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Airships were Matoran flying vehicles used to transport cargo in Metru Nui. Airships were operated using a complicated system of Kanoka disks with the levitation and increase weight powers. When pulleys caused the levitation disks to strike the framework, the craft rose. When another set of pulleys brought the increase weight disks into contact with the frame, the craft would lose altitude. Forward thrust was provided by a portion of chute capped at both ends, with only a small amount of liquid protodermis under high pressure allowed to jet from the back. Airships were built, maintained, and piloted by Le-Matoran. The Visorak destroyed all of the airships in the Moto-Hub when they invaded the city.1

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Fleets of airships were used to transport huge statues from the Po-Metru Sculpture Fields to various parts of the city.2

Disks of levitation and increase weight were incorporated into Le-Matoran airships.3

Air transport in Metru Nui was used only for cargo. Huge vessels floated through the skies, carrying Rahi to Onu-Metru, solid protodermis blocks and tools to Po-Metru, and other bulk items to points around the city. Matoran airships worked thanks to a complicated system of Kanoka levitation disks and increase weight disks. When pulleys caused the Kanoka disks to strike the framework, the craft rose. For landing, a different set of pulleys caused the increase weight disks to strike, causing the ship to go down. It could take years for a Le-Matoran to master the system, so pilots were highly respected.4

Travelers were advised to take chutes or Ussal carts to get around Metru Nui. Travel via airship was forbidden unless authorized by a supervisor.5

Up front, the Le-Matoran pilots could trigger the vast network of levitation disks to make the airship rise.6

Phase dragons were often spotted flying alongside Matoran airships.7

Cable crawlers were known to nest inside the cargo holds of Matoran airships. This was not discovered until a shipment of Rahi bound by air for the Archives was found devoured by cable crawlers when the hold was opened.8

Airships were used to ship parts to the remote assemblers' villages in Po-Metru.9

Airship pilots were reluctant to fly over Ko-Metru because of the presence of ice bats.1011

Levitation and increase weight disks were incorporated into the design of airships.12