After unveiling the revolutionary Concept Plane design last year, Airbus, the global leader in aircraft manufacturing, has come out with the Airbus Concept Cabin – a plane that demonstrates what the experience of flying will be like for passengers in 2050.
The Airbus Concept Cabin will offer personalized zones instead of the traditional cabin classes so as to offer passengers tailored levels of experiences. According to the company’s official website “While taking a hop between destinations… passengers in 2050 could join an interactive conference; enjoy a game of virtual golf; read the kids back home a bedtime story; and recharge in a ‘vitalising seat’ whilst watching the planet spread out beneath their feet.”
Diametrically opposite end of the spectrum as compared to contemporary ever-so-cramped budget airlines, eh ?
Seamless Flying in 2050
Described as a “whole new flying experience inspired by nature”, the most visually awe-striking feature of the Concept Cabin which represents the future of flying for the world, is the intelligent cabin wall membrane which controls air temperature and can become transparent to give passengers open panoramic views.
With a bionic structure optimised to provide strength where needed, the Concept Cabin design emulates the efficiency of bird bone and has an integrated ‘neural network’ which forms an intelligent interface between the passenger and the plane.
What this means is that the Concept Cabin will offer intelligent morphing seats that change to suit the individual passengers’ body shapes. To add to this, throw in the fact that you would be pampered with vitamin and antioxidant enriched air, mood lighting, and aromatherapy and acupressure treatments while you travel in this incredible sounding transparent plane.
The well-being and relaxation delivered by the “vitalising zone” are further enhanced by the innumerable social scenarios that the central “interactive zone” of the Concept Cabin promises to construct, with virtual pop-up projections offering a whole range of experiences from holographic gaming to virtual changing rooms for active shoppers.
And then there’s the “smart tech zone”, which facilitates customized individual needs that allow passengers to continue life as if on the ground.
Airbus Executive Vice President of Engineering, Charles Champion, said about the manner in which the Concept Cabin has been showcased: “Our research shows that passengers of 2050 will expect a seamless travel experience while also caring for the environment. The Airbus Concept Cabin is designed with that in mind, and shows that the journey can be as much a voyage of discovery as the destination. Whichever flight experience is chosen, the passenger of 2050 will step out of the Airbus Concept Cabin feeling revitalised and enriched.”
The Concept Cabin presents itself as the latest development by Airbus through their Future by Airbus programme.
The ‘Future by Airbus’ Programme
The ‘Future by Airbus’ program is all about developing technologies that reduce fuel burn, emissions, waste, and noise.
What Airbus intends to do through this program is to create technologies that would offer cheaper, greener and more fun air transport, aiming for a future that is “better connected and still look(s) after the environment”
Of the over €2 billion annual investment in research & development by Airbus’, more than 90% focuses on environmental benefits for current and future aircrafts.
As per claims by the press release by Airbus “due to advances in technologies, the concept cabin will be 100% recyclable. It will have self-cleaning materials made from sustainable plant fibres which reduce waste and maintenance and will harvest passenger body heat to power cabin features.”
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