Airships could fly in Highlands and islands

AIRSHIPS could soon be flying over the Highlands and islands following the launch today of a concept study.

Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) has teamed up with Highlands & Islands Airports (HIAL) to investigate if its Airlander 10 airships could be used to carry passengers and freight.

The airship, which uses technology from aeroplanes and helicopters, is capable of carrying ten tonnes of cargo.

Its maximum range is 4,000 nautical miles and it can stay in the air for up to five days.

The airship is filled with helium, and emits 75% less carbon dioxide than the equivalent aircraft.

Its maker aims to introduce hybrid-electric engines by 2026 to cut emissions by 90%, and fully electric engines by 2030 to give no emissions.

“HIAL’s aim is to become a net-zero carbon regional airport group,” explained managing director Inglis Lyon.

“To achieve this, we need to investigate innovative solutions for sustainable air travel.

“This collaboration allows us to explore the potential use of Airlander 10 as part of the region’s transport network, which provides essential and lifeline services to some of Scotland’s most remote regions.”

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