Skyrider ‘saddle’ seat: now in model 2.0

You may keep in mind the shock and alarm over Aviointerior’s Skyrider seat, which anticipated packing more passengers onto airplanes via offering an abbreviated seat that become greater like a saddle.

The early model become never licensed or taken very critically, however the employer is not giving up.

At this week’s Aircraft Interiors Expo taking region in Hamburg, Germany, Aviointeriors is showing the Skyrider, that's a piece more strong and padded version of the orginal saddle seat, with poles securing the seat to the floor and to the ceiling of the cabin (to improve saftey) and the pitch the equal claustrophic 23 inches as earlier than.

The enterprise rep who confirmed me the seat said this model should be able to get certified for airways and that these saddle-seats are without a doubt designed for brief haul flights and for charge-factors “that make journey possible for folks that would never otherwise be able to fly.”

The Skyrider seats aren’t shown everywhere at the Aviointeriors internet site. Instead, customers are directed to ‘actual’ products with Italian-stimulated names which include Columbus (a line of economic system cabin seats), Galileo (business magnificence seats) and Mona Lisa (first magnificence.)


Passenger-pleasant innovations in skies now – and at the horizon

(Airbus_A320 Family Airspace indoors. Courtesy Airbus)

For CNBC this week, I put together some of the maximum passenger-friendly, or uncommon, finalists vying for this 12 months’s Crystal Cabin Awards, that are set to be announced April 10 and often described as “the Oscars of the aviation enterprise.”

One of the more unusual and intriuging thoughts at the list is something known as a ‘Durinal,’ by way of Zodia Aerospace.



You understand how it's far: after food and just earlier than landing, toilet lines get long and the lav-to-passenger ratio within the economic system cabin on airplanes simply appears wrong. Worse, while lavs get busy, there’s that moist ground problem that comes courtesy of the male ‘splash sector.’

The Durinal is designed to clear up both troubles by means of replacing one normal bathroom with two urinals. Durinal creator Zodiac Aerospace says installing the bathrooms on planes can enhance lavatory “cycle time” and cut down on male use of the conventional lavatories, “Thus leaving them more hygienic for the girls.”




On flights that aren’t full, Zodiac Aerospace’s new Eco Zlounge concept makes it possible for passengers to stretch out with a mechanism that permits the cushion part of the seat in front of a passenger to fold down, developing greater leg room.

No doubt the greater space will come with a further cost, but on lengthy flights passengers may be willing to pay that cost.

See more finalists in my CNBC story, right here.

On United: new domestic 1st magnificence seats

On Wednesday, United Airlines showed off the brand new seats so as to soon be showing up in the first elegance cabin of the Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft the provider uses on home routes.

United's new First Class seat to be installed on the carrier's entire Airbus fleet_photo

The new leather-based seats are a bit wider than the cutting-edge seats and have a few quality new capabilities, including conventional AC strength plugs, extra places to shop your things, a wider center console that consists of a space for water bottles, and a larger, greater classy-searching, expandable drink desk among the seats.

united armrest

The excellent component, even though, is the tray table. Larger and sturdier than previous variations, this one draws on a number of the patents held by way of Smart Tray and consists of a integrated holder for non-public electronic gadgets.

United tray table

I protected the “unveiling” for USA TODAY – here’s a hyperlink to that tale.

On the bus with Air New Zealand


If you’re out and about in the Bay Area the following couple of days hold an eye fixed out for Air New Zealand’s glass-sided tour bus, that's parking round town and giving oldsters at the floor a chance to strive out the airline’s Premium Economy Spaceseat and Economy Skycouch, that are at the airline’s Boeing 777-300 carrier among San Francisco and Australia (thru Auckland).

The bus has been on the road a few days already, but here are the spots wherein you could climb on board this week:

October 6th – San Pedro Square Marketplace – San Jose (8 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
October 7th – San Francisco: Fillmore & California Streets (throughout the day) – Fillmore Art & Wine Festival (6 – 9 p.m.)
October eighth – Downtown San Francisco –SoMa StrEat Food Park (10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.) & Embarcadero Center (eight – 9:45 a.m. & 3:15 – 6 p.m.)
October 9th – San Francisco: Union & Fillmore Streets (throughout the day) – Union Street Wine Walk (6 – nine p.m.)
October tenth – Downtown San Francisco – Embarcadero Center (eight a.m. – 2 p.m.) & “Off the Grid” at Fort Mason (five – 10 p.m.)

There are also prizes and items to go together with this promotion:

Anyone who spots the truck and stocks Tweets, messages and photographs with Twitter @AIRNZUSA, Instagram @AirNZ or Facebook @AirNewZealand the usage of the hashtag #AirNZ777300 will have a chance to win “marvel and delight” Air New Zealand swag.

Visitors to the truck at any of its public stops could be eligible to win day by day prizes.

And – for the relaxation folks – there’s a web sweepstakes for 2 Economy spherical-experience tickets from San Francisco to New Zealand or Australia.
Enter here.

In development: desire list of airport facilities for 2014

Hilo Airport one mile

2014 will arrive in just a few days and right here at Airport Search we’re creating a desire listing of amenities we’d want to see touch down at airports inside the new yr.

Here’s a list of a number of the “wishes” that have been sent to me thus far. Feel free to add your very own…

“More outlets”

“More massage places”

“Free simple Wi-Fi in all airports”

“CVS-kind stores”

“Wireless recharging spots”

“More rest areas like the ones at Helsinki and Taiwan airports”

“More 10-minute manicures and Minute Suites”

“Working electric stores”

“More paintings desks”

We’re were given some more days to feature to the list, so please let me realize what sparkling facilities you’d want to see in airports in 2014.