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Monday, July 14, 2014

Pack'n Them In – New Airbus Seating Arrangement

This new patented seating scheme for packing in more passengers per plane by France's Airbus looks painful. Propping up obese Americans on a bicycle seat in the sky will be an interesting experiment in consumer behavior. This has to be used only for short duration flights, right?

New Airbus Aircraft bicycle seating patent
Airbus Operations, the aircraft manufacturer, has requested a patent for a bicycle-like seat to squeeze in more passengers per plane. (Airbus Operations)

references:
Hugo Martin / LA Times:
Airbus seeks patent for bicycle-like airline seat --
“In effect, to increase the number of cabin seats, the space allotted to each passenger must be reduced,” the patent application states. 
espacenet.com:
US Patent 2014/159444 -- Seating Device Comprising a Forward-Foldable Backrest


US Patent 2014/159444 - Seating Device - Forward-Foldable Backrest
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related:
USA Today:
Boeing to pack fliers tight on high-density 737 model
Already squeezed for space on many flights, economy class passengers may soon lose another two inches of legroom when the fly on no-frills airlines.

That comes after Boeing confirmed on Sunday that it's planning to offer a "modified" high-density version of its popular 737 that will seat up to 200 passengers -- 11 more than on the comparable current model of the 737. The high-density version of Boeing's 737 MAX 8 jet will be targeted to bare bones, low-cost carriers that want to squeeze as many customers as they can onto their flights...


And the The Wall Street Journal adds fliers "should expect less legroom as a result, as each seat will be spaced 29 inches apart, about 2 inches less than current economy seating."...

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