Air travel isn’t the most comfortable experience at the best of times, especially if you’re in economy class, but one UK-based aviation company may have a solution that could change the travel game forever.
AIM Altitude has come up with a new concept for airline cabins, which it says aims to make long-haul flights “enjoyable and desirable”. The innovative concept was launched at the Airline Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany, last week.
Known as Ultraflex, the futuristic cabin features a number of flexible social spaces which could be dedicated to dining, wellness, exercise, work and entertainment.
New concept for social spaces on ultra long-haul aircraft from @AIMAltitude. AIM has created a “conversational starting point”, with flexible zones that could be dedicated to dining, wellness, exercise, work and entertainment. More: https://t.co/nhBqCkU9sm #PaxEx #AIX19 #AIX2019 pic.twitter.com/3XzYkj4JO3
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For example, the design offers a space where people can wine and dine in a private booth, or stretch their legs with an hour of yoga. There’s also a deli galley laid out like a grocery store, with glazed units displaying items, and a pop-up bar for live sporting events.
“Ultraflex is a project that we’ve been working on for about 10 months,” Ross Burns, lead industrial designer for AIM Altitude, told CNN.
“At some point you’re going to want to get up stretch your legs, put life back into your legs — but it’s really a destination, a new destination to go to — rather than sitting in your seat for anything from 12-20 hours.”
@AIMAltitude are proudly one of three finalists in the Crystal Cabin Awards 2019. We are very excited our ULTRAFLEX concept has made it to the finals. The mock up will be on display at #AIX2019 Stand 7B01 pic.twitter.com/MO6nJGtrh6
— AIM Altitude (@AIMAltitude) February 27, 2019