Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP) has announced plans to develop a retractable aircraft cabin project which will enable airlines to re-distribute their capacity on demand for each flight in record time while the aircraft is on the ground.
The project will provide passengers with a number of options for customised aeroplane cabins-on-demand for entertainment and business, a statement said, adding that the plan is part of the Dubai 10X initiative which aims to put Dubai 10 years ahead of other cities around the world.
Another initiative being worked on by the DAEP is a multi-mode super port project, the first of its kind in the world, which will provide an integrated travel outlet for both air and space travel.
The initiatives are part of 26 initiatives submitted by 24 government agencies in Dubai, which were approved by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and chairman of the board of trustees of the Dubai Future Foundation (DFF).
Khalifa Suhail Al Zaffin, executive chairman of Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects said: "The advent of new travel technologies such as supersonic aircraft and space travel have raised questions about the ability to exist airports to accommodate these modes of travel in an integrated way.
"As the most ambitious country in the field of exploratory space missions, we believe the time is right to develop a new comprehensive plan for an integrated airport that offers both air and space travel."
He added: "The Dubai 10X initiative has helped us make great strides. Dubai has always pioneered change and has a strong track record of innovative projects. Our Dubai 10X projects provide real opportunities for us to set new and innovative standards in the aviation industry and add unique value to the passenger experience."
The plan also provides a framework for establishing close partnerships with the UAE Space Agency, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and the Supreme Legislation Committee, in addition to international organisations, agencies and companies.
Source: Arabian Business