An Italian company has designed seats to travel almost standing up, to carry more passengers on low-cost airlines and reduce prices.
The company Aviointeriors has designed aircraft seats - the "Skyrider 2.0" - that resemble scooter seats that allow you to travel almost standing up. Once installed, passengers adjust the height to keep their feet on the ground and fasten themselves with a seat belt.
This position significantly reduces the distance between the rows of seats. The airlines will be able to carry about 20% more passengers by plane. Savings can also be achieved in the cost of the seat, which will be 50% cheaper than a normal seat but also twice as light, reducing fuel consumption.
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Ermanno De Vecchi, the company's CEO, thinks that these seats will be approved in a year's time and that they will target "low-cost airlines, for trips of an hour and a half maximum. And again, only in Asia and Europe because in the United States the average morphology of passengers is not compatible with such a small space.”
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