Airbus has just patented a new airplane design which gives a whole new meaning to the term ‘cattle class’.
These new plans for stacked seating make much better use of unused cabin space which means the airplane could potentially hold up to 40% more passengers.
Almost everyone wants to travel more, and this genius way of utilising unused cabin space could make flying far more efficient and affordable.
Not only will this new design fit more people on the plane, it will also improve the whole flying experience.The image below shows that every seat will also recline to a horizontal position so that everyone can lie down – awesome!
In the patent filing, Airbus said:
In modern means of transport, in particular in aircraft, it is very important from an economic point of view to make optimum use of the available space in a passenger cabin. Passenger cabins are therefore fitted with as many rows of passenger seats as possible, which are positioned with as little space between them as possible.
The plans have been drawn up in Hamburg and lodged with the US patent and trademark office. However, it is still unclear whether these plans will ever become a reality. The plane manufacturer has lodged over 600 patents in the past 12 months so this could just be a cautionary measure to protect its intellectual property.
These plans look more comfortable, more efficient, and also kind of fun! Hats off to the engineers who have put the plans together. Lets hope these innovative new plans get beyond the drawing board.