|Make/Model (approximate)||Helium-filled, Rigid Airship|
|Primary Color||Gray and Red|
|Details and Features|
|Special Features||Many vacation amenities|
The Excelsior is a helium-filled, rigid airship. The airship has many luxury accommodations. Its primary investor is Sandu Singh who was a passenger on the airship's maiden voyage, and it is piloted by Captain Lammers and Lt. Klauss Kraus. The Excelsior maintains only one route for passangers, New York to London, which is a 24 hour voyage. In the episode "Skytanic," Captain Lammers attempted to blow up the airship with C4 explosives before jumping out with a parachute.
Among the accommodations are a gambling area, a bar, a restaurant, a dancing floor, and duty free shopping areas. The sleeping accommodations come in luxurious first class suites, and standard cabins, which are cramped and about the size of a broom closet. These come with twin sized beds, an adjacent bathroom, and yet as Archer points out, an amazing amount of storage.
A trip from London to NYC in 24 hours would require a cruising speed of 144 MPH, approximately 60 MPH faster than either the German Graf Zeppelin or USS Macon rigid airships.
In other episodes advertising for the Excelsior is seen on a t-shirt worn by Uta and as an advertisement in a magazine.
(In what may be coincidence or not, Excelsior is also a term used by Stan Lee as a catchphrase, and possibly the name of the airship is a reference . If so, it would fit into the 1960s aesthetic of the show. Or it's possibly a reference to New york's state logo.)