TEAM: Daniel Christiansen, Selim Halulu


Technology, now the driving force in architecture more than ever, has collapsed distances crisscrossing the world and stitched connections between the remote and the congested. Today’s definition of a metropolis has become the world map, preferably a spherical one; in order to better grasp the most literal of these connections: air transportation.

The renaissance in ultra-long-haul flights has led to the launch of a 17,5 hour flight, operated by Emirates between Dubai and Panama City, in February 2016. The flight covering 8,587 miles will take the title of longest scheduled passenger service. However it won’t be holding the title for too long, as Boeing and Airbus are working on extended range model aircraft to improve flight efficiency for long-haul flights. Both Qantas and Singapore Airlines have announced plans to fly direct for approximately 19 hours!i “The engine technology is there,” says Alan Epstein, Pratt & Whitney’s vice-president for technology and a former aerospace professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “We can now fly just about any place on this earth nonstop. The limit is no longer the endurance of the engines. It is the endurance of passengers.” As the trend for tomorrow’s futures suggests even longer flight durations, consequently greater habitation on air, there is a call for an air hotel…

A decent night’s sleep, quick shower, charge the gadgets, Wi-Fi access, and some coffee… 7 hours, in and out. If those activities are a common description of a night’s stay in a hotel, then there is time for a potential 3 night stay in the air. All the airports that accommodate long-haul flights are a part of this project’s network, and as well providing the gateway for connectivity they are potential entry points for air accommodation. Flight classes have given way to room categories, stingy spacing has become generous and comfortable space, stewards are now room service, pilot is the manager, mile-high club no longer exists as sleeping with your loved one is now possible on air, the aisle is the corridor but a narrow one, decks are floors, flight check-in is also the hotel check-in, Airbus A380 is a 57 room hotel.

Ps. Swimming pool doesn’t exist, however your room flies… hands in pockets though.


iA new era of ‘ultra-long-haul’ aviation, Financial Times (ft.com), 06.11.15

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