Swedish Company OceanSky is launching tickets for a unique journey. OceanSky will offer the highest level of comfort for these flights and has selected the Airlander 10 as its preferred aircraft. Expeditions will start in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, flying passengers to the North Pole and landing. Initial flights anticipated to start from 2023.
Modern large-scale lighter-than-air vehicles have good payload capacity and can stay airborne for days. The Airlander is ultra-efficient and has no need for airports for take-off and landing. Lighter-than-air-technology has evolved a lot recent years and there are suitable applications for both cargo and passenger flight. OceanSky was founded in 2014 after many years of research and investigation into the lighter-than-air sector and are building business development for more sustainable alternatives in aviation.
“The expedition to the North Pole is for the traveller who wants to experience the Arctic in a unique way, and at the same time contribute to the development of sustainable travel,” says Carl-Oscar Lawaczeck, CEO and founder of OceanSky.
The Airlander 10 is a hybrid aircraft, combining buoyant lift from helium with aerodynamic lift created by the shape of its hull. The nearly 100-meter-long vehicle is driven forward by four propellers and can fly continuously for days. The Airlander 10 is developed by the British company Hybrid Air Vehicles.
The cabin is furnished as a flying five-star hotel, with large panoramic windows and spacious cabins. The cabin is not pressurized which gives a quiet environment on board with pleasant air and low and slow flights. On the flight to the North Pole, the 16 passengers will be served an arctic inspired menu prepared on board by an award-winning chef.
After landing, the passengers will experience a day excursion on the arctic plains. Some of the expeditions the first season will be guided by acclaimed Arctic expert and climate activist Robert Swan.
This is an historic endeavour. Never in history has an airship landed on the North Pole.
– Roald Amundsen flew from Svalbard and over the North Pole in 1926 with the airship ”Norge”. Now we are doing the same expedition, but we will also land on the North Pole. The passengers will enjoy the arctic nature in serenity and comfort in a hyper-efficient modern flying vehicle. They will be pioneering a new way to travel, flying for sustainable skies, says Carl-Oscar Lawaczeck.
A limited amount of tickets will be released on www.oceanskycruises.com on Earth Day, 22nd of April 2019.
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