Lockheed Martin Hybrid Airship reseller Hybrid Enterprises has received a letter of intent to purchase up to 10 Lockheed Martin Hybrid Airships. The set value could be upwards of $480 million.

The order comes from Straightline Aviation, a UK-based entity with experience in operating airships. Details are currently being finalized.

“We are delighted to be first in line with this magnificent aircraft that is going to dramatically change the way cargo is moved around the world,” said Mike Kendrick, SLA Co-Founder and CEO. “The clear-cut economic and environmental advantages of these Hybrids are attracting vast amounts of attention from a wide-range of potential end-users.”

A revolution in remote cargo delivery

Hybrid Airships offer a means of transporting cargo without relying on traditional air travel infrastructure, thus allowing them to more easily access remote areas. In addition, they burn less fuel than conventional aircraft, and so offer a more environmentally sound option.

“Lockheed Martin’s Hybrid Airship represents a revolution in remote cargo delivery,” said Rob Binns, CEO of Hybrid Enterprises. “Having an experienced team such as SLA recognize the Hybrid Airship’s potential by signing the LOI solidifies the demand for this new mode of transportation. We are honored and excited to share this milestone with them.”