Airbus Is Turning Airplane Cargo Holds Into Passenger Dormitories
Aiming to give passengers better rest on long-haul flights, the bunk-style beds in the plane's cargo holds will be available to fliers for an extra charge
European airplane manufacturer Airbus is partnering with French company Zodiac Aerospace to develop sleeping quarters for passengers in the cargo holds of A330 jets. The dormitories, called “passenger modules,” can easily be moved in and out of planes as necessary, and are specifically intended to allow travelers to rest better on lengthy flights. Similar to perks like extra legroom, access to the modules will be offered as an add-on to an individual plane ticket, though the exact price has not been determined yet.
In addition to built-in bunk bed accommodations that are arranged along a corridor, initial designs also show roomier family-style areas, conference spaces and healthcare wings. While the current mock-ups don’t include any windows, Airbus is considering the possibility of incorporating high-definition display screens that mimic the effect. The modules are expected to be ready for airline use by 2020, and can be ordered as part of new aircraft or added to existing planes.
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