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“A pioneering airship adventure is being launched in London. ‘The Spirit of Dubai’, the largest commercial airship in the world, will begin a unique journey from London to Dubai, visiting many of the world’s most famous landmarks on the way. It is planned that the journey will take in landmarks including Big Ben, The London Eye and Tower Bridge in London, the iconic Selfridges building in Birmingham, Stonehenge, the White Cliffs of Dover, the Eiffel Tower and Versailles in Paris, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Colosseum in Rome, the Acropolis in Athens and the Great Pyramids in Egypt.”

Great. I have never enjoyed stressful and noisy air travel. It would be fun viewing those landmarks from the sky.

The official website is a bit flashy, but I would read the captain’s blog of her 42-days journey if they had a rss feed. You can track the airship in Google Earth. I would like to see more photos of inside of the airship and views from from the airship (again a rss feed would be great) as well as people’s snaps (subscribed). It would be very interesting if they were geotagged

This BBC article has more.

“It is a staple of the genre known as “alternative history“. Anybody wanting to conjure up the idea of technological cul-de-sacs reborn or to represent the ostentatious luxury of the 1930s goes straight for the airship.  […]  The Spirit of Dubai boasts that during a week of operations it uses less fuel than a Boeing 767 uses to get from gate to runway. But the real, glittering possibility for the airship aficionados is that future advances in solar panel technology could render them light enough to plaster over the airship’s large surface area and make it an effective means of mass transport.”

I really hope so, but it’d be financially very difficult. I hope someone like Richard Branson shows some interest in this.

The airship carries only 13 passengers. Is she carrying any passengers in her journey? I have entered a competition to win a flight over London on the Spirit of Dubai airship on Wednesday, November 15. Wish me luck.

There is a better chance to win this than the EuroMillions, which rolled over again. If no one wins the jackpot next week, an estimated £120 million will be distributed among the next tier of winners. Will you buy one?

Originally via Londonist