The European aircraft giant is partnering with Zodiac Aerospace to develop new modules for its planes, with a focus on passenger comfort.
Passengers flying on Airbus will soon be able to enjoy well-deserved naps on fully-flat bunk beds — minus the hefty first- or business-class fares.
But there’s a catch: These beds are in the aircraft’s cargo compartment and will likely be compact in size.
Announced on Tuesday, the European aircraft giant will be partnering with Zodiac Aerospace to develop and market lower deck sleeping facilities that could be operational in A330 wide-body jets by 2020.
According to a joint statement with Zodiac (a subsidiary of French aerospace company Safran), Airbus said that the beds “would fit inside the aircraft’s cargo compartments” and that the sleep modules “will be easily interchangeable with regular cargo containers.”
Other than sleep modules, they also unveiled module plans that include a children’s play area complete with a playground slide, a bar/lounge, a conference room, and even a hospital infirmary.
These modules are expected to be available by 2020 on its A330 family of wide-body jets, with the possibility of installation on its new A350XWB airliners.
Airbus’ cabin and cargo program head, Geoff Pinner added: “This approach to commercial air travel is a step change towards passenger comfort.”
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