By Denna Bowman
Goodyear confirmed that it is commited to investing in new Blimps – the iconic Zeppelin Airships that are synonymous with the US tyres company.
The US tyres manufacture will continue to work with the German zeppelin manufacturer ZLT Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik to supply it with airships well into the next decade.
Richard J. Kramer, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Goodyear, said: “The Goodyear blimp is one of the most recognisable brand icons in the world. An event isn’t considered truly special unless the Goodyear blimp is there to provide aerial coverage.
“I am pleased this investment will ensure that future generations will have the opportunity to experience the joy of seeing the Goodyear blimp grace the skies.”
Goodyear has built and operated more than 300 airships – including two large rigid airships the U.S.S. Macon and U.S.S. Akron, but the current blimps are nearing the end of their lifecycle.
Nancy Jandrokovic, Goodyear’s director of Global Airship Operations, added: “We saw this as an opportunity to take the next evolutionary step in our airship programme.
“Throughout the history of blimps, Goodyear has been an innovative leader. With Goodyear and Zeppelin working together again, we believe a new standard is about to set.”
The Zeppelin LZ N07 – 101 model airships will be built with Zeppelin and Goodyear airship teams at Goodyear’s Wingfoot Lake Airship Hangar near Akron, Ohio. Construction on the first airship is scheduled to start in 2013 and begin operating in 2014.