Aircraft seat designers have long dreamed of innovative economy cabin concepts, hoping to find the ideal balance between carrying as many passengers as possible and maintaining a relatively pleasant experience for travelers.
Although the upright seats of aircraft that have been floating in recent years have yet to see the light of day, after the pandemic, the overhaul of aircraft seats that seemed to occur last year has never really been done. airplane cockpit.
The Crystal Cabin Awards always pay attention to the latest updates and innovations, and are known for paying attention to the latest trends in aircraft interiors. After the pandemic postponed the announcement of the 2020 winners, this year’s Crystal Cabin Awards have reduced its usual eight categories into two key awards to recognize the current state of aviation: the judges’ category choice and the Clean and Safe Air Travel award. From stretching their legs at the bottom of the multi-tiered economy class to huddling in a compartment with a wiretapping locker, the nominee will get a glimpse of the potential future of flying.
One of the most fascinating concepts in the short list chosen by the judges is the chaise longue economy seat project, which envisions a two-story cockpit, with each row alternating between floor seats and elevated seats within a few feet of the floor.
The design is attributed to 21-year-old student Alejandro Núñez Vicente, who is from Spain but studied at the University of Delft in the Netherlands. Núñez Vicente told CNN Travel that his experience of economic travel in Europe inspired this idea to a certain extent.
Fed up with lack of legroom, and he realized that raising the front seat could solve this problem. Its design eliminates the upper luggage compartment, leaving more cabin space for higher-level seats. Instead, the luggage is stored in a compartment under the seat.
Núñez Vicente believes that this design can work well on the Flying-V aircraft currently being developed by TU Delft, but said it can also work on Boeing 747, Airbus A330 or Implementation on any other medium to large size aircraft.
Núñez Vicente said he accepted the idea that the Flying-V project team was already discussing and brought his own ideas to the table. The ‘s goal is to create a multi-level cabin experience that provides an engaging experience for passengers seated on two floors.
“The advantage of the lower row is that passengers can enjoy the experience of being on the sofa by stretching their legs, while the upper row has the experience of an SUV. For example, it can extend the legs due to the greater space legs and overall living space. ” Núñez Vicente said.
The seat design also provides more tilt angles, as well as an adjustable backrest and an expandable neck cushion, providing a higher degree of comfort. : “The current economy class is usually limited to a single or slightly inclined posture, which prevents users from having a comfortable and relaxing flight experience,” said Núñez Vicente.