A new generation of “upright” aircraft seats could boost passengers numbers by 20%, the Italian company behind the innovation has claimed.
Avio Interiors’ new Skyrider 2.0 seats would allow airlines to introduce “ultra-high density” seating configurations in aircraft cabins.
The seats were unveiled at the recent Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg.
Avio says the seats would create space for the introduction of “mixed classes boarded on the same aircraft”.
Its design sees the seats installed at reduced pitch, meaning passengers are more upright, saving vital cabin space while maintaining “adequate comfort”.
The seats also weigh 50% less than standard economy class seats and feature less components, making them cheaper to maintain.
The company believes the seats could revolutionise low-cost air travel and open up destinations to people currently unable to afford to fly.
“Skyrider 2.0 opens the travelling experience to a wider passenger market, creating also a useful space for the introduction mixed classes boarded on the same aircraft,” said Avio.
“The design of this seat enables to increase the passenger number by 20% allowing increasing profits for airline companies.
“[It] is the new frontier of low cost tickets and offering a possibility to fly to whom today cannot afford it.”