A global design company has come up with an innovative concept for a windowless private jet that uses external cameras to capture a real-time, 360-degree panoramic view of the space around the plane.
The images are beamed on to display panels on the cabin walls and ceiling, giving passengers the feeling that they’re flying in a transparent fuselage.
The futuristic IXION windowless jet was developed by Technicon Design’s team in France for a National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) show.
It has been applauded by industry leaders and it earned the team an award at the International Yacht & Aviation Awards in the exterior design category.
Gareth Davies, design director at Technicon Design’s studio near Paris, said the team set out to challenge current thinking and ‘propose something a little different but not just a fantasy’.
He said: ‘It has to be credible and relevant, yet provoke discussion. I challenged the team to break out of conventional thinking with regards to a business jet exterior and interior.
‘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.’
He added: ‘The user experience is greatly enhanced by directly engaging the passengers with the environment outside, giving an unhindered panoramic view.’