The days of peeking out of the little aeroplane window on your journey could be coming to an end, thanks to a new aircraft design.
Spike Aerospace, the designers of a new supersonic jet, say windows add weight to an aircraft, so removing them from the design altogether will reduce drag and make the plane fly faster.
Instead, there will be display screens embedded in the wall. These will show the view from outside of the cabin, with footage fed from cameras mounted on the outside of the aircraft. Passengers will be able to dim the screens or change the images.
Spike Aerospace claims it will launch the first supersonic S-512 business jet in 2018, with the capability of reaching destinations in half the current journey time. For example, passengers will be able to fly from New York to London in three to four hours, and from Los Angeles to Tokyo in eight hours.
In a statement the company said: “We expect the first customers for the jet will be businesses and their management teams that need to manage global operations more efficiently.
“They will be able to reach destinations faster, evaluate more opportunities and have a bigger impact on their enterprises.
“In time, supersonic travel will be available to everyone so they can explore more of the world, faster.”