August 5 - A French company launches Zeppelin tours for paying customers eager to have a different view of the countryside near Paris. Elly Park reports.
Zeppelins offer a new view of France. A French company is offering commercial Zeppelin tours, giving people a bird's eye view of the scenic countryside near Paris. For 450 euros they can enjoy a full hour-long cruise which is unlike any aircraft says Airship Paris' President Eric Lopez. SOUNDBITE: Airship Paris President Eric Lopez saying (French) "We're talking about a different thing altogether, a different way of flying, which isn't like anything else apart from maybe a flying carpet in our dreams." The airship is powered by three engines that steers the massive balloon filled with almost 8,500 cubic meters of helium gas. And its pilot Kate Bord assures that it's almost the safest thing in the sky. SOUNDBITE: Pilot Kate Bord saying (English) "The gas is inert, we don't fly very heavy so our falling out of the sky would be a very slow motion." Flights over the city of Paris itself are strictly forbidden but eagle-eyed passengers can even pick out the familiar figure of the Eiffel Tower on the horizon.