Credit By: Khaleej Times
French firm Flying Whales, specializing in rigid airship technology for heavy-load transport, plans to establish a manufacturing facility in the UAE. The initiative is expected to create approximately 1,000 job opportunities in collaboration with partners. The LCA60T airship operates as a helicopter and is designed to carry heavy loads to remote locations, such as mobile hospitals while boasting zero-emission capabilities.
Key Features of LCA60T
- Length: 200 meters
- Diameter: 50 meters
- Cargo Bay: 96 meters long
- Payload Capacity: Up to 60 tonnes
- Operation: Electric-powered, entirely emission-free
Certification and Operation
The airship, designed as a whale, will be certified by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA). It is unavailable for sale and will be operated by Flying Whales Services. The innovative design allows it to transport various heavy or bulky loads, including wind blades, high-voltage towers, industrial parts, and hospitals.
Manufacturing Facility in Abu Dhabi
Flying Whales aims to establish a final assembly line in Abu Dhabi to produce airships for regions from East Africa to the Middle East to India. Discussions have begun, and if the facility is set up, production is expected to commence in 2027, generating around 300 direct jobs. Additionally, consortium companies will also come to the UAE to produce parts, resulting in a total of approximately 1,000 jobs.
The airship’s electric-powered operation aligns with environmental sustainability goals. With its unique capabilities and design, the LCA60T represents a breakthrough in heavy-load transport technology, offering the flexibility to reach remote locations efficiently.
Flying Whales’ plan to establish a manufacturing facility in the UAE signifies a strategic move to enhance airship production and create employment opportunities. The innovative airship’s design and capabilities showcase advancements in sustainable transportation for heavy loads, addressing diverse logistical challenges.
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