We at Flightglobal aren’t entirely convinced by the flying hotel called the Hotelicopter.
The aircraft is modelled on the Mil V-12 (Russian heavy-lift helicopter) and the Hotelicopter Company supposedly bought one of the prototypes from the Mikhail Leontyevich Mil helicopter plant in Panki-Tomilino, Russia in 2004 and have been engineering the world’s first flying hotel ever since.
In addition to extending the helicopter’s body to accommodate an extra floor, four GEnx turbofan engines ave been added, each featuring a thrust range of 75,000lbs, and energy-efficient aerodynamic modifications that cut fuel consumption over 22% on long hauls.
Once stepping inside the Hotelicopter, you’re welcomed into a “plush” welcome lounge then shown you to your own cabin where you’ll enjoy your “private entertainment system, full bathroom and shower, and a queen-sized bed with Egyptian cotton sheets.
If it’s pampering you’re after, and why wouldn’t you in a flying helicopter? – you can have a deep tissue massage, a manicure and pedicure, or have your hair done, top up your tan or take a soak in the jacuzzi or indulge in our dry sauna.
Hmmm, I thought transporting water wasn’t the most efficient way to travel, so I smell a rat.
David Kaminski Morrow, online news editor, says: “Looks like an elaborate prank to me (PS – April Fool’s Day this week). The Mil V-12 (Russian heavy-lift helicopter) existed, but I think there were only two of them because it never went into production. Plus I doubt anyone managed to put something like this together under people’s noses without something being said.”
“Incidentally, I think the building behind the front-page picture is a weather monitoring station.”
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