Aerospace giant Airbus has unveiled its new “Airspace” cabin concept, focused squarely on the need to give more space to travelers, whether in business or economy class. That’s a breath of fresh air in an era where passengers have seen themselves forced into ever-tighter spaces with less and less free amenities. Enough of those 10-hour trips packed like sardines.
This new, futuristic cabin will be available to airlines seeking updated equipment, services and standing. It focuses on Airbus’s four “dimensions:” Comfort, Ambience, Service and Design.
Indeed, the cabins will provide 66 percent additional space in overhead compartments for business class passengers.
The ergonomic seats with added comfort and a simplified design are an inch (2.54 centimeters) wider in economy class, with unobstructed under-seat foot space.
The spacious restrooms feature an anti-bacterial surface and a diffuser. “When you climb aboard a plane, you will now be able to tell whether it’s an Airbus,” the aircraft maker says. A new olfactory delight perhaps?
LED cabin lighting provides up to 16 million color and brightness variations that each airline can customize for its travelers. The crew can simulate the lighting of different hours of the day, thus reducing jetlag during the flight.
And the concept also spells an end to those minuscule screens reserved for 10 rows of passengers at a time. Kiran Rao, executive vice president of strategy and marketing, spoke of a “fourth generation in-flight entertainment,” with hundreds of films available and new connectivity systems for each passenger.
The new cabin will also reduce aircraft noise by three decibels.
The first aircraft to be equipped with Airspace will be the A330neo starting in late 2017, followed by A380 planes. It has been incorporated in long-range A350 XWB jetliners.