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Airlander 10: The World's Longest Aircraft Going Into Full Production

The Airlander 10, a combined plane and airship, has got the production go-ahead and is now preparing to transport its first passengers.

The decision came after the final prototype for the aircraft was retired after successful testing. A single prototype cost a whopping £32 million ($AU 56 million).

British company Hybrid Air Vehicles has now been given Production Organisation Approval from the Civil Aviation Authority.

The Airlander 10 has received full production approval.Image: Getty Images.

The Airlander 10 -- which clocks in 92 metres long, almost 20 metres longer than an Airbus A380 -- first made headlines in 2017 when the prototype collapsed. Some eyewitnesses claiming the aircraft appeared to "break in two" after the aircraft broke its lodgings and deflated. No one was on board, but two staff members on the ground suffered minor injuries.

Changes in design followed in 2018 and now the Airlander 10 will be made as a commercial aircraft.

Airlander 10 lies on the ground after the aircraft came loose from its moorings causing its hull to rip and deflate. Image: Getty Images.

Now with the most recent approval, developers hope the Airlander will be ready to transport its first paying customers in the early 2020s.

Featured Image: Getty Images. 

Contact Siobhan at skenna@networkten.com.au