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(CNN) – You probably don’t know that most airplanes today go back to 1954.
That was when Boeing first flew the prototype leading to the jet age 707.
As Boeing developed its aircraft family, it also used important components such as fuselage, while also developing new wings and engines.
For example, the 727 is a 707 but with rear engineers. The 737 – made today – was the 707 but with two engines instead of four.
The 707’s seats, arranged with six in each row in “sightseeing” or “train,” as the economy calls it, were very good for 1954, but that was almost 70 years ago.
You probably didn’t know many people in 1954, but if you do, use most of their longevity and compare their size and height to that of an 18 -year -old. well fed.
All things being equal, you may find that there are a lot more people these days – taller, with wider shoulders and wider hips.
But the Boeing 737 – which has a fuselage width of 148 inches (3.76 meters), compared to the 707 – still seats six people in each row.
It’s no surprise that today’s aircraft are more sophisticated, such as the spacious Airbus A320s, which offers an 18 ′ ′ seat, or the A220 (designed by Bombardier as similar to the C Series), which giving 19 “.
Above: A Boeing 707, the aircraft manufacturer’s first pilot. Below: A Boeing 737-800 in Hanover, Germany, in 2013.
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But what if there are more than one of these same aircraft? That’s a question that interior aviation consultant LIFT Aero Design is asking with a concept called Paradym.
Director Daniel Baron and co -founder Aaron Yong are re -opening that Paradym really needs a new paradigm: spacecraft.
“Paradym is a planning idea for the next generation of single-aisle aircraft,” Baron told CNN.
“It uses a high level of comfort in the economy class with the use of spacious triple seats. What is very different is the idea of a new single-aisle plane that is more spacious than the families 737 or today’s A320.
“Each row in the Paradym will have three wide seats, with 20 inches between the armrests up from the current 17-18. Each row will have two arms between the seats. instead of one. “
The idea will allow airlines to convert these three seats to provide different levels of service as demanded, with economic and other benefits. There is a lie-flat option.
Changing travel needs
LIFT is asking the question at a critical time, namely for the narrow single-haul aircraft that makes up the majority of the world’s short-to-medium-haul fleets, and a small but growing number. measurement of his long -term services.
Boeing extended the 1960 Boeing 737 aircraft to reach the 737 MAX. Airbus is going that route with the A320neo evolution of the 1980s ’A320. Combine that with the opportunities for hydrogen power, and it looks like the two aircraft manufacturers will need to build a state -of -the -art aircraft for their future fleet.
Now is the time to talk about making that aircraft possible.
“The simple truth is that in an age of rising airplanes, permanent home-from-home and changing the future metaverse, airplanes need to re-create themselves to stay afloat. right, ”Baron said.
“The space in the long-haul economy is shrinking due to the allocation of places to premium classes for luxury accommodation… Long-haul travel is attractive, even better with ultra long-haul trips than this. time is 16-20 hours. “
The idea of LIFT Aero Design is that aircraft can change the interior of the aircraft as required. But first, aircraft manufacturers will start making space planes.
LIFT Aero Design
Covid-19 has also changed the way many people perceive their own “anger” in the air, as there is an increase in noise on board from non-passengers. about the fact that the seating rows are, in general, inches. They are more connected to each other than in previous years, and there are more seats in each row.
When the Boeing 777 first started flying in the 1990s, almost all major airlines had nine economy seats in each row. Today, they are nearly 10. When Boeing launched the 787 Dreamliner in 2000, it announced a comfortable eight-abreast seat and a nine-abreast option for carriers. low cost – but in fact, Japan Airlines only took in the eighth. – residence.
From the point of view of the airline accountant, this is reasonable. The wisdom that the airline industry has – and the constant popularity of low -cost carriers – is that it manages to get the most out of the low ticket prices, and the fewer people who choose their own. jump on other things than price and time frame.
‘A house with no protection and no dividers’
Airlines, Baron explains, “has the best economic programs to fix costs, but at the end of the day, it can’t physically adjust seats on multi-class airlines to meet the requirements. sharply-fluctuating. ”
Some have tried, as in the case of the converted seating previously used by some European carriers to create a spacious bed for their central Eurobusiness-style seating, but it has now been opened.
“Moving forward,” says Baron, “for planes the key to sustainable revenue is the ability to shift the overall perception to the needs of the consumer.”
These things can change for the same thing between trips: the rights of a road warrior are different if he travels only one hour a day to Omaha with his family flying eight hours a day. night in Europe for a vacation.
“We’re seeing how the product is opening up,” said Aaron Yong of LIFT, referring to the aircraft that are selling mini-upgrade products such as additional legroom seats, better food, access to the living room, more luggage, and so on.
“Paradym is an innovative idea for the next generation of single aisle aircraft,” said LIFT director Daniel Baron.
LIFT Aero Design
“In the future, there will be an increase in demand for simplicity of residential product and inflight service options. In this regard, the main benefit of Paradym for aircraft is the ability to sell aircraft. many products with a single seat model in the aircraft.book some information provided by the aircraft, with the aircraft being able to continue to increase revenue for the flight, using in each row on the plane, until departure. “
“Paradym envisions an office with no curtains or dividers,” explains Yong, comparing the three seating arrangements to pieces of four seats, or quads.
“The concept of traditional classes is changed by products. The airline can sell every line from nose to tail as an economic, economic and / or a flat lie product that is also, the customer buys three seats and gets a spacious sleeping area close to the length. It is a long quad. It can be combined with premium dining, IFE and amenities and sold as a ‘ premium economic flat ‘, a new type of product. “
It’s probably not for the famous names with their solid logos and famous logos: Delta One, United Polaris, British Airways Club World, and so on.
But new aircraft are starting all the time, and the old watchdog often finds that real benefits can be gained in the way the new crowd operates.
Is that enough, for the Paradym change?
Top image: LIFT Aero Design’s Paradym concept. Yes: LIFT Aero Design