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Future Airline Seating Plan

When I first saw this, I was horrified. As I read the article on AOL News and discovered that it is for short-length commuter planes, it made sense. No overhead bins, seating like on the metro or a bus . . . is this the wave of the future?

I don’t see any seat belts – I am guessing that seat belts would be a must – and I can’t imagine sitting for an hour in the middle, with no seat back.

Can the seating arrangement in an airplane lead to more affordable fares? Apparently, the answer is yes. A new aircraft seating design is being developed in the UK for just that reason.


According to a September 22 report by the Telegraph, the new arrangement has been developed specifically for budget airlines offering short flights. The article states that the design “could lead to a 50 per cent increase in the number of passengers on board with a saving of up to a third per seat,” according to the UK-based developer, Design Q.

The design features flip-up benches and face-to-face seating that call to mind the inside of a train car.
Design Q said that the configuration is “loosely based on the way some soldiers travel to battle zones,” according to the Telegraph. In the article, the company also pointed out the design is aimed for short-term flights where passengers are not as concerned about comfort.

The director of Design Q, Howard Guy, told the Telegraph that one advantage of the design is that passengers will be able to exit quickly once the plane lands. Furthermore, the exclusion of bulky seats makes the plane lighter and as a result more fuel efficient.

On September 22, The Daily Express quoted Guy as saying, “[i]t is like taking the idea of traditional transport like a train or bus and asking: ‘Why can’t we do this on a plane?'”

The article also notes that the planes would be able to carry up to 10 per cent more passengers, so long as safety approval is granted.

September 24, 2009 - Posted by | Customer Service, Financial Issues, Health Issues, Living Conditions, News, Safety, Travel


  1. I saw this article too! I think the seats in the middle have seat backs though, it’s hard to see in the picture.

    Comment by Q8Dutchie | September 24, 2009 | Reply

  2. interesting. It looks like these seats actually offer more room for passengers than many current configurations, but … I don’t remember every before hearing soldier transport described in a positive way :D.

    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | September 24, 2009 | Reply

  3. You know, Q8Dutchie, I think you are right; I think it is the angle that makes it look like there are no backs. After reading your comment, I looked again . . .

    LLOOOLL! I have actually flown troop transport several times, starting when I was a college student heading back home and they would pop a group of us on Space A to get to Frankfurt or Rota or Ougadougou . . It was more like continueous sturdy netting, and if you weren’t crowded in, you could sprawl a little and sleep just fine. In troop transports, they also issue earplugs, because they are not sound insulated.

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 24, 2009 | Reply

  4. This design is another rendition of the the concept of a flying coffin .

    I like the description of “the passengers will be able to exit the airplane quickly once it lands” ,it is more like bolting for dear life after a horrific flight in such a mad tube .

    If the Boeing 787 is called the “Dreamliner” this plane undoubtedly earned the designation or if you wish the indignation of the “Nightmarer”

    Comment by daggero | September 24, 2009 | Reply

  5. Did you also see the new concept for a plane with double decker recliner seats – the upper ones reached via a tiny ladder?? Saving space by piling people literally one on top of the other will apparently allow more people to recline further. How anyone over a certain age is expected to clamber to the upper level is a mystery!

    Comment by Kate Carey | September 24, 2009 | Reply

  6. yeah I’d rather pay more than to go on one of those planes. If that’s their way of saving then God knows what else they’re going to save on. Safety comes first!

    Comment by Yousef | September 25, 2009 | Reply

  7. Daggero – It is a nightmare, isn’t it? The only good thing is that it might get you from Atlanta to Pensacola cheaper and faster, but not so much comfort.

    Kate – double decker? No! No! No, I didn’t see that! LLOOLL, crawling up a ladder to get the the recliner seats.

    Yousef – did you notice they didn’t show any seat belts??? Like I think they are mandated, but they are not in the photo!

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 25, 2009 | Reply

  8. It may be good for the airline companies but imagine aged travelers having to sit in those uncomfortable seats and plus the G-forces would be too much to handle during take off if there’s no seat back.

    Comment by Mathai | September 25, 2009 | Reply

  9. I am guessing that this is a concept, and that the implementation will consider more of the realities, I sure hope so!

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 25, 2009 | Reply

  10. An outstanding share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a
    co-worker who has been doing a little research on this.
    And he actually ordered me dinner simply because I stumbled upon it for
    him… lol. So let me reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!!
    But yeah, thanks for spending the time to discuss this matter here on your
    internet site.

    Comment by | August 4, 2014 | Reply

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