Emirates airline has shown a new first class suite in which the windows have been exchanged for cameras and screens. According to the director of Emirates, the image to the outside is better than usual and could become commonplace in the future.
Director Tim Clark tells the BBC that the quality of the images is so good that the image outside is better than with the naked eye. Replacing windows with screens is now only done in a first class cabin of a Boeing 777-300ER.
According to Clark, the ultimate goal is to gradually stop using a plane where passengers can look out through windows. According to the Emirates director, this leads to fewer structural weaknesses in the fuselage of the aircraft, while at the same time saving weight and flying faster, more economically and higher.
It is not clear when the first windowless flights for at least some of the passengers will start. Among other things, hurdles can be raised by aviation authorities as the crew needs to be able to see outside in an emergency, something that can become a pain without windows if the power goes out and the screens and cameras stop working.