Airbus Has Re-purposed The Cargo Hold By Adding Beds
Airbus, a European aeronautical manufacturer, has fashioned mini-cabins for passengers to be able to stretch out and sleep on their flight. Their design will be implemented for their model Airbus A330 jet and will be available to airlines in 2020. Where did they find room for such a luxury? In the cargo hold.
A New Plan
The feedback for the mini-cabins in the cargo hold has been positive from airline companies. The Airbus design includes double-decker beds and seating areas. Some thoughts on the use of the extra room include meetings, medical care and plenty of extra room for families. The only problem may be for those suffering from claustrophobia, as there are no windows. Airbus has plans for that too, though! They’re working on high-def screens to simulate windows and address the issue.
A unit of Airbus, called A^3 (A cubed) is working on a project called Transpose. The idea behind Transpose is to change the passenger experience quickly and inexpensively by creating different modules to load into the windowless cargo hold. These could include anything from a flying cafe to a kid-friendly recreation room.
A^3’s Transpose idea is using the concept currently used in freight trains, which add and remove cafe and sleeper cabins easily and affordably. Their goal is to be able to customize the passenger experience by changing out the entire cabin in the cargo hold in as little as eight hours. They would also like to tackle the lack of windows by adding OLED screens or VR to distract passengers from their windowless environment, making the flight enjoyable for more people.
In 1967, the French, West Germany, and UK governments got together to form an initiative to compete with aeronautical corporations in the United States. They named this initiative Airbus, and their job was to design aircraft for both civil and military purposes.
The Turning Point
Despite some rough beginnings, Airbus made some adjustments to their design and released the A310 for manufacturing. The company didn’t reach momentum until 1987 until the invention of the A320 aircraft, putting them on the map. That year, they became a fierce competitor for the likes of Boeing and Lockheed. Since then, they’ve become a top aeronautical manufacturer and seller.
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