark confirms that the images were “so good, it’s better than with the natural eye.”