The UK developers of the Airlander 10 hybrid airship, which is the world's largest aircraft, are pitching their supersize creation at the Chinese market to tap increasing demand for passenger and cargo transportation.
The vehicle, which at 92 meters is 15 meters longer than an Airbus 380 superjumbo, made its maiden flight in eastern England this summer. The aircraft, which uses airship, fixed-wing and helicopter technology, can stay airborne for about five days, according to its makers, Hybrid Air Vehicles.
Stephen McGlennan, HAV's chief executive, is heading to China for 10 days, during which time he will give a keynote speech at the leading business school, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business. He will also meet representatives from companies in the air, oil and gas, logistics, and tourism sectors.
McGlennan told China Daily: "Airlander is a game-changing large aircraft which will revolutionize aspects of the commercial markets for remote cargo and passenger transportation."