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Emirates' Windowless Planes the Aircrafts of the Future?

Emirates' Windowless Planes the Aircrafts of the Future?
Emirates airline says windowless planes are the wave of the future. (Victor Karasev/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Thursday, 07 June 2018 04:20 PM

Emirates windowless planes could reduce weight and increase efficiency, with virtual windows replacing traditional windows on aircraft in the future.

"You can save 50 percent of the weight of the aircraft if you remove the windows," Emirates airline president Tim Clark said in a recent podcast, according to CBS News.

Fiber-optic camera technology would transmit images from outside into virtual window screens inside the cabin, Clark explained.

The Dubai-based airline introduced virtual windows in the first-class suite of its latest aircraft, BBC News reported.

The images displayed are better than what can be seen with the natural eye, Clark said, according to BBC News.

Removing windows would reduce safety concerns by eliminating structural weaknesses, and would allow planes to fly faster and higher, and burn less fuel. However, other safety concerns would arise from windowless planes.

"Flight attendants would need to check outside the aircraft in an emergency, for example for fire, before opening a door and commencing an evacuation — and anything that needed power to do this may not be easy to get certified by an aviation safety regulator," Professor Graham Braithwaite of Cranfield University said, according to BBC News.

Passenger perceptions are another hurdle to the idea, CNN reported.

"Passengers simply do love the natural view outside — and as good as technology is, you can't beat what the naked eye sees," Saj Ahmad, chief analyst at StrategicAero Research, said, according to CNN.

Some, including travel editor Zach Honig of The Points Guy, praised the virtual windows.

Meanwhile, other designs are moving toward larger windows, including Boeing's Dreamliner and Airbus, which introduced a cabin with transparent walls at the 2011 Paris Air Show.

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Emirates airline president Tim Clark touted windowless planes, saying that aircraft of the future likely will have virtual windows with camera feeds of outside views.
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