Would you fly on a windowless plane?

Virtual windows could soon replace the real thing

6th Jun 2018
Written by: Dave Owen

You could soon be flying around the world on planes without windows, as Emirates Airline has revealed a new First Class Suite with virtual windows on its latest aircraft.

The idea is that, instead of having regular windows like you’re used to, images from outside the aircraft will be projected inside.

“The quality of the imagery is so good, it’s better than with the natural eye,” said Emirates Airline president Sir Tim Clark.

The virtual windows have been fitted in the first class cabin of the airline’s brand new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, and these will act as a sort of test case – the ultimate goal is to remove windows from planes all together.

Sleeping plane passenger

“Imagine now a fuselage as you’re boarding with no windows, but when you get inside, there are windows,” Sir Tim told the BBC. “Now you have one fuselage which has no structural weaknesses because of windows.

“The aircraft are lighter, the aircraft could fly faster, they’ll burn far less fuel and fly higher.”

Despite these benefits, it remains to be seen how passengers will feel on a long flight without any windows. Imagine taking the new 20-hour flight to Sydney without any natural light?

You can certainly kiss goodbye to the classic plane-wing photo found on every backpacker’s Instagram feed.

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