Future of air travel has landed but no boarding card until 2018
Mood-lighting to reduce jet lag and cameras providing a bird's-eye view of the earth hurtling past below - the future of commercial air travel has landed at Dublin Airport.
Aer Lingus, which has added nine Airbus A350s to its fleet, hopes that Irish passengers will be flying in the new airplanes as soon as 2018.
Yesterday members of the media were given a sneak peek of the behemoth passenger jet which boasts 42 business-class and 223 economy-class seats.
Outside they loom like titans, with a 64.8m wing span. However it is inside where the future is close at hand.
Throughout the cabin, LED lighting comes in a staggering 16.7 million different colour tones and is used to create "mood lighting" designed to reduce every globetrotters pet peeve, jet lag.
Each seat comes with a personal passenger media system, with a HD touch screen which plays movies, TV shows and music.
It can also show views from three cameras located under the fuselage offering a unique perspective on take-off, flights and landing.