As we reported a few days ago, the current crisis in the aviation sectordue to the conjunction ofa strong recovery in traffic and a severe lack of staffpushes the airlines to take out of mothballs the one who was thought to be lost to the cause, the colossal A380 and its two decks.
The Airbus jumbo being doomed anyway, the solution can only be temporary. However, the ecological and economic challenges faced by airlines are pushing them to seek more sustainable solutions to make the impact of each trip less significant.
Waiting “clean” planes (which by the way will never quite be), one of the tracks is logical: to save money and fuel, you have to put more people in the same device, just like the A380.
Start-ups are therefore coming out of the woodwork with solutions seeking to optimally maximize the few cubic meters of modern aircraft cabins. This is particularly the case of Chaise Lounge Economy Seat, founded by Alejandro Núñez Vicente, to which Fast Company and CNN devote articles, and whose video below will present the concept to you more simply than our words.
The idea is simple. As there are double-decker buses, these double-decker vehicles typical of London, Chaise Lounge Economy Seat wants to invent “double-decker planes”, part of the seats of which – those in the central aisle – will pile passengers on top of each other. others to increase the total capacity of the machine.
The person sitting in the bottom seat will have the rare honor of benefiting from all the latitude to spread their legs, something rather rare in a modern plane, at least in economy class. Good luck on the other hand in case of claustrophobia: the seat located one row in front is only a few centimeters from his face.
The people in the top row are seated on normal seats, something made possible by the absence of boxes for storing luggage. Normal seats, or almost: because airplane cabins are not extendable, it will be impossible for them to get up.
The system has a few advantages: in addition to the legroom we were talking about, the seats are more fully reclining (125 degrees compared to 110 degrees generally), allowing for better sleep.
“The legroom has no equivalent”, assures Alejandro Núñez Vicente to Fast Company about these curious bottom seats. Speaking of the tight space between his face and the seat immediately in front, he admits that “it’s a little closer”. “But when you close your eyes and sleep, you don’t care. In my case, even if it’s a little more claustrophobic, I prefer the lower seats.”
Núñez Vicente insists that the choice remains possible for people suffering from claustrophobia, or 12.5% of the population, according to Fast Company: these cramped seats, but probably sold cheaper by the airlines, are in no way an obligation since planes manned by its system would also include rows of completely conventional seats.
“If you suffer from vertigo, you are not going to skydive. If you’re claustrophobic, you’re not going to choose the bottom seats. But if you have long legs, you should”unfolds the entrepreneur, who swears that many companies have shown interest in his solution.
None, for the moment, has nevertheless announced that it wishes to adapt its planes to the two floors invented by Chaise Lounge Economy Seat. It may just be a matter of time.