Airbus introducing new lower-deck passenger sleeping facilities in cargo compartments.
- Sleeping berths would fit inside the aircraft’s existing cargo compartments.
- Improving the passengers’ experience while enabling airlines to differentiate.
- To be included in catalogue of certified solutions by 2020, initially on A330.
AIX Expo 2018, Hamburg, 10th April – Airbus and Zodiac Aerospace have partnered to develop and market lower-deck modules with passenger sleeping berths. The modules, which would fit inside the aircraft’s cargo compartments, offer new opportunities for additional services to passengers, improving their experience while enabling airlines to differentiate and add value for their commercial operations. The new passenger modules will be easily interchangeable with regular cargo containers during a typical turnaround if required. Moreover, the aircraft’s cargo floor and cargo loading system will not be affected at all, as the passenger module will sit directly on it.
Christophe Bernardini, Chief Executive Officer of Zodiac Aerospace Cabin Branch said: “We are delighted to work with Airbus on this new and innovative project, which reaffirms our expertise in lower-deck solutions. An improved passenger experience is today a key element of differentiation for airlines.”