Long trip? Airbus plans to let passengers sleep in the cargo hold

13 Abril, 2018, 06:32 | Author: Arnold Perez
  • A mock-up of Airbus Zodiac sleeper module

The various modules will be located in the cargo compartment under the main cabin of the A330.

Christophe Bernardini, Chief Executive Officer of Zodiac Aerospace Cabin Branch, said: 'We are delighted to work with Airbus on this new and innovative project, which reaffirms our expertise in lower-deck solutions. This will allow airlines to swap them in and out during a layover.

Geoff Pinner, head of Airbus Cabin and Cargo Programme said: "This approach to commercial air travel is a step change towards passenger comfort".

The new passenger modules will be easily interchangeable with regular cargo containers during a typical turnaround if required.

Carriers will be able to order new A330 jets fitted with the modules, or retrofit planes already in service.

Aircraft manufacturer Airbus revealed this week that it had been discussing the possibility with many airlines, but it hasn't confirmed which ones are interested.

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The bed modules will be initially offered on Airbus A330 widebody aircrafts in 2020, Bloomburg reported.

He said several airlines had been positive about the first mock-ups. They included a standard lounge with seating space and refreshments, a "kids and family zone" play area and a conference room with screens covering the walls.

Airbus is also considering introducing the new modules in its A350 XWB planes, which are now flown by airlines including Delta, Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines.

Designs for a children's area.

Due to safety regulations, the berths will only be available for some parts of a flight.

They plan to have the sleeping berths certified and available on aircraft from 2020. "The modules would not be occupied during takeoff or landing", Airbus spokesman Martin Fendt told USA Today.


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