Hybrid Airships venturing to Alaska
Hybrid Enterprises, the exclusive worldwide reseller of Lockheed Martin's Hybrid Airships, has announced a strategic partnership between Alaska (USA)-based PRL Logistics, a provider of remote site logistics, and the UK-based Hybrid Airship owner and operator, Straightline Aviation.
The pact will introduce the world's first heavylift hybrid airship – the LMH-1. Developed and built by Lockheed Martin, the LMH-1 has the ability to land on virtually any surface including snow, ice, gravel and even water. The football field sized airships will provide low cost and environmentally friendly solutions for moving freight and personnel to the most isolated regions of Alaska and Northern Canada.
For Alaska, airship operations will be based at the PRL Logistics operations centre in Kenai, and supported by other PRL locations throughout the state. The first aircraft are to be delivered in 2019, and will carry up to 22 t of freight, along with 18 passengers plus crew.
Read more HL news in the supplement of today's ITJ 37-38/2016