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Title: Naked Blimp
Post by: Newtown-Fella on April 01, 2011, 11:08:25 am
watch out for one of these in a carpark near you soon .....

http://www.hybridairvehicles.com/

nakedbus.com is proud to announce the latest addition to its expanding range of services - domestic airship travel. Starting in February next year a fleet of 14 airships or "blimps" will link all major cities and tourist destinations in New Zealand. Operating under the banner of nakedblimp.com, the blimps will provide regular scheduled services across the country - starting from $1 (plus $1 booking fee).

The blimps will slash travel times compared with road travel - For instance, Auckland to Hamilton in 35 minutes, Christchurch to Queenstown in 90 minutes. nakedblimp.com will bring the most spectacular tourism destinations within reach - for instance Queenstown to the world-renowned Milford Sound will take a mere 40 minutes. Blimps will "hop" up and down the country meaning that a comprehensive and affordable network can be provided. Tourists will be able to travel between Auckland and Queenstown in 5 hours with an average fare of $59.

The blimps will take off from "blimp-ports" in city centre locations so there will be no need to trek to an airport. In Auckland, blimps will take off from the Elliott Street carpark, which will be redeveloped for the purpose. With the ability to bring 100s of travellers per hour to CBDs, cities are expected to vie to provide the most attractive blimp-ports. Blimps can take off vertically where ports are surrounded by tall buildings.

nakedbus.com will co-ordinate its buses with the blimp service ensuring that all communities benefit. nakedbus.com bus stops will be integrated into each blimp-port enabling seamless transfer, and through fares will be available.

Apart from the benefits to tourism, the company is confident that commuters will flock to the new service. "When you can travel from the centre of Hamilton to Auckland CBD in less than an hour, why would you drive?" asks nakedbus.com CEO, Hamish Nuttall.

Each blimp carries up to 235 passengers in air conditioned comfort, and travels at speeds of up to 100 KTS (185 km/h). The company is working on revolutionary BALATRO technology that will boost speeds to 325 km/h further slashing journey times.

Blimps can operate in any conditions that commercial aircraft operate.

The craft chosen for this project are provided by Hybrid Air Vehicles Limited (HAV), based in the UK . They are 81.3m in length, with buoyancy envelopes filled with Helium. More information can be found on HAV's website (http://www.hybridairvehicles.com)

nakedbus.com is making an investment of $NZ308M dollars to fund this expansion, but is confident that with its policy of cheap fares it will be able to make a return. "This is a huge commitment to tourism in New Zealand" says Nuttall, "and we are confident that the public will get behind us".

(http://nakedbus.com is proud to announce the latest addition to its expanding range of services - domestic airship travel. Starting in February next year a fleet of 14 airships or "blimps" will link all major cities and tourist destinations in New Zealand. Operating under the banner of nakedblimp.com, the blimps will provide regular scheduled services across the country - starting from $1 (plus $1 booking fee).

The blimps will slash travel times compared with road travel - For instance, Auckland to Hamilton in 35 minutes, Christchurch to Queenstown in 90 minutes. nakedblimp.com will bring the most spectacular tourism destinations within reach - for instance Queenstown to the world-renowned Milford Sound will take a mere 40 minutes. Blimps will "hop" up and down the country meaning that a comprehensive and affordable network can be provided. Tourists will be able to travel between Auckland and Queenstown in 5 hours with an average fare of $59.


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Title: Re: Naked Blimp
Post by: Yak on April 01, 2011, 12:03:06 pm
LOL
What date is it again? ;)


Title: Re: Naked Blimp
Post by: ssweetpea on April 01, 2011, 12:30:02 pm
Reminds me of a spoof song sung by Jon Gadsby back in the 70s about an inovative method of plugging a large gap in mangaere bridge.
How did that song go?....

Mangere bridge,
we're singing this songing,
to fill up the hole,
we'll use David Lange,
O Mangere Bridge