By getting hold of one of the world’s largest airships to Dubai, Nakheel will commemorate the arrival of the first privileged residents to The Palm Jumeirah at the end of this year. Nakheel has officially settled a deal with the world leader in airship operations, Airship Management Services, Inc. (AMS), for the 197 feet long, 250,000 cubic feet ‘Skyship 600’. A modern Skyship, representing the ultimate form of leisurely aerial travel and promotion will always attract favourable attention and currently only six of this size operating in the world. Along the Skyship’s flight path, the ship will convey the idea that The Palm embodies world-class luxury living and once the Skyship arrives in this great city, passengers can enjoy the most magnificent of sights.
The ‘Skyship 600’ series, which can stay aloft without refuelling for up to 24 hours, has been successfully operated all over the world for more than 25 years and has been fully certified by the British, American, Japanese, Swiss, Australian and German aviation authorities to carry passengers. This level of safety makes the ‘Skyship 600’ one of the safest forms of transport in the world. The helium-filled airship, which operates at around 1,500 to 3,000 feet and has a maximum speed of 70kph (faster with a tailwind), is operated by a crew of 22 personnel consisting of three pilots, three engineers and 16 ground crew who are responsible for all aspects of the safe and effective operation of the airship. A ground convoy of support vehicles will also accompany the airship on its journey from London to Dubai.