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New 'Flex Economy' Seat Design Submitted For Airline Consideration

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New 'Flex Economy' Seat Design Submitted For Airline Consideration

A design team has submitted an idea, which they think will change the way we fly forever.

The 'Flex Economy' style design, concocted by the Heinkel Group, has been entered into to the Crystal Cabin Award 2020.

Imagine jumping on a 14-hour flight from Sydney to Los Angeles and you end up in one of these configurations.

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Doing long-haul flights can be painful when all you have to look at is the back of a chair; but imagine the only entertainment being the face of someone sitting eerily close to you.

Admittedly, the Heinkel Group had families and groups of friends in mind when creating the design. However, you could end up as the fourth wheel to a family of three if this was ever adopted by an airline.

The company posted their idea to Facebook, writing: "Heinkel Group presents the Flex Lounge, a new concept to have a flexible configuration for seat rows in the Economy Class for the Long Haul Flights.

"Our concept, the Flex Lounge, gives the opportunity to book the first two seat rows and make it your own private little area. Your time together starts after take-off!

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Credit: PA
Credit: PA

"The Flex Lounge allows families and groups of friends to have an affordable privacy space during flights.

"The backrest of the first seat row can easily be moved by the flight attendants to create a communal space for a group of four people. If not booked, the seat row can be used in the standard configuration without any loss of cost for the airline."

In good news for the company, the design has made it to the award's shortlist.

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Some people have reacted in horror to the idea, whereas others reckon it could be pretty cool to enjoy a flight with your mates like you do on the train.

Say what you want about this design, but we can all agree that another idea from an Italian company was straight up torture.

Credit: Aviointeriors
Credit: Aviointeriors

Designers at Aviointeriors have released their prototype of 'standing seats', which look similar to some rollercoaster rides.

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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.

Maybe it could be used as a class below Economy?

Featured Image Credit: Heinkel Group/Facebook

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Stewart Perrie
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