Does the idea of a see-through plane with panoramic windows, powered by the heat of passengers’ bodies sound too far-fetched? The almost sci-fi style planes might not be far off, as Airbus revealed this week when it unveiled plans for its Airbus of 2050, prior to the Paris Air Show.
Airbus believes its radical new Concept Cabin could become reality by 2050. It’s not good news if you have a fear of flying, though, as the new planes would resemble light-filled “greenhouses” with skylight ceilings and big windows looking out at the clouds and the scenery below.
Other futuristic features could include:
– Dispensing with first, business and economy classes, in favour of new personalised “zones” offering tailored travel experiences. Such as an “interactive zone” with pop-up projections to transport passengers to whatever social scene they wished to be in, from holographic gaming to virtual changing rooms for shoppers, or a “vitalising zone” where travellers would breathe in vitamin and antioxidant-enriched air, relax with mood lighting, aromatherapy and acupressure treatments while soaking up the views of the world around them.
– A 100% recyclable cabin of the future, using self-cleaning materials from sustainable plant fibres to reduce waste and maintenance that would also harvest body heat to power cabin features.
– Sitting comfortably? You will be if Airbus follows through with its plans for special “morphing” seats that will adapt to meet your own body shape.
– And there are plans for a bionic structure that mimics bird bone, optimised to provide extra strength where needed.
– Parents might even be able to read bedtime stories to their children back home, thanks to intelligent technology.
Airbus says that by offering different levels of experience within each zone, airlines would be able to achieve price differentials and give more people access to the benefits of air travel.
If this all sounds too out of this world compared to your last no-frills flight to Malaga, this wonder-craft may well be the flying style of the future.
Airbus engineering executive vice president Charles Champion says, “Our research shows that passengers in 2050 will expect a seamless travel experience while also caring for the environment. The concept cabin is designed with that in mind, and shows that the journey can be as much a voyage of discovery as the destination.”
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