Airlines are well aware travel by plane can be extremely uncomfortable for the majority of passengers, and while they may make attempts to make it more comfortable, maintaining profits by keeping the same number of seats in each airplane is something they are not willing to compromise. Some plane manufacturers started to get creative with the seats they already have on certain models of aircraft to try to make flying more appealing without risking profit loss.
Airbus is one such manufacturer taking the already-existing seats on planes and transforming them into different styles to enhance comfort. The new “Settee Corner” seat encompasses three normal passenger seats but converts them into one couch-style seat for a single business-class traveler.
Airbus sought the assistance of Geven, a seat manufacturer, to develop this couch-style seating from three standard economy seats. Passengers who book these seats will have access to the same amenities as regular business-class seats, including overhead bin space, increased storage space within the seat and a specialized safety belt that can be worn when passengers are lying down so flight attendants can assure they are securely buckled in.
These new seats are the same length as previous seats at 185 centimeters but are 50 to 70 percent lighter than traditional seats.
While this invention may not be the best news for economy passengers, the fact aircraft manufacturers work toward a more comfortable solution for passengers is encouraging.
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