Imagine... SRO From New York To Paris | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Airborne Unlimited-
Monday

Airborne-Unmanned w/AUVSI-
Tuesday

Airborne Unlimited-
Wednesday

AMA Drone Report-
Thursday

Airborne Unlimited-
Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne Unlimited--01.13.20

Airborne UnManned--
01.21.20

Airborne Unlimited--01.22.20

AMA Drone Report--01.23.20

Airborne Unlimited--01.24.20

Airborne-YouTube

Airborne Unlimited--01.13.20

Airborne UnManned--
01-21.20

Airborne Unlimited--01.22.20

AMA Drone Report--01.23.20

Airborne Unlimited--01.24.20

Tue, Apr 25, 2006

Imagine... SRO From New York To Paris

This Woulda Been A GREAT April 1st Story

The following is the kind of story that makes you immediately check the byline date to make sure it's not April Fools Day -- yup, that was almost four weeks ago (or 48 weeks in the future -- ANN already has some great ideas for next year's issue.)

But nope, this one seems for real. According to no less an authority than the New York Times, Airbus has been quietly looking into the idea of offering standing room only "seats" on its largest jets, in order to squeeze out the maximum amount of passenger-carrying capacity.

"To call it a seat would be misleading," Volker Mellert, a physics professor at Oldenburg University in Germany, told the Times.

From a purely financial perspective, the idea of using padded "backboards" equipped with harnesses to hold passengers firmly to their... vertical slabs... makes sense. Airlines have been subscribing to the "more passengers, less room" notion for awhile now.

By using newer seats with thinner seatbacks -- which should, theoretically, provide more legroom to current seating configurations -- to justify adding more rows instead, many airlines have been able to pack in the passengers like so many no-free-meal sardines.

But at least those were... you know, seats.

Airbus has reportedly pitched the idea to several Asian carriers, although none have agreed to the notion just yet. By utilizing the SRO option, an airline could reportedly offer the full 853-passenger configuration for Airbus's A380 superjumbo, while still offering three-class seating (the current maximum for the A380 is for all-coach-class seating).

An additional six "seats" could also be fitted to a typical Boeing 737, according to the Times, for a total of 156 -- and as many as 12 could be added on a Boeing 757 for a total of 200.

For their part, Airbus denies the rumor. "Our passengers and customers want more and more comfort," said Airbus spokeswoman Barbara Kracht. "We're going in the direction of more comfort, not in that direction."

True, passengers want greater comfort... but airlines want greater capacity, and it's not the passengers who buy jets.

Our bold prediction: look for the new "Meathook" class on some overseas carriers, at least, within the next few years.

FMI: www.airbus.com

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 01.22.20: SpaceX Abort Test, Airport Attack, Airbus Vahana

Also: Production Airlander 10, Rhode Island AirShow, Sinclair Av Training Ctr, Dream Chaser NASA and SpaceX completed a launch escape demonstration of the company's Crew Dragon spa>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 01.21.20: Apple Lobbyist, Camcopter S-100, Autel 8K Evo II

Also: Super Bowl LIV Restrictions, Electric Silent Falcon E1, Phantom Drone Returns, 2020 AUVSI XCELLENCE Apple has hired an attorney specializing in drone and aviation law to act >[...]

AMA Drone Report 01.16.20: Remote ID Opposition, DRL Tryouts, Karma Updated

Also: Super Bowl LIV Regs, Drone-Based Home Security, Unlawful Drone Ops, Red Cat Acquisition With the recent announcement of a Model Aircraft Political Action Committee and dozens>[...]

Airborne 01.22.20: SpaceX Abort Test, Airport Attack, Airbus Vahana

Also: Production Airlander 10, Rhode Island AirShow, Sinclair Av Training Ctr, Dream Chaser NASA and SpaceX completed a launch escape demonstration of the company's Crew Dragon spa>[...]

AMA Drone Report 01.23.20: DJI Phantom ReIntro, Autel Evo II, EAA v RID

Also: Drone Test Site Program, FoxFury D3060, Airbus eVTOL Vahana, Super Bowl TFR The DJI Phantom line of drones, considered by some to be the industry standard, vanished from stor>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2020 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC