Are you ready for an incredibly cheap airline seat that has unlimited legroom?
Of course, such a dream comes with its own little nightmare, these seats are standing room only.
At the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2018 in Hamburg, in April, seat manufacture Aviointeriors has revealed a new design on the stand-up seat, dubbed the SkyRider 2.0.
It is more like a Horse saddle than a seat, with padding around the crotch and poles connecting each suspended seat between the ceiling and the floor. The row can be packed tightly together, as close as people would normally stand on a metro train.
Aviointeriors has spruiked the design of this seat to Airline companies:
“The design of this seat enables to increase the passenger number by 20% allowing increasing profits for airline companies. Furthermore, Sky Rider 2.0 weighs 50% less than standard economy class seats and the reduced number of components enable minimum maintenance costs.”
With airlines always looking for new ways to cut costs could this be the final step that they will take?
Will it ever be used?
Designs for a seat like this have been floating around ever since the 2000’s. In fact, Aviointeriors, pitched an original seat design a few years much like the current one they showcasing today, but even more utilitarian. But so far no success.
Part of the criticism that is coming from airlines is that the seats would hinder evacuation efforts in the case of an emergency. Plus, with no ‘room’ under the seat in front, where would passengers store their personal items?
The greatest roadblock for this seat design is that it must be approved by the US Federal Aviation Administration, and so far they have not taken it seriously.
A seat design like this would be perfect for a short haul budget carrier, such as Ryanair or EasyJet, with quick routes between two close destinations like for example Ireland and England (under an hour) or equivalent of the continental variety. So far only Ryanair has made a comment about the standing room on planes saying:
“We have no plans to trial or introduce standing flights.”
So far no airline has snapped up this money saver but it’s an interesting and creative concept to cram as many passengers on a journey as possible.