By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Revolutionary: Passing Cloud is the name given to the world's first cloud plane which would allow passengers to feel like they are floating in the sky
With passengers able to walk along its roof while floating serenely in the sky, this futuristic plane looks too good to be true.
But the Portuuese designer of the world's first cloud plane is confident that his revolutionary idea could soon go into production.
Passing Cloud is an idea for a novel mode of transportation designed for the traveller less bothered about the destination than the journey.
Incredible: An image of how Passing Cloud would look floating above a city
Propelled and steered by wind alone the plane would travel around the USA allowing customers a unique insight into life above the chimney tops.
The revolutionary airbus would be constructed from a series of spherical balloons with an inner stainless steel structure covered with nylon fabric.
Futuristic: Passing Cloud would be propelled and steered by wind alone. The plane would travel around the U.S. allowing customers a unique insight into life above the chimney tops
Designer Tiago Barros said: 'The purpose of the project is to minimise carbon footprint, defy all typical means of rapid transportation in time and location, in a way that is innovative, aesthetic and dynamic.
'It would be a unique journey. The feeling of floating in the atmosphere, on top of a cloud, with an open schedule and unknown final destiny.
Quirky: The revolutionary airbus would be constructed from a series of spherical balloons with an inner stainless steel structure covered with nylon fabric
'It is also an object that could have multiple applications, from its pure leisure and observation deck to its deployment in disaster scene environments.'
Mr Barros, 33, hopes to put his cloud plane into production but is unsure when the development stage will take off.
He said: 'It will be a matter of time and opportunities. But my initial target was met, which was to show the project to the world. But the media and public feedback has been tremendous which is encouraging.'
The designer has had a skilled and varied career as an architect in New York, Lisbon and Lebanon.
His Passing Cloud was recently submitted as a project for the international ideas competition: Life at the Speed of Rail, organised by Van Alen Institute and partly funded by the Department of Cultural affairs of New York City.
Although it wasn’t one of the winning proposals his idea reveals a strong conceptual approach of a new vision on travelling which is based on the old Zeppelins.