How does fiction quickly indicate that the story takes place in an altered history? Easy, the sky will be full of airships. With few exceptions this mode of transport has been relegated to the past. To see airships in wide spread use now is mere fantasy. Or is it?
Mac Byers came up with this design for his final project while at the University of Huddersfield. As you can see from the video below, it combines the luxury cruise concept with air travel. Now all they need to do is add a little more 19th century flare, and I am sure our Steampunk brethren will be the first to purchase a ticket.
The technology behind this design is currently being developed by Aeroscraft. Lift is primarily coming from the engines, leaving the helium to offset the weight of the cargo.