Is This the Future of Travel?

By Sadie Bass

Sep 22, 2009 10:27am

ABC's Vilma Anusaite reports: Flying economy might soon mean facing your fellow passengers and not eating much. This new aircraft seating design should make economy flying cheaper, accommodating more passengers per aircraft and allowing faster and safer boarding and exit but there is a catch, a major catch. Customers will be forced to sit on theatre-type folding chairs and to face their fellow passengers at rather close proximity, similar to the military way of transporting soldiers. The director of the British company Design Q that came up with the new aircraft seating says this type of plane is designed for short travel times (up to 90min) and should allow 15-20% passenger increase. “People will be able to drink and eat on the plane, just like people do in a bus… but limited”, said Howard Guy. The company came up with the idea working on a project with a primary school in Stoke on Trent. “We designed an interior for the aircraft that now resides at the school to facilitate learning.” Said Mr. Guy. “I realised that the proposal we built for them had as much application for a commercial aircraft as it did for school.” Design Q director told ABC News that this cabin seating design hasn’t been finalised and at the moment is being evaluated with different aircraft types.  “It is new news! We put it out to gauge reaction from people and operators”, he said.

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