The craziest cabin configuration you’ll see this year


Maybe we’ve all become too complacent thinking about aircraft interior configurations. Rows of identical seats are fine, I suppose, but they lack a certain sense of imagination or inspiration. What fun is that?

Some folks in Germany are looking to change the experience, and the changes would be quite significant if the concept they’ve put into their promo video ever becomes reality. Think double-decker seating on a narrow-body plane (they use the Airbus A320 as a base). With automated baggage storage bins. And all sorts of other crazy stuff.

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I’m not sure how checked baggage and other W&B issues would work in such a configuration, among a host of other potential issues. But it is definitely a cool concept. And absolutely crazy.

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Seth Miller

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6 Comments

  1. Granted I don’t have the specifications in front of me, but 6’3″ me cringes at the thought of sitting on the lower level of an A320 with a ceiling that is flat like the one in the rendering.

    Also, doesn’t seem like there’d be much room for cargo with a double-decker configuration like that, and that seems to be a pretty good revenue stream for many airlines.

    Having said that, I’m all for innovative ideas if they enhance the travel experience!

  2. It certainly a high production value video, so it sounds for real. I think it’s designed for short haul, so assume not much baggage. I think they deal with baggage that cannot fit under the seat in front of you with those rotating lockers in the boarding area.

    For short-haul, which many intra-European flights are, it’s possible this could work. I’m thinking Ryan and Easy.

  3. If you want to see real nutty stuff you should visit the aicraft interiors show in Hamburg. Like carshows, the concepts never make it, but some components do!

  4. I like the idea of having some double-wide bench seats for larger passengers or 2 people traveling together. Sell it as a single-unit large seat for 1 or 2 pax so you’re never forced to be intimate with a stranger but you can be with your chosen partner. And share one larger TV screen. I’d happily pay double for it. Cozy.

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