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Just in time for Labor Day, a flying hotel that never rests

Saturday, Aug 27, 2022

When dreaming up new products, our R&D department loves to reference this Albert Einstein quote: “Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible.” Soooooo…..a nuclear powered sky hotel that can stay airborne for years? Absurdity or near-term possibility? Does it matter?


It’s called Sky Cruise, and it’s a luxury flying hotel that recently took the Internet by storm when this concept video went viral—probably as much for its ambition as for its pure fancy. Part cruise ship, part mega plane, Sky Cruise would have all the amenities of a luxury ocean liner in the air, including restaurants, pools, bars, theaters and even a 360-degree viewing deck from which guests would be able to feast on spectacular sunsets, starry night and even the aurora borealis. With state-of-the-art infrastructure and powered by 20 nuclear engines, Sky Cruise would sail above the clouds, be piloted by A.I. and would never need to land. All maintenance and repairs would be performed in flight.

Originally designed by Tony Holmsten, the luxury flying hotel concept was reimagined for the video by animator Hashem Al-Ghaili. After the video posted, the doubters came out in short order, posting comments online about the flaws behind Sky Cruise’s shape, weight and size defying the laws of Physics and aerodynamics (not to mention how expensive the aircraft’s tires would be—one detractor posted that one tire would need a series of “massive compressors running for 36 hours pumping an obscene amount of nitrogen just to pressurize one tire”).

Love it or hate it, it’s fun to think about.

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