Airbus’ new plane the people built

Designed for the people by the people, Airbus has revealed its new cabin design.

Flying quite clearly has its highs and lows, and we’re not just talking about the various cruising altitudes. While the perks of air travel are undeniable, namely the fact it makes the world your oyster, it is not without its cons.

Flying long haul, unless up the pointy end of the plane, is still largely an uncomfortable and exhausting experience. Thankfully, Airbus are aware of this and are on the case to improve the experience for all of us.

Having revealed their latest cabin design, called Airspace, in London during March, Airbus credited the internet for many of the changes in the new design. Executive Vice President of Strategy and Marketing at Airbus, Dr Kiran Rao said that it was customers who inspired designers “through social media”, adding “they’re comparing the experience from one airline to another. This is what has driven the change from what we’ve done in the past.”

Drawing on feedback from social media, the new A330neo aircraft features wider seats with the under-seat control boxes for in-flight entertainment removed, which means, wait for it, more legroom! With a more modular design for the cabin, airlines will be able to customise the layout of their planes, leading to wider aisles that don’t need to be taken up by trollies or bathrooms.

airbus new cabin design

With more room for overhead luggage, the new design even has mood and lighting features to leave passengers less disorientated after flights. With built-in broadband connectivity, passengers will also have the ability to use their phones and tablets, including making calls and sending messages.

The new plane is launching as soon as 2017. Why not take a look at the promo video for Airbus’s new A330neo design and tell us your thoughts?

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    SJ is a regular travel contributor to YourLifeChoices. Her plane essentials include noise-cancelling headphones, a solid Spotify playlist, sleeping tablets, an eyemask and a large scarf that doubles as a blanket on cold flights – i.e. every one.





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    Yvonne
    23rd Apr 2016
    8:27am
    Can't wait for this one.I love the Airbus as they are now, so this should be fabulous. Another reason(as if I need one) to travel again next year!!!!
    Anonymous
    23rd Apr 2016
    8:38am
    Fabulous?

    Hmmmm. Planes are good for getting places. Not much else.

    Will airbus ban seat reclining so I can eat my dinner?
    JayUK
    23rd Apr 2016
    3:29pm
    I agree Barak. I booked premium economy on one long haul flight and the guy in front put his seat right back as soon as we took off so I still felt hemmed in.
    Gra
    23rd Apr 2016
    6:24pm
    Fabulous? Might be OK flying Canberra to Sydney but on a long haul flight they might as well just stick a plank of timber there, it would be just as comfortable. The seating looks like it was something the Wright brothers might have sketched up although their sketches no doubt wouldn't have had the video screens in the seatbacks.
    Bones
    23rd Apr 2016
    9:45am
    Yes, I cannot wait either! Imagine that long haul flight to London or new York from Australia, your just dozing off at bedtime and the jell next to you/in front/behind you decides to make a phone call! Oh yippee that's just wonderful!
    FrankC
    23rd Apr 2016
    11:46am
    With the seat in front that far from you , you would have a stretch eating your meal !
    Rosret
    23rd Apr 2016
    9:10pm
    I'd manage. :)
    Alan
    23rd Apr 2016
    12:45pm
    It's been a while since I flew long haul but if my memory serves me right, the seats across the plane were in a 3-4-3 configuration, making 10 seats across, except where the plane narrowed.

    This now looks to be reduced to 2-4-2 which means they are losing 2 fares for every row in the plane.

    We all know it's about money so how do they make up for the huge loss in revenue on each flight with around 80 seats less than the current long haul flights?
    Gra
    23rd Apr 2016
    6:28pm
    Guess it depends on which airline you fly with. Qantas are 3-4-3 but Hawaiian are 2-4-2. Wider seats which means more room for passengers = more comfort. I knew there was a good reason I preferred Hawaiian Airlines.
    Alan
    23rd Apr 2016
    6:35pm
    You've convinced me Gra. My next flight from Sydney to Europe, I'm flying Hawaiian.
    Rosret
    23rd Apr 2016
    9:12pm
    A much better seating layout. They actually will fit humans.
    Gra
    24th Apr 2016
    1:10pm
    No worries Alan, a nice little stop over in Honolulu then on to New York then to London flying with Delta. All good. :)
    JayUK
    23rd Apr 2016
    4:33pm
    I do think other passengers can make or break enjoyment of a flight.
    MICK
    23rd Apr 2016
    6:03pm
    Ahhhh..... The seats look like camping chairs. If Airbus runs with this I'll be going back to flying with Boeings.
    Gra
    23rd Apr 2016
    6:38pm
    I agree Mick, shocking design and I can't imagine who the people were that Airbus are claiming were behind these design changes. Anyone prepared to fly long haul on that kind of garbage hasn't flown long haul before.
    Rosret
    23rd Apr 2016
    9:17pm
    They do look fairly uncomfortable however space is a wonderful option on a long flight. I notice they still have a hard bar at leg height that breaks passengers legs in an accident. I thought they were going to try and address that concern.
    Gra
    24th Apr 2016
    1:14pm
    Rosret what good is space if you can't get comfortable? That's like having a massive lounge room with banana crates for seating. What's the point?
    SuziJ
    23rd Apr 2016
    11:30pm
    OK, where are the foot rests in economy? Won't ever fly economy on long Haul flights.


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