Here’s an unusual look at the flying future introduced by Airbus and Zodiac Aerospace at the Aircraft Interior Expo taking place in Hamburg this week.
The two companies say they are developing lower-deck modules with sleeping berths as an option for the cargo compartment of an aircraft.
.@Airbus and @ZodiacAerospace enter into a partnership for new lower-deck sleeping facilities 🛌 https://t.co/yteDQWiGbM pic.twitter.com/ZViVgB3yFs
— Safran (@SAFRAN) April 10, 2018
These passenger modules are envisioned as being easily interchangeable with regular cargo containers and easily put in or taken out during a typical turnaround as they don’t require any modification of the cargo area flooring.
The modules, which could be configured for other uses besides sleeping, offer airlines “new opportunities for additional services to passengers, improving their experience while enabling airlines to differentiate and add value for their commercial operations,” the companies said in a statement.
“This approach to commercial air travel is a step change towards passenger comfort. We have already received very positive feedback from several airlines on our first mock-ups,” said Geoff Pinner, Head of Airbus Cabin & Cargo Programme.
The plan is to get approval for the modules by 2020 and to roll them out first on A330 aircraft.
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