Flying Economy Class May Look Like This In The Near Future!!
At the Aircraft Expo in Hamburg Germany this week, the French corporation Thales Group is showing off a prototype of a redesigned economy passenger seat. These seats are much slimmer & streamlined than previous designs, and the most impressive feature is the Integrated Airplane Network System (IANS.)
Passengers will call it ‘Digital Sky,’ and it consists of a 21.3-inch HD display mounted directly into the back of the seat in a portrait configuration. It takes up no extra space, and replaces all the safety flyers and in-flight magazine that you used to find in a seat pocket. So in that sense it saves space and money.
The touchscreen can be used for entertainment including movies and games, to view a map and see where you’re traveling, and access information related to your destination. As it’s a complete system, there’s bound to be multiple configuration options offered to each airline choosing to install the seats. No doubt we’ll get a store to browse and buy from, paid Internet access handled through it, the ability to call a member of the cabin crew, and maybe even a communication system for chatting with other passengers.