An Italian seat manufacturer has come up with a new design that could see passengers practically standing on flights.
The prototype, called the Skyrider 3.0, was unveiled at this year’s Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany, by Aviointeriors. The seats resemble a bicycle-like design rather than a traditional chair and are designed to be used solely on short-haul routes.
According to the manufacturer, the compact design would enable airlines to increase passenger numbers by 20 per cent, which could make flights a lot cheaper.
However, instead of the usual 71 centimetres of leg room, this shrinks to just 59cm. It also weighs 50 per cent less than economy class seats, which makes it cheaper and easier to maintain.
It’s the Alyssa Edwards of the show, and back-back-back again — the #Aviointeriors #Skyrider “saddle seat” is on the #AIX19 floor, now with its new support structure. Avio is once again asking the question about whether this could have a spot in ultra-shorthaul #PaxEx #avgeek. pic.twitter.com/QZKJz0wxs9
— John Walton 🏳️🌈 ✈️ 💺 (@thatjohn) April 2, 2019
The design was first proposed back in 2010, and then again in 2018. However, one major difference is that the new version doesn’t include a pole between the seats to connect them to the floor and ceiling, as the previous prototype did, and a coat hook has been added.
“The Skyrider sitting surface is higher than a standard seat. This height, in conjunction with other features, allows to place rows of Skyrider at an installation pitch of 23′ with an acceptable comfort for the passenger,” the company said in a statement, according to The New Zealand Herald.
‘While a standard economy seat ensures the maximum capacity only in all economy class arrangement, the above characteristics permit to fill the aircraft cabin with the maximum allowed number of passengers (per type certificate) in a multi-class configurations