As air travel continues to be more competitive, a windowless airplane concept from The Centre for Process Innovation might become a reality. The windowless airplane concept is rather ingenius, replacing the row of small porthole-sized windows along an airplane’s fuselage with an external-facing wide-angle camera and an internal display. The new design could increase the structural stability of the aircraft, while at the same time decreasing the weight, thereby making windowless airplanes even more fuel-efficient.
The new design eliminates the windows and allows aircraft manufacturers to use solid walls throughout the entire fuselage. Those little porthole windows are nice for travelers, but they’re significantly more complex from an engineering standpoint. Since they’re usually double-paned and have thick liners to eliminate the possibility of leaks, they add quite a bit of weight to the plane, as well. The windowless airplane concept would instead put a high-resolution wide-angle video camera (or a series of cameras) along the outside of the plane, to capture footage of the surrounding airspace. This video feed could then be delivered to interior-facing huge displays. As seen in the video below, this would also allow the functional interior of the plane to be wider, which could in turn make seats wider, as well.
This system could also be upgraded to add more benefits to passengers, such as a touchscreen menu to order meals and snacks, or more detailed information about the terrain over which they’re traveling. Since the technology itself exists, making this windowless airplane a reality is closer than you think – you could see this on commercial aircraft within the next ten years.