(Source: Airbus/US Patent and Trademark Office )
Julian Bray, aviation expert comments: Packing them in like sardines, and there is a science to it ( you can try your hand at the Old Sardine Factory Museum in Stavanger, Norway on a preserved production line and using plastic sardines) may well apply to the future of 'zoo class' air travel, as increasing the number of air passengers in relative comfort is currently taxing aircraft interior designers. The latest series of patents filed by France based Airbus has caused a few eyebrows to be raised, but amazingly they are not the first.
A few months back a French aircraft seat manufacturer beat them as they filed a 'herring bone' style seat layout where the passengers were facing each other or alongside at shoulder level. The thinking being that legs outstretched physically require less room than the upper torso!
The latest filing by Airbus, a patent with the US Patent and Trademark office, features several possible designs, but in essence essentially seats are stacked on top of one another with a step access to the upper levels. Perhaps they should have saved some time and looked at the early post-war Southern Railway carriages in the UK, they introduced the concept of two levels ...
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