Italian Firm Releases Design For 'Standing' Plane Seats
It seems as though Economy class has been getting smaller and smaller over the years as airlines try to squeeze another row in to get more bang for their buck.
It's hard to imagine how they'd be able to keep going without elongating the fuselage - but an Italian company is here to show you how with some very debatable seats.
Designers at Aviointeriors have released their prototype of 'standing seats', which look similar to some rollercoaster rides.
On the website, it says: "The Skyrider 2.0 is an innovative seat, it allows an ultra-high density in the aircraft cabin.
"Skyrider 2.0 opens the travelling experience to a wider passenger market, creating also a useful space for the introduction mixed classes boarded on the same aircraft."
Yes, because everyone loves the idea of having even more people crammed onto a plane. There's no description of how this would work for mums and dads travelling with small kids or anyone else that might not be able to sit in it.
Could this be introduced as a class below Economy?
The site continues: "Its main feature is the original bottom that ensures an increased upright passenger position allowing installation of the seat at a reduced pitch, while maintaining an adequate comfort.
"The design of this seat enables to increase the passenger number by 20 percent allowing increasing profits for airline companies. Furthermore, Skyrider 2.0 weighs 50 percent less than standard economy class seats and the reduced number of components enable minimum maintenance costs."
According to the Mirror, thankfully this design is aimed at budget airlines for short-haul flights - imagine being strapped into one of these bad boys from London to Perth?
Prices for these seats would have to be considerably less to make the idea of standing for an entire flight more enticing.
But these 'standing seats' are child's play compared to what Qantas CEO Alan Joyce wants to do in the future.
Speaking to the Australia-United Kingdom Chamber of Commerce in London, the Sydney Morning Herald reports, Mr Joyce said: "One of the concepts that we have is, maybe if we're not carrying freight, you do something lower where cargo is on the aircraft - do you have an area where people can walk...[or] be used as an exercise area? Do you have berths like on a train?"
Having an area where you actually stretch your legs would be amazing as you walk around without having the whole cabin look at you awkwardly standing there.
Featured Image Credit: Aviointeriors