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Don't call it a blimp--it's an 'air yacht'

With 5,000 square feet, it's trying to make the skies even friendlier.


Something is in the air these days, quite literally, in the form of blimps. And we're not talking about MP3 speakers either.

Aeros, a company that produces modern-day dirigibles for military and civilian use, has developed a "private air yacht" that it hopes will revolutionize air travel. The "Aerocraft ML866" isn't necessarily built for speed but makes up for it with space and luxury appointments, including "a computerized office, videoconferencing capability, an advanced communications package, transformable interior, personal state room and a physical conference space," Gizmag says. The Aerocraft boasts an interior of more than 5,000 square feet and can carry up to 100 people.

But perhaps its most important feature is the ability to take off vertically like a helicopter, which means it can bypass the endless bottlenecks of conventional airport runways. Pricing wasn't immediately known, but it's probably a relatively affordable "public transportation" alternative to a $200,000 zeppelin of your own.