The world’s longest aircraft is set to go into production and will offer “luxury expeditions” around the globe.

It comes after the 92m long prototype of the Airlander 10 was retired following successful final testing.

A prototype of the aircraft built in 2012 was named Martha Gwyn after the company chairman’s wife, but it became popularly known as “the flying bum” due to its shape.

The prototype was damaged in 2016 when it nose-dived and crashed during a test flight in 2016.

It also collapsed in November 2017 after coming loose from its moorings, with both incidents happening at its former base at Cardington Airfield, Bedfordshire.

Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) now hopes the full commercial model will take to the skies with its first paying passengers “in the early 2020s”, although there is no word yet on the price of a ticket.

The combined plane and airship will feature en-suite bedrooms, fine dining, and seating areas with “horizon to horizon views”.

HAV and Design Q unveiled the Airlander 10 passenger cabin at the Farnborough Airshow in 2018.

The tourism-focused, eco-friendly aircraft is intended to offer a leisurely voyage of the skies.

Some of the cabins will have glass floors allowing passengers to take in the views from 16,000ft (5km).

A total of 18 guests can enjoy fine dining in the skies.
A bedroom cabin on the luxury aircraft.