As airlines pack more seats in the economy sections of their aircraft, they are also looking for ways to expand their premium-end offerings. We have seen some very dramatic upgrades like that with Etihad’s First Apartment and their exclusive Residence, Emirates’ new A380 Suites, and the new suites for Singapore.
A New Class of Airplane That Could be the Best in the Sky
Link: Airbus Release
There have been many other concepts that have been offered for high-end luxury on commercial airplanes (check out this ultra cool First Space concept and the Athlete Airplane concept). Some do not make it into production but the latest proposal by Airbus comes very soon after Qantas’ CEO mentioned the space that is available on airplanes that could be used for passengers – the cargo space.
Airbus and Zodiac Aerospace revealed a very cool mockup on what could be installed in their A330 series of aircraft (and possibly the A350 XWB) by as soon as 2020!
They have created a way to install sleeping berths into the cargo space of the aircraft yet have it be movable to adjust for the need of cargo in a turnaround situation. They have also modeled the design of a child’s play area, a lounge, and a conference room. They would even have a module that could be an infirmary!
Modular Unites for the Airbus Aircraft
That’s right, these are modular units that could be used according to each airline’s specific use and need (I would imagine the US airlines may want to put seats like this in the space – 🙂 ).
This is the first reveal of something like this and I am sure that there will be more luxurious modules rolling out soon as well. Given how the Etihad Residence is actually not that popular of a product, I think it is a smart idea to go for more of a public yet private space in this area of the plane rather than something like a mini-mansion in the sky. I don’t see a module yet for a fitness center but I am sure that will come soon also… 🙂
In the meantime, I love seeing how aircraft manufacturers are experimenting with designs, especially for areas of the plane that may have been not usable space for passengers in the past or areas that were not so useful otherwise (like the space used for the Etihad Residence – a perfect use-case for an area that would not have allowed much else there besides more bathrooms).
So, what do you think?