From fully reclineable economy class seats, through lie-flat business class seats to double beds in first class suites, passengers will soon be able to sleep in the cargo hold of aircraft while in flight.
Aircraft manufacturer, Airbus and Zodiac Aerospace yesterday entered into a partnership to develop and market lower-deck modules with passenger sleeping berths.
The modules, which would fit inside the aircraft's cargo compartments, will improve passengers experience while enabling airlines to differentiate and add value for their commercial operations.
The new passenger modules which look rather like modern hostels will be easily interchangeable with regular cargo containers during a typical turnaround if required.
According to the two parties, the aircraft's cargo floor and cargo loading system will not be affected at all, as the passenger module will sit directly on it.
"This approach to commercial air travel is a step change towards passenger comfort. We have already received very positive feedback from several airlines on our first mock-ups. We are pleased to partner with Zodiac Aerospace on this project which will introduce a new passenger experience and add value for airlines," said Geoff Pinner, Head of Airbus Cabin & Cargo Programme.
Airlines will initially be able to choose from a catalogue of certified solutions by 2020 on A330 for retrofit and line-fit markets. Offerability of this option on the A350 is also being studied.