A rendering of the Airlander 10.

Hybrid Air Vehicles’ Airlander 10 recently became a meme.
But the Airlander 10 – nicknamed “The Flying Bum” – is more than just a voluptuous aircraft.
In 2025, the hybrid aircraft could begin shuttling 100 passengers from one major city to another.

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The Airlander 10 was recently subject to an internet meme treatment after a user tweeted a picture of the aircraft and its voluptuous posterior.

The Airlander 10 in England in 2016.

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But the aircraft – aptly nicknamed “The Flying Bum” – is more than just a “thicc blimp,” as per a Vice headline.

The Airlander 10.

Source: Vice

In 2025, the hybrid Airlander 10 will begin shutting up to 100 passengers in between cities at 10% of the emissions of a traditional aircraft, according to its maker Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV).

The Airlander 10.

Source: Hybrid Air Vehicles

 

By 2030, the company hopes to have an electric Airlander.

A rendering of the interior of the Airlander 10.

Source: Hybrid Air Vehicles

That’s right. In a few years, you could be seeing an electric Flying Bum over your hometown.

The Airlander 10.

Wondering what riding in a curvaceous aircraft will be like?

A rendering of the interior of the Airlander 10.

Riding in an Airlander 10 will be more similar to a ferry than an airplane, hence its in-house nickname “fast ferry,” according to HAV.

A rendering of the interior of the Airlander 10.

And unlike the typical passenger airplane, a lift in an Airlander 10 will be quieter, brighter, and more spacious.

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A rendering of the interior of the Airlander 10.

The Airlander will also have floor-to-ceiling windows for a panoramic view of the outside …

A rendering of the interior of the Airlander 10.

… and on-board WiFi, a galley, a restroom, a bar, and in-flight entertainment.

The Airlander 10 in England in 2016.

The drawback? Traveling by plane is faster than a flight aboard the Airlander 10, as shown in the graphic below.

An example of a route.

It should be noted that the below times factored in boarding and wait times – like check-in and security – that are typical in a travel routine.

An example of a route.

These additional times added an extra 95 and 80 minutes to the airplane and Airlander trips, respectively.

An example of a route.

But according to HAV, “speed is not the most important feature for our potential customers.”

A rendering of the interior of the Airlander 10.

Source: Hybrid Air Vehicles

And unlike a plane, the Airlander 10 won’t rely on airport terminals or traditional infrastructure.

The Airlander 10 in England in 2016.

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