A Swiss company has unveiled the world's first luxury flying superyacht.
Developed by Switzerland's AirYacht company, the AirYacht concept comprises a 200-metre-long helium-filled airship attached to a 60-metre ultralight carbon superyacht.
The two vessels can also be separated and used independently for even more versatility. When in flight, the yacht serves as the airship's gondola and can accommodate the crew along with up to 12 passengers.
If the owner wants to navigate the water, the yacht can be detached from the airship, lowered down on a set of cables, and then released from those cables once it reaches the water's surface. The innovative launch system, or 'lift', allows the superyacht to be lowered and raised smoothly without the aircraft having to touch the ground.
The blimp, called an "airship", can float at almost 10,000 feet above the earth while cruising along at over 50 miles an hour. Large sections of glass in the hull allow passengers to look down because the most spectacular things that exist when you're flying are on the ground.
The 197ft yacht offers 750 square metres of living space featuring a three-storey residence housing six rooms, including an owner's suite. The concept includes all expected glamorous amenities, such as sundecks, a jacuzzi, swimming pool, hammam, and a garage for cars, jet skis and tenders.
AirYacht's partners Guillaume Hoddé and Matthieu Ozanne - who are experienced engineers - have collaborated with designer Franck Darnet for the concept.