Saturday, October 11, 2008

The Zeppelin NT reaches the US today

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While the Zeppelin Foundation celebrates it's 100 year anniversary today in Friedrichshafen the Zeppelin NT #04 finally reaches the US in Beaumont as reported earlier so the rumors have been true. The airship left on Friday September 27th from the Airbus Dock in Hamburg (nice picture also here at unser-wedel.de) and is arriving today at the Port of Beaumont at the Roll On - Roll Off Dock. There is a nice picture of the dock on Panoramio you can see it here. Since I have been on vacation and super busy with the 7th International Airship Convention I couldn't provide any coverage of the Zeppelins travel from Hamburg to Beaumont but Airshipventures has published a lot just have a look at their Blog they even have Live tracking of the Ship. Airshipventures has also released a new revamped website with details on the tours they will fly and the costs. Ticket prices range from $495 for a one hour tour from Moffet Field or Oakland to $975 for a 2 hour tour of the Wine Country. To learn more about the tours and the routes they are flying check the Tours page of Airship Ventures. For the first commercial flight of the Zeppelin NT in the US Airshipventures have partnered with the Steampunk Band Abney Park. On Halloween 2008 that's October 31st 2008 you can fly with Abney Park on board the Zeppelin. There were only 8 tickets available when the promotion started so hurry if you want to get one it's $785.00 US for the flight. There is a special website with a bit more information here. If your wallet is not big enough or you would prefer to not pay for your flight, you could win a ride in the Airship if you can guess the Name of the N-704LZ which is just it's registration. So head over to the Contest at the Airship Ventures website to win a free flight in the first commercial passenger Zeppelin in the US in over 70 years. The contest ends November 10th after that the Airship will be officially christened with a big celebration and announcement of the winner.

On September 29th right after the Zeppelin had left for the US Airship Ventures issued the following Press release with some more information.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AIRSHIP VENTURES ZEPPELIN CROSSING ATLANTIC Tickets for San Francisco Bay Area Tours Now On Sale Moffett Field, California – September 29, 2008 – Airship Ventures today announced that the largest airship in the world, the 246 foot long Airship Ventures Zeppelin has left Hamburg, Germany aboard the 530 foot long container ship “Combi Dock I” and is on its way across the Atlantic. One of only three Zeppelins in the world, and the first to come to the USA, the airship is expected to arrive at the port of Beaumont, Texas, on or around October 12. The ship will then be off-loaded, and after some re-assembly and flight checks, flown cross country. The historic journey will take the ship through Texas, New Mexico and Arizona before entering California and crossing the Rocky Mountains at Banning Pass. Travelling up the coast for a dramatic San Francisco entrance through the Golden Gate Bridge, it will then land at its new home – the historic airship hangars of Moffett Field – some two weeks after arrival at the port. Brian Hall, Airship Ventures president, commented “There is nothing quite like a ride in the Zeppelin. Imagine being gently lifted into the sky, a birds-eye view of life 1000 feet below. You will gain a new perspective of our world, and your place within it. We call it an “Altitude Adjustment.” Alex Hall, Airship Ventures CEO continued, “While this historic flight represents the start of operations here in the United States for the Zeppelin, it is the culmination of nearly two years of hard work by teams at both Airship Ventures and Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik.” Scenic “flight-seeing” tours will be offered aboard the Zeppelin from several Bay Area locations, with itineraries showcasing the San Francisco Bay/Silicon Valley, Sonoma/Napa wine regions, and Monterey/Big Sur coastline. The airship will also be used for a variety of technological and scientific research missions. The spacious cabin comfortably accommodates the pilot, flight attendant, and up to 12 passengers with luxury features including oversized panoramic windows, an onboard restroom with window, and a unique 180-degree rear observation window and “love seat” that wraps the entire aft end of the cabin. Pricing and Availability Round-trip rides from historic Moffett Field will begin in late October 2008, with flights from Oakland International and Sonoma County Airport starting in November. Ticket prices vary based on flight duration and destination, starting at $495 per person. Packages are available for group charters, corporate events, and custom tours. For more information about the Airship Ventures Zeppelin, or for ticket availability, visit www.airshipventures.com, or call 650-969-8100. ABOUT AIRSHIP VENTURES, INC. Airship Ventures Inc., founded 2007 in California, is a privately owned corporation formed with the objective of bringing Zeppelin NT airships to the USA for “flightseeing” tours, media and science mission operations. Initially based with one ship in California, over time the company intends to have a number of airships operating throughout the USA. ABOUT THE ZEPPELIN NT AIRSHIP The Zeppelin NT07 airship, carrying up to 12 passengers, will be the largest airship flying in the US. A marvel of modern airship design, the Zeppelin NT (“New Technology”) was manufactured in Germany by Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik GmbH. Powerful engines, state-of-the-art avionics, and fly-by-wire flight controls enable the airship to perform maneuvers similar to those performed by helicopters, including vertical takeoffs and landings. At 246 feet in length, it is more than 50 feet longer than the largest blimp. Using the inert gas helium for lift, and vectored thrust engines for flight, the Zeppelin NT has been flying with an unparalleled safety record since 1997, in Germany and Japan. ### Airship Ventures is a trademark of Airship Ventures, Inc. Zeppelin is a trademark of Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik GmbH & Co. KG. All other product and brand names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners. Airship Ventures Contact: Beth Pursley, Press Relations pr@airshipventures.com +1-650-969-8100 x122

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