Conflicting half-standing seats in low-cost airlines-an inevitability?
At the Paris air show, the Italian design company Avio Interiors presented not just the third generation of Skyrider seats, but made an offer to low-cost airlines that will be extremely difficult for them to refuse…
Now the topic of discussion is no longer the semi-upright seats themselves, but the benefits of using the new concept. It has received the catchy name “ultra-economy class” and represents an unprecedented attempt to squeeze a little more money from the same finite resource base that is now available.
Talk about Skyrider seats has been going on for the ninth year in a row.But even such a cynical and outspoken top Manager as the head of Ryanair, Michael O’leary, only praises them and scatters promises, but is in no hurry to introduce a new product at home. Although, it would seem, the benefit is obvious – in the third modification, the seat system guarantees a 20% increase in passenger seats. For example, a typical Boeing 737 Ryanair after a simple upgrade could take on Board 227 people instead of the current 189. Slightly more fuel costs, but plus 40 tickets sold!
The seat system guarantees a 20% increase in passenger seats
That is, if the price of a London-Alicante ticket is about 80 euros, we get a profit increase of about 3000 euros. From every flight! And the passengers will probably not be difficult to stand for a couple of hours. Actually, this is the calculation, the Skyrider 3.0 version assumes the implementation of the ideal capitalist scheme of the” multi-class configuration ” of the passenger compartment. This is when each unit of the vehicle carries both those who can pay for a normal seat, and those who just allowed themselves a ticket, and in addition those who just want to get to the goal – in any conditions.
An idea, just an idea, is far from insane. The same Michael O’leary when describing the essence of short routine flights of low-cost airlines compared planes to buses, and semi-standing places called “bar stools with seat belts”. Do people travel from the suburbs to the capital every day in crowded trains, and not just standing, but with a heavy bag in one hand, the other painfully trying to hold on to the handrail? That’s right, it all comes down to money – if tickets for such seats are half the price of economy class, passengers themselves will require airlines to rebuild all the planes.
These places will be half the price of economy class
So why has Avio Interiors been unable to find customers for so many years, and even the third version of Skyrider has not yet been coveted? The first and main stumbling block was aviation security requirements. A standing person is much more difficult to fix securely, but without discomfort, in place than sitting in a deep chair. He can’t take a defensive position, and automatically becomes a target for objects flying through the cabin. We will have to alter the system of falling oxygen masks, because the head is now at a different height. She does not understand where-while people are sitting, they are more or less equal, and different growth of standing people will immediately create a lot of problems.
That’s why the designers moved from standing places to semi-sitting ones. A powerful rack with belts has a symbolic width of the seat – you can not sit on it, but you can correctly position the body relative to the Central axis of your passenger seat. The leg space has decreased from 75 cm to 50 cm and the entire flight the legs are in a half-bent position, in fact, do not relax. But fixing a person to a chair, as required by the rules of transportation, is reliable. This is why it clearly resembles a torture rack, in which none of the journalists could voluntarily spend more than 10 minutes.
Designers moved from standing places to semi-sitting ones
Recent trends in the design of infantry fighting vehicles and various landing vehicles indicate the urgent need to increase the space allocated for one soldier. This is not a whim of the fathers-commanders, but the requirements of the XXI century – people in their mass have become larger, thicker and heavier. The same is true for passengers on civilian planes, but the problem is that people have become even poorer, and they are forced to save money, including travel expenses. Therefore, it is possible that low-cost airlines will actually try to introduce cheap semi-standing seats in order to attract more passengers. And how they will endure in such chairs is their personal problem.