Long Journey Reaches Its End In SF Bay Area
Passing over the Golden Gate Bridge on the last leg of the
flight from Beaumont, TX to Mountain View, CA on Saturday, the
Airship Ventures Zeppelin has finally arrived at its new home at
The Zeppelin NT07 ("New Technology") was manufactured in Germany
by Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik GmbH and transported on its
trans-oceanic crossing aboard the 530 foot-long container ship
"Combi Dock I" from Hamburg, Germany to Beaumont, TX.
Airship Ventures President Brian Hall, aboard the airship on the
week-long flight from Texas, lauds this graceful and unhurried mode
of travel. "It's a way to see the world in a way that you haven't
experienced it before. In a zeppelin, you're flying low and slow.
You're going at a leisurely pace. You're seeing things that you
wouldn't see from the road."
As ANN previously reported, Airship Ventures
will offer the only passenger airship flight service in America in
over 70 years. "Flightseeing" tours will be offered from several
Bay Area locations, showcasing the San Francisco Bay/Silicon
Valley, Sonoma/Napa wine regions, and Monterey/Big Sur
Round-trip rides from historic Moffett Field will begin in late
October, with flights from Oakland International and Sonoma County
Airport starting in November. Tickets start at $495 per person.
The spacious cabin comfortably accommodates the pilot, flight
attendant, and up to 12 passengers with luxury features including
oversized panoramic windows, an onboard restroom with window, and a
unique 180-degree rear observation window and "loveseat" that wraps
the entire aft end of the cabin.
One of only three Zeppelins in the world, at 246 feet in length
ranks as the largest airship flying in the US, more than 50 feet
longer than the largest blimp. Unlike earlier designs using highly
flammable hydrogen, this next generation craft is filled with
Airship Ventures plans to have two more airships built, CNN
reported. Likely to be based on the east coast in New York and
Florida, Airship Ventures hopes to begin giving tours in the new
airships by 2010.