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Windspeed Wants to Put This Fancy Viewing Dome On Top of a Plane

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A company called Windspeed is making headlines today for its unique airplane seating concept. Rather than sitting in a fancy first-class suite on the passenger deck, travelers would spend the flight in a glass dome atop the fuselage called SkyDeck, giving them a very unique perspective from 35,000 feet. The view would be fairly similar to the tail cameras available now, such as on Qatar’s A350. It wouldn’t be too much larger than the radomes currently used to house satellite antennas, for services like Wi-Fi and DirecTV, so bizarre as the concept may seem, it’s theoretically doable.

Windspeed's top-mounted dome.
Windspeed’s top-mounted dome.

According to an article on Mashable, Windspeed’s SkyDeck wouldn’t add much drag, though it would affect fuel consumption due to the added weight. The company claims its viewing bubble is ready to install once customers begin placing orders, with passengers getting into the seats via either a staircase or a motorized platform (as you’ll see in the video above). Pricing should range from $8 million to $25 million, depending on the configuration, with installation and testing taking several months.

What premium would you pay to fly in a SkyDeck?

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