Economy class to become cattle box April 15, 2007Posted by dorigo in news, travel.
Premium Aircraft Interiors Group, a british society designing aircraft interiors since 1933, will present in Hamburg this week a project to add one seat per row to economy class cabins of the new Boeing B747 and similar carriers.
The idea, which is sold as a innovation creating space from void, appears to be that of alternating forward-facing seats with backward-facing ones. This way, the arm rest space can be significantly reduced – human bodies need more space for their shoulders than they do for knees and forearms – and the amount of transversal space saved is enough to create one more column of seats. Rather than a 3-4-3 configuration, a 3-5-3 one is possible. See the sketch on the left, which I stole from a description in the site of Corriere della Sera .
What can I say… I am happy I will fly much less in the future (my involvement in the experiment at Fermilab is coming to an end in the next couple of years). I think Universities and research institutions should start to reconsider their policy of forcing their personnel to travel Economy class: a 9-hour flight in a cattle carrier is a significant source of stress, and people would start to avoid short trips and favor longer ones.