The highly respected Italy-based company Aviointeriors unveiled a brand new upright airplane seat design. Executives claim companies could increase airplane travel capacity by as much as 20 percent if they were to use these bright yellow seats.
Called the Skyrider 2.0, these seats are designed somewhat like a horse-straddle in which passengers have to place their legs on the sides. Passengers in these seats will only have about 23 inches of legroom in front of them.
As you could imagine, these aren’t exactly the most comfortable seats in the world, but they are extremely cost-effective. Aviointeriors execs say they only intend to use these seats on plane rides of three hours or less. Although Aviointeriors didn’t mention it during their unveiling, it’s likely boarding passes for Skyrider 2.0 seating will be available at a deep discount.
Besides providing airlines with more space, the Skyrider 2.0 has the added benefit of weighing 50 percent less than most seats in airplanes. Aviointeriors also touted the fact that Skyrider 2.0 has less components, thus it will cost airlines less in maintenance fees.
There’s already a great deal of interest in the airline community to increase profits by using technologies like vertical seats. Indeed, the South American airline VivaColombia even suggested making passengers stand on shorter flights.
As of today, aviation safety experts haven’t approved any vertical seat design for installation in airplanes. Despite Aviointeriors decades-long track record in the airline business, it’s unclear whether safety crews will allow Skyrider 2.0 to be installed into airplanes anytime soon.
Headquartered in Naples, Aviointeriors has worked with big name airliners including Icelandair, Asiana Airlines, Rossiya, and Cathay Pacific.
The Skyrider 2.0 was formally unveiled at the recent Aircraft Interiors Expo in Germany.