The clever engineers at Airbus have outlined their vision of what us passengers could expect from air travel circa 2050 and boy does it sound and look incredible. Certainly much more fun than the cattle class experience we have to go through.
The Airbus Concept Cabin focuses on very high levels of customization that suit individual needs including auto-morphing seats and completely personalized entertainment. The passengers' body heat will also be absorbed through the use of smart materials that work with the electrical system so no need for those clumsy wires and cables.
With a bird bone like structure, the plane will be covered with a bionic skin membrane, transparent and lightweight.
Once on-board, a passenger would simply touch the wall to be identified by the plane's "neural network" which would then track the person and enable the auto-morphing seats, personalized digital access and automatic responses to personal needs.
Instead of traditional cabin classes, Airbus sees the aircraft interior as being divided into a number of zones. The "Vitalizing Zone" would cater for relaxation and well-being with massage and acupressure-enabled seats, antioxidant enriched air, mood lighting and a panoramic view of the sky. There would also be a "Smart Tech Zone" and an "Interactive Zone" which would imitate any possible social scene, meaning passengers could arrange a virtual business meeting, play a game of virtual golf, go virtual shopping, or read a bedtime story for their kids back at home.
The cabin would also be 100 percent recyclable and feature self-cleaning materials made from plant fibers.
"Our research shows that passengers of 2050 will expect a seamless travel experience while also caring for the environment," says Charles Champion, Airbus Executive Vice President Engineering.
Flights to Tenerife will definitely be a great experience and one that most will look forward to.
Image courtesy Airbus.