Airship Ventures, the Mountain View company that took passengers on joy rides in what it billed as the world's largest passenger airship, the Zeppelin Eureka, is closing, the firm said Thursday.
Company officials said they would cease operations out of Moffett Field immediately and plan to provide refunds to customers who have already booked flights.
Founded in 2007, Airship Ventures focused on taking passengers "flightseeing" in the Eureka, a Zeppelin NT (new technology) built in Friedrichshafen, Germany. There are only two like it in the world - here and in Germany.
Airship Ventures has been leasing the Eureka from the Zeppelin company, which is expected to disassemble the airship and send it back to Germany.
"It's an inelegant end for the Eureka," said Hall, who has launched a social-media campaign to try to save the company.
This is tragic.