Airbus To Offer Luxurious Sleeping Berths In Cargo Hold Of Its Planes

Airbus announced that it is teaming up with Zodiac Aerospace to develop and market lower deck sleeping facilities for passengers to be operational in A330 wide-body jets from 2020.

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Airbus To Offer Luxurious Sleeping Berths In Cargo Hold Of Its Planes

Airbus said lower deck sleeping facilities for passengers could be operational in A330 jets from 2020

Paris:  Soon when you fly in an Airbus jet and you fancy a bit of shut-eye, all you will need do is make your way down to the cargo hold.

European aircraft giant Airbus announced on Tuesday that it is teaming up with Zodiac Aerospace to develop and market lower deck sleeping facilities for passengers that could be operational in A330 wide-body jets from 2020.

The sleeper compartments "would fit inside the aircraft's cargo compartments," Airbus said in a joint statement with Zodiac, a subsidiary of the French aerospace company Safran.

The modules "will be easily interchangeable with regular cargo containers,"the statement said.
 
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Airbus and Zodiac said the sleeping berths will enable airlines to add value for their commercial operations.

"Airlines will initially be able to choose from a catalogue of certified solutions by 2020 on A330," for the sleeper pods, with the possibility of fitting them into A350 XWB airliners also being studied.

Airbus and Zodiac said the sleeping berths would not only improve passenger comfort, but also enable airlines to add value for their commercial operations.

"This approach to commercial air travel is a step change towards passenger comfort," said Geoff Pinner, head of Airbus' cabin and cargo programme.

"We have already received very positive feedback from several airlines on our first mock-ups."

Christophe Bernardini, head of Zodiac's aerospace cabin division, said the project "reaffirms our expertise in lower-deck solutions. An improved passenger experience is today a key element of differentiation for airlines."

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In November 2016, the Air France-KLM had put forward the idea of sleeping berths for passengers in the economy class, either down in the hold or above the cabin in aircraft of the group's new low-cost subsidiary, Joon.

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