|by Michelle Baran||Airfares & Flying, Airlines, Innovations||10|
Airbus this week unveiled its version of what the cabin of the future might look like, complete with a renewal and relaxation area, virtual gaming options and seats that can adjust to passengers' body shape.
The concept cabin, part of the aircraft manufacturer's vision of aviation in 2050, would be able to "identify and respond to passenger needs and enables bespoke features such as morphing seats which change to your body shape," Airbus explained.
To create the concept cabin, Airbus suggests using a bionic bird bone structure that would facilitate an intelligent cabin wall membrane that could control air temperature and become transparent to give passengers open panoramic views (as seen in the photo above).
Additionally, the cabin would be separated into "personalized zones," which would replace the traditional cabin classes. For instance, a "vitalizing zone" would offer a wellbeing and relaxation experience with vitamin- and antioxidant-enriched air, mood lighting, aromatherapy and acupressure treatments.
An "interactive zone," would feature projections of everything from virtual gaming to virtual shopping experiences.
The idea, according to Airbus, is that by offering different levels of experience within each zone, airlines would be able to charge varying prices for varying flight experiences.
"Our research shows that passengers of 2050 will expect a seamless travel experience while also caring for the environment," said Charles Champion, Airbus' executive vice president of engineering.
In addition to the enhanced experiential features, the concept cabin would have self-cleaning materials made from sustainable plant fibers in order to reduce waste and maintenance. It would also harvest passenger body heat to power cabin features.
Last year, Airbus showcased its futuristic concept plane, which included technologies to reduce fuel burn, emissions, waste and noise.
What is your take on this futuristic cabin concept? Will it work? Why or why not?
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