Are these Cargo Cabins the Future of Air Travel?

New Airbus Cabin

This week, we wrote about a bus traveling between Los Angeles and San Francisco that has privacy bunks, and this concept (most broadly instituted aboard trains), may be coming to the sky.

The announcement comes from Airbus together with Zodiac Aerospace Cabin Branch who said that carriers will soon be allowed to order their A330 aircrafts by 2020 with fully equipped sleeper berths. The twin-sized beds would be located in the cargo hold of aircrafts.

The new passenger modules would also be easily interchangeable with regular cargo containers during a typical turnaround if required. Moreover, the aircraft’s cargo floor and cargo loading system will not be affected at all, as the passenger module will sit directly on it.

Christophe Bernardini, Chief Executive Officer of Zodiac Aerospace Cabin Branch said: “We are delighted to work with Airbus on this new and innovative project, which reaffirms our expertise in lower-deck solutions. An improved passenger experience is today a key element of differentiation for airlines.”

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