Gallery: Airbus Unveils Incredible Design for a Transparent Plane


If you’re a jet-setter who feels that air travel has lost some of its luster, then put your seat back in its upright position and get ready for a thrilling ride. Aerospace company Airbus has just announced that in the future, their planes will not only mimic the flight efficiency of a bird’s skeleton, but that the cabin walls will also be see-through! Although the new design may alarm those with a fear of flying and/or vertigo, the less faint-of-heart are sure find the prospect of soaring through the sky in a transparent plane quite enthralling.

If you, like us, enjoy flying, you could one day be able to enjoy the clouds, the birds and even the stars thanks to the futuristic technology. At a press conference at London Airbus, engineering executive vice-president Charles Champion discussed the other features that planes will have by 2050, which include seats designed to fit the body shape of  travelers, relaxation zones, a fully-stocked bar and holographic pop-up gaming displays and in-flight entertainment powered by the heat of passengers’ bodies.

However, the most innovative part of the plane’s design comes from the bird bone-esque structure. It would provide strength where needed and allow for an ‘intelligent’ cabin wall membrane which would controls air temperature, as well as being see-through.

Power-wise, the concept plane would be equipped with ‘classified’ technology that would reduce fuel burn, emissions, waste and noise.

Charles Champion said: “Our research shows that passengers of 2050 will expect a seamless travel experience while also caring for the environment. The concept cabin is designed with that in mind, and shows that the journey can be as much a voyage of discovery as the destination.”

+ Airbus

via Sky News


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  1. Bruce Liddel September 17, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Why wait? Go take a helicopter flying lesson in a Robinson R22.

  2. khannea August 29, 2014 at 11:37 am

    No this is bullshit.

  3. September 6, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    How are they gonna deal with shielding from the sun? or simply daylight if people want to get some shut-eye?

  4. Patt Live September 6, 2013 at 5:10 am


  5. Kate Green October 25, 2012 at 2:26 am

    Idea is great but keep in mind Aviation trip itself contributes around 2% of man-made carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. However, there is evidence to suggest that non- CO2 aircraft emissions at high altitude may have additional global warming impacts.

    Save an airline trip and show off at

  6. chocolate December 6, 2011 at 7:50 am

    what? ok but et will be too transparent and it wont be too comfortable i guess?????????!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Ty520 June 15, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Perhaps Airbus should consider spending their R&D on just producing an ordinary plane that can actually operate acceptably and safely

  8. Ty520 June 15, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    I suggest Airbus spend their R&D time and dollars on developing an ‘ordinary’ plane that just works in the first place

  9. continuum June 15, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    How long before the airlines slash leg room, comfortable seats, and cram in double the usual number of passengers while charging for air to breathe and using the bathrooms.

    Anybody who believes the above fairy tale just hasn’t flown any airline since 2001.

  10. lazyreader June 14, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    I’m sure the bathroom will be non-transparent. Just like Phillip Johnsons Glass house which features a brick cylinder to provide privacy to the commode.

  11. andrew michler June 14, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    What, no Wonder Women jokes?

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