Can airlines possibly make flying even worse? Yes. Yes, they can. If a litany of murdered pets, people being sucked out of shattered windows, or pervy and drunk seatmates isn’t making the skies seem very friendly, consider that — for now, anyway — at least you get to sit down. But maybe not for long.
At the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2018 in Hamburg, Italian seat manufacturer Aviointeriors revealed the airline seat of the future: The SkyRider 2.0. It features a saddle-like seat and a padded back that positions travelers in an upright pose that enables them to stretch their legs throughout the entire flight — that is to say, they are basically standing.
The seat is designed to help airlines reduce the space between rows and squeeze in more passengers through “ultra-high density” seating. A pole attached to the ceiling and extra padding to lean against enhances the design..
The company says that “the SkyRider 2.0 “ensures an increased upright passenger position, allowing installation of the seat at a reduced pitch, while maintaining an adequate comfort.”
But what they really mean is, airlines that install these seats can make more money.
“The design of this seat enables to increase the passenger number by 20 percent allowing increasing profits for airline companies,” said a spokesperson for Aviointeriors. “Furthermore, Sky Rider 2.0 weighs 50% less than standard economy class seats and the reduced number of components enable minimum maintenance costs.”