WITH a huge bulbous cabin, massive, sweeping wings and enough room for 755 passengers, it’s clear why this concept aircraft is nicknamed the Sky Whale.
When you board the aircraft before a long-haul flight, you’ll find three huge decks with up to five rows of seats – including a spacious top-floor Business Class with “sky view” skylights.
And when it’s time to take off, the days of waiting for the long runways at airports like Gatwick and Heathrow are long gone.
Instead, the massive AWWA Sky Whale stomps into position before its massive engines pivot at a 45-degree angle like a Harrier jump-jet fighter plane.
Then it starts to move and the pivoted engines accelerate forward so that the mammoth machine can take off in an almost vertical climb.
And this incredible feature allows Sky Whale not to be limited to major airports as it only requires enough space for its 288ft wingspan and 252ft length.
Its incredible size would make it one of the largest passenger aircraft ever built – displacing the 240-foot Airbus A380-800 and the 230-foot Boeing 747.
And it’s hoped to achieve top speeds in excess of 620 mph – comparable to other large airliners.
The Sky Whale is the Spanish designer’s dream Oscar Vinals – and since he first unveiled the concept eight years ago, he’s seen a surge of interest in the plane.
Oscar even saw a mockup of his design recently displayed at the Transportation of the Future exhibition at the Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Center in Kuwait.
“Investment companies or private investors with great investment ability [are interested]’ he told The Sun Online.
“Also aviation professionals and aviation students, institutions such as universities, academies of sciences or small start-ups.”
Passengers on board would have all the amenities of a traditional airliner – plus other high-tech benefits.
Travelers would be divided into “Tourist Class”, “Business Class” and “First Class” on the triplane aircraft.
The top-of-the-line would have a view of the sky from the skylights, which could change their opacity to control the light in the cabin.
Oscar told The Sun Online: “Thanks to a large area for passengers, this aircraft could be like a luxury flying hotel.
“[It could] have all sorts of facilities like a gym, salon, spa, etc. to make the flying hours go by quickly.”
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It would be powered by four huge hybrid electric motors – two in the wings and two in the tail.
And the ring-like structure around the plane is designed for safety, says Oscar.
He hopes that should the plane run into trouble, the whale-shaped fuselage would break away like an escape pod.
And his hope that this self-contained crash structure, separate from the potentially dangerous engines, could help save lives.
Oscar told The Sun Online his vision for the future is based on reality – it’s a mix of modern aircraft and theoretical technologies.
And across the plane would be solar panels to power the hybrid engines and the rest of the plane’s systems.
He told The Sun Online: “Disruptive concepts like this inspire change and help us to innovate and improve solutions to reduce our impact on the environment [currently produced] with planes.”
The designer believes his concept would feature reduced weight, reduced fuel consumption, reduced drag and reduced noise.
All of this would contribute to an all around more efficient aircraft, which could theoretically mean cheaper airline tickets for bettors.
Sky Whale could carry more passengers than the A380-800 and Boeing 747, with typical layouts for 469 and 416 people respectively.
It all sounds like a revolutionary design – but so far no one has committed to building and testing one of Oscar’s monster machines.
However, he hopes that as these technologies develop, his design will be picked up and one day taken to the skies.
He explained his design is currently on “standby” as he believes companies are currently focusing on smaller aircraft.
But he hopes “big” planes will return in a few years, as the number of people needing to travel increases and the number of planes in the sky becomes an issue.
The designer even pointed to the excitement surrounding the offbeat ‘flying hotel’ Sky Cruise as proof that interest in these massive planes is still alive.
“Maybe the Sky Whale could come back in a few years,” he told The Sun Online.
Oscar first became interested in commercial aircraft as a hobby – mainly working as a designer for high-performance cars and motorsport.
He said: “I became interested in aviation after having a bad experience during a flight, which fortunately only ended in a big scare.
“My interest in learning more about aircraft and all aspects of it became a more serious ‘hobby’ and with the goal of ‘improving’ future airliners, designing concepts based on my personal studies of them and how they would be, possible to obtain a viable design.
“I don’t design concepts just to be beautiful or for a sci-fi experience, all projects are based on previous engineering studies with lots of accurate information so that the result is a realistic and viable concept.”
It comes after we unveiled the incredible concept design of the AeroCon Wingship, an extraordinary 3,000-passenger design for a massive Ekranoplan flying boat.
https://www.thesun.ie/tech/9327931/inside-sky-whale-biggest-plane-boeing/ Inside the incredible SKY WHALE triplane, which can carry 755 passengers and is larger than a Boeing 747