New Plane Makes Room For Your Carry-Ons and iPads
By Connie Wu
Tired of fighting for overhead bin space or being forced to check your carry-ons? A new plane design by PriestmanGoode, a London-based design firm, has the solution. In their recent work for Brazil's Embraer Air, the firm developed a solution that creates enough bin space for each passenger to store a carry-on bag. Not just a duffel or purse either -- a full-on roll-aboard bag fits easily.
So where did they find all this extra space? PriestmanGoode focused on shrinking the gigantic personal service units (or PSUs) that are standard fare on most planes. PSUs are the panels shared by each row of seats with the controls for the air nozzles, reading lights, and call buttons as well as the fasten seatbelt signs and oxygen masks. Giving each seat its own smaller PSU with a hi-tech makeover opens up 40 percent more bin space.
The redesign also amped up some other aspects of the cabin, keeping in mind the growing expedience of technology. Instead of installing TV screens in the back of each seat, the Embraer planes will have braces for passengers to attach their own tablets.
"Looking at the current passenger and how they bring on their own device, it is apparent that a place to hold your tablet is more important than giving the passenger a screen," design director Paul Priestman told Wired. "Additionally, this allows airlines not to be restricted as technology develops and moves on so quickly."
For finishing touches, PriestmanGoode made sure to use top notch material, reminiscent of a modern high class hotel room, for the cabin lavatories and galley. The seating is also designed for maximum space per passenger in a modular way for ease of rearrangement.
The only bad news from this announcement is that we won't be seeing these fabulous new planes until 2018. Until then, we can hope that other airlines catch on!
Check out all the cool new perks of the Embraer planes in the video below: