The idea of constructing a commercial aircraft without windows has been debated for a long time, with the obvious benefits of cheaper construction costs, enhanced speed of the aircraft, higher cruising altitudes and more efficient fuel burn. To date, the concept has never been realised in full however Emirates has introduced virtual windows in its first class cabins, as Tim Clark explained in a recent podcast on the airline’s in-flight entertainment system. “You can save 50 percent of the weight of the aircraft if you remove the windows,” he said. “On the outside there will appear to be no windows,

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