The aviation company is taking a new, more flexible approach to cabin design

Airlines take the better part of a decade to update their cabins. This is because they have to ensure many of their planes are outfitted with the changes and that these are changes customers will benefit from. On Dec 13, 2016, Airbus unveiled modular plane pods, their solution to airlines customizing their flights to best suit travelers of any variety.

These pods can differ from a bar, a play area for children, an additional resting section, a coffee shop or a lounge for socializing. Whichever best suits the customers about to board, the pods will accommodate. Unlike needing a new plane for travelers, the pods get replaced within hours of landing by removing them and placing in a new one. Airlines can change their configuration based on when the flight is scheduled, where they’re headed or the customers flying.

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