It’s a windowless plane, but everyone gets a window seat. A French design company has come up with an airplane with all the windows removed. The cabin interior would have high-resolution images on giant screens lining the walls, affording passengers a panoramic view of outside (cameras will be mounted at various points on the plane’s exterior). The displays will be powered by solar panels, and without the need for windows, the aircraft would be lighter, reducing fuel consumption.
The director of the design project, Gareth Davies, says the idea will “challenge current thinking, and propose something a little different, but not just a fantasy. It has to be credible and relevant, yet provoke discussion.” He wanted his design team “to break out of conventional thinking … the controversial yet interesting idea of removing the windows from the cabin and using existing or very near future technology to display the exterior environment will directly engage the passengers with the environment outside.” A neat solution for those who grumble about never getting a window seat, but perhaps not such a good thing for people who have a fear of flying.