A concept image of the interior cabin inside an in-development windowless plane.
• The commercial flight cabin as we know may be on its way out. The new aircraft design concept from the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), a British technology research company, does away with tiny airplane windows, thus allowing for a thinner and lighter fuselage.
• The report states that in 10 years the industry will be ready to offer passengers a richer visual experience; they propose projecting images of the outside sky on flexible, light-weight OLED (organic light-emitting diodes) screens that wrap around the plane's innards.
• The windows would be replaced by floor-to-ceiling flexible screens, giving passengers a full view of what’s going on outside and creating an illusion that the cabin walls are transparent.
• CPI also claims that its prototype would offer aircraft walls that are not only thinner and lighter weight, but stronger.
• CPI also says that 80% of an aircraft's weight is due to fuel and the plane itself, so taking the windows out could save airlines on running costs. There's an approximate 0.75% fuel saving for every 1% reduction in weight, it says on its website.
• Using £35m worth of advanced equipment in its Sedgefield facility, the CPI says it is working on technologies to advance flexible OLEDs and tackle problems of cost and durability.
• The designs and the elements of such an aircraft will be looked into and perfected by them over the next decade to make it ready for commercial use.