Lazzarini unveils new airship style superyacht concept powered by helium gas

Italian design studio Lazzarini has unveiled a 150-metre (492-foot) flying superyacht concept powered by helium, known as Air Yacht. With kerosene the fuel of choice for most planes, Air Yacht sees Lazzarini attempting to offer a greener option.

Constructed using carbon fibre, the new superyacht concept is made up of two airships that are connected by four bridges to a central 80-metre (262-foot) hull.

The two ‘floating balloons’ are divided into hives that store helium gas. When in flight, the compressed helium is released and can provide enough propulsion for journeys of up to 48 hours at 60 knots. When cruising on the water, the Air Yacht sails quietly at five knots.

Lazzarini Air Yacht. Source: Boat International.

The Air Yacht concept includes all of the features found on a regular luxury yacht, with the central hull hosting a large dining area and living space. Above sits a helipad with an accompanying helicopter. The two airships each have large windows, allowing guests to view their surroundings when in flight.

The concept accommodates a total of 22 guests in 11 cabins, comprising of five en-suite staterooms on each airship and a master cabin located in the central area with a 360-degree view.

A spokesperson for Lazzarini commented, “With the Air Yacht, there is a way to sail the sky without emissions damaging the future. It’s not intended for touristic purposes, it’s for a private owner who wants both a superyacht and evolution in aviation.”


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Source: Boat International


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