An Italian company reveals a “flying yacht” ideal for lovers of flight


An Italian design company has unveiled its “latest luxury yacht”, designed to fly and sail the world’s oceans, according to a Russia Today report. The yacht named Air Yacht was revealed in photos by Rome-based Lazzarini Design Studio.

The dry carbon fiber hull can reach 60 knots thanks to four solar-powered electric fans and two helium-filled balloons, allowing it to float on water as well. The Air Yacht stays in the air because its blimps are inflated with a lighter-than-air gas – in this case helium – while it gets momentum from its huge propellers and it’s unclear how much the Air Yacht will cost once built, though the company says it’s designed with sector owners in mind. The total length of the dry carbon fiber structure is approximately 300 feet (150 meters) and 260 feet (80 meters) wide, while the main central deck is 260 feet long and 30 meters wide. feet (10 metres). Air Yacht’s twin balloons contain 400,000 cubic meters of compressed helium and are propelled by eight counter-rotating engines, each powered by ultra-light batteries and solar panels. According to Lazzarini, the plane can fly at a top speed of 60 knots – nearly 70 miles per hour – for more than 48 hours. “The Air Yacht is not a balloon for public transportation or tourism purposes,” says Lazzarini Design Studio, which posted the new offers on its Instagram page.

Designed for a private owner with a vision of mega yacht/aviation evolution, the Air Yacht takes to the skies with two mega balloons, both featuring inaccessible central compartments that contain helium.

There are five passenger suites available on the side of each balloon with great views from the sky window. There is even a spacious windowless viewing platform at the back of each balloon, which allows passengers to see the waves splashing beneath them when on the water, or alternatively get some fresh air at 5,000 feet when flying.

Both balloons are connected to a central compartment by four carbon bridges that passengers can walk through. This central cabin serves as a common space for passengers to gather, relax and eat meals. It offers a luxurious viewing area for passengers, and features a swimming pool, a carpeted lounge and a spacious living room with dining facilities.

At the bottom of each balloon there are so-called “inflatable lower decks” that fill with air when approaching the water, allowing the vehicle to float when needed. An optional extra feature allows a helicopter to land on top of the hull for aerial visits to local destinations.

MailOnline contacted the company for comment on how much construction might take, and whether it had any interest from any of the so-called “private owners”.

And just last week, Lazzarini unveiled photos of a massive £7.5m red yacht that can carry a Ferrari.


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