Is Emirates going to introduce windowless planes?
The most satisfying thing that most people like to have on a flight is the window seat. And most people love this because they get to sit back, relax and enjoy the breathtaking views straight out from the sky. But now, Emirates might make looking out the window a thing that was once of the past.
Emirates, deemed as one of the world’s leading flight carriers is now considering the possibility to having windowless aircrafts, in order to pave the way for a much more fuel efficient, faster and much lighter flights. The president of the airline, Tim Clark, has given us a hint in a recent interview stating that there shall not be any more windows, and instead of the glass windows like before, there shall be virtual windows in place for the passengers that should beam out real time images of the view from the outside.
This modification is so far to be implemented for the passengers who get seated in the middle aisle and can still enjoy the views from the outside without the need to have a real window. For now these virtual windows have been all installed in the Emirates’ new Boeing 777-300ERs and the first class passengers flying them shall experience them.
Tim Clark had said, “The quality of the imagery is so good it’s better than with the natural eye. So, what can we do then? Can the later generation aircraft be windowless with this technology? In my view, there’s absolutely no reason why not. Imagine now a fuselage as you’re boarding with no windows, but when you get inside, there are windows. Now you have one fuselage which has no structural weakness because of windows.”
Adding later to the above, “The aircrafts are lighter. The aircrafts could fly faster.. with far less fuel and fly high.”
According to Tim, when removing the windows from the planes, it makes the weight of the planes considerably lighter and this will also make them travel faster, specifying that aircraft portholes tend to put in a lot of weight right into the fuelage.