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22nd of July 2018

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Emirates First Class Flyers Get Virtual Windows

Emirates Boeing 777-300ER Aircraft

Windows on commercial aircraft have always seemed a bit pointless to me. Only the person sitting next to the window can really see anything out of them, and even then your view is quite limited. Flying at night? Good luck seeing anything at all beyond the lights on the wing. Emirates decided to fix this problem for first class flyers by removing real windows completely.

As the BBC reports, the airline's new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft will not have any real windows in the first class cabins. Instead, fiber-optic cameras embedded on the exterior of the aircraft will be used to feed live footage to virtual windows that are essentially just high resolution displays.

Emirates president Sir Tim Clark says the image quality is actually better than real windows, and as far as passengers are concerned it will be as though the real window is still there. However, in terms of actually flying, there's some big benefits.

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Including windows in an aircraft means adding extra weight so as to ensure the structure remains strong. If you remove all windows, the aircraft not only gets significantly lighter, it can also fly faster, fly higher, and burn less fuel. So in return for losing windows, passengers should get to their destination quicker and (hopefully) pay less to fly.

There is a concern regarding how claustrophobic a aircraft may be without real windows, but if the virtual alternative is as good as Clark says and the video above shows, it won't be a problem. The European Aviation Safety Agency has also stated there's no safety challenge that needs to be overcome to allow a switch to no windows.

For now, this is just a first class experiment, but for the cost savings alone I don't think it will take long for us to see the first completely windowless commercial flight. I can also see a potential benefit of offering additional information on the virtual windows. They don't just have to be windows. Maybe they could even help with jet lag by showing different times of day regardless of what the actual time is?

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