It may sound like a far-fetched pitch from Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary, but Emirates is seriously considering skipping windows on future aircraft orders.
Emirates’ sleek new first class cabins onboard select 777-300s feature virtual windows in the center compartments (see picture above). HD fiber optics cameras project outside images, but the windows are not real.
Sir Tim Clark, Emirates’ Chief, heralds this technology as “so good, it’s better than with the natural eye”. Speaking to the BBC, he invited passengers to think beyond conventional windows.
Imagine now a fuselage as you’re boarding with no windows, but when you get inside, there are windows.
The benefit? A more aerodynamic aircraft, which results in fuel savings:
Now you have one fuselage which has no structural weaknesses because of windows. The aircraft are lighter, the aircraft could fly faster, they’ll burn far less fuel and fly higher.
It’s all starting to make sense…
Would You Fly in An Aircraft Without Windows?
For me, yes…without a doubt. I’m not a claustrophobic type and note the projects Emirates is talking about are so life-like, I’d wager that many passengers would have no idea they were fake.
But technology isn’t perfect. What if flickers or suddenly goes out? What about for passengers who truly are claustrophobic or succumb to motion sickness?
And how about safety? Flight attendants must look out the windows in case of emergency. Would only the exit doors be equipped with real windows?
There’s still a lot of questions, but I personally don’t see why such technology would be problematic. What do you think?