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Travel Airbus Has a Radical Idea: Beds in the Cargo Hold

20:05  10 april  2018
20:05  10 april  2018 Source:   cntraveler.com

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Plane maker Airbus and aerospace design firm Zodiac have teamed up to develop flying bunk beds that airlines can install in the cargo holds of planes, putting a new spin on the idea of first-class travel.

Plane maker Airbus and aerospace design firm Zodiac have teamed up to develop flying bunk beds that airlines can install in the cargo holds of planes, putting a new spin on the idea of first-class travel.

a close up of a box© Courtesy Airbus

Plane maker Airbus and aerospace design firm Zodiac have teamed up to develop flying bunk beds that airlines can install in the cargo holds of planes, putting a new spin on the idea of first-class travel.

Now, rather than a lay-flat seat at the front of the plane, passengers may have the option to pick a bunk bed downstairs. Zodiac says the seats could be ready as early as 2020 for the Airbus A330 plane, a long-haul jet operated by airlines including Delta, Etihad, Qatar, and Turkish Airlines. A mock up from Airbus shows a pod hotel-like atmosphere, with two levels of bunks, fluffy white duvets, bookshelves, three-legged stools in seating areas, and both floor and ceiling ambient lighting.

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Plane maker Airbus and aerospace design firm Zodiac have teamed up to develop flying bunk beds that airlines can install in the cargo holds of planes, putting a new spin on the idea of first-class travel.

Plane maker Airbus and aerospace design firm Zodiac have teamed up to develop flying bunk beds that airlines can install in the cargo holds of planes, putting a new spin on the idea of first-class travel.

It’s not clear whether passengers will be able to upgrade to a bunk mid-flight or if they’d have to pre-reserve a space as you would a typical seat assignment. And since no airlines have yet announced that they’ll install the bunks, it’s hard to say how much they might cost. The CEO of Qantas, Alan Joyce, has hinted that his carrier is exploring the idea, Bloomberg reports, by introducing “a new four-class structure, with part of the cargo hold utilized for beds.”

What is clear is that airlines may swap the modules in and out depending on where a particular plane is headed. “The new passenger modules will be easily interchangeable with regular cargo containers during a typical turnaround,” Zodiac said in a statement, meaning the beds could be removed for short trips and installed for longer flights. With planes flying further and longer than ever before, this is one idea that seems right on time.

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