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