According to the Guardian, HAV had to abandon plans to use the Airlander 10 prototype as a “test article and sales demonstrator” after the latter incident, though it won over $25 million (20 million pounds) in insurance payouts for the “very significant damage” to the airship. McGlennan stated that HAV is now focused on moving forward to a production-ready Airlander model, including “all the details that make the difference between a prototype and a product.” The Guardian added that HAV appears to be quickly moving through the regulatory process:

The company, founded in 2007, added it was in a “strong position to launch production” of the new aircraft, with the design already approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency.

It said that it usually takes more than a year to prepare a facility for a CAA production organisation approval audit, but the Airlander Technology Centre was audit-ready within six months.

As the Verge noted, in addition to whatever successor is planned for Airlander 10, HAV is also planning an Airlander 50 model it describes as its “big brother,” capable of carrying 55 U.S. tons.

[The Guardian via the Verge]