The ability to fly is a beautiful thing. Unfortunately, we don’t appreciate it much when we do it today — instead, we’re too focused on our complaints about invasive airport security, crying babies, delays, and never-ending red eye flights.
Now, a new jet concept may find a way to reintroduce the sense of wonder to our flights.
It’s called the IXION Windowless Jet Concept, and it was created by Technicon Design specifically for the 2013 NBAA Business Aviation Show. More recently, it won an award in exterior design at the 2014 International Yacht & Aviation Awards
The idea for the windowless plane is simple, even if the name is a bit misleading. In one way, the windowless jet has no windows, but in another way, it has all windows. The concept turns the walls and ceilings of the interior cabin into a giant screen, using “existing or very near future technology to display the exterior environment to the inside surfaces of the cabin via external cameras.”
The technology they hope to employ would also allow passengers to, in essence, use the plane’s walls like a giant smart phone, swiping through emails and video-chatting mid-flight while still enjoying a panoramic view from miles above the Earth below.
The project’s design director, Gareth Evans, says their goal is to challenge the current perceptions of flight with something relevant and actually conceivable.
We personally think this idea seems like a beautiful way to improve the experience of flight. We hope it comes in vogue in the near future — although, we almost certainly wouldn’t be able to afford such a sci-fi-esque luxury. Still, we can dream.
Look at some of the concept art below or watch the concept video above for more information.