Upright Airplane Seating Maximizes Space, Reduces Prices – But Will Travelers Buy It?

Upright Airplane Seating Maximizes Space, Reduces Prices – But Will Travelers Buy It?
Design

Economy class could be getting a lot more intimate with the release of seats that increase cabin capacity by reducing leg room even further

Rachel Gonzalez
  • 25 april 2018

Skyrider 2.0, a new airplane seat design presented at the Aircraft Interiors Expo, will have economy passengers sitting so upright they will basically be standing. While it is not yet known if any airline has bought the design, research shows that the Skyrider 2.0 would increase cabin capacity by 20% through reducing legroom to 23 inches.

Created by Italian manufacturer Aviointeriors, this seat is an improved version of a 2010 model that failed to receive approval from the Us Federal Aviation Administration. Compared to its predecessor, the Skyrider 2.0 has more padding, firmer mountings, a saddle-style seat and floor-to-ceiling fittings while still providing “adequate comfort” for the passenger.

In addition to allowing for the industry titled ‘ultra-high density’ formation, the Skyrider 2.0 also weighs about 50% less than a standard seat and boasts minimum maintenance costs. The Skyrider 2.0 is advertised to be the “new frontier of low cost tickets” by Aviointeriors’ website by “offering a possibility to fly to whom today cannot afford it.” This marks an interesting move to further economize quarters that are already quite close, and how airlines will assess the cost-benefit analysis remains to be seen.

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Skyrider 2.0, a new airplane seat design presented at the Aircraft Interiors Expo, will have economy passengers sitting so upright they will basically be standing. While it is not yet known if any airline has bought the design, research shows that the Skyrider 2.0 would increase cabin capacity by 20% through reducing legroom to 23 inches.

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