Would you fly in a windowless aircraft?

Imagine flying cooped up in a windowless cabin. Doesn’t sound fun, right? Now let your mind wander a little further. Imagine holding a conference call during your flight. On the walls around you are real-time images of the people you’re speaking to – it’s almost like they’re in the room with you.

The table in front of you, which also has an in-built screen, shows interactive graphs and data to clarify the presentation’s key points.

Now imagine you’ve finished your call and you want a relaxed environment in which you can work, chat or just unwind. At this point, you can beam continuous panoramic images over 360° of screens to feel like you’re encased in another world entirely. You could go to the forest, under water, or even space. There are, in fact, unlimited design possibilities for the ambience of the plane.

All of this can be controlled by simple hand gestures, like the flick of a wrist.

But perhaps you want the simplicity of just seeing where you are. How do you do that without a window? Well, cameras mounted to the fuselage and wings can project real-time images from outside onto the walls inside, meaning you can see everything as it goes by. Suddenly the fuselage appears transparent.

Aside from the customer experience, the benefit of the design is that windows create both weight and weakness, so this jet would potentially be both lighter and safer.

Further technological advancements include passenger tracking technology and solar panels, which would be used to power the low voltage systems on-board.

At the moment, all this is just the dream of French design agency, Technicon Design, and its proposed Ixion windowless private jet, but the concept is based on available technology.

“The ethos of the project is simple, to challenge current thinking, and propose something a little different but not just a fantasy. It has to be credible and relevant, yet provoke discussion,” says Gareth Davies, design director at Technicon.

“We quickly settled on 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 on flexible screens, which cover the walls and ceiling of the cabin, via external cameras.

“This allows weight reduction, simplifies construction and opens up an enormous spectrum of possibilities for interior design.”

Sadly, there are no plans to build the aircraft yet. Unless, perhaps, there are any takers out there? (And if so, can you get me on?)


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