Airbus to equip cargo hold with comfy beds for passengers

The aircraft manufacturer has teamed up with Zodiac Aerospace to develop lower-deck passenger sleeping facilities by 2020

NIghts on a long-haul area could reach a completely new level as Airbus aims to build comfortable sleeping facilities downstairs.

The European plane manufacturer has entered into a partnership with Zodiac Aerospace to develop lower-deck modules that would allow passengers to spend their flight in comfortable berths.

Airbus has entered a parthership with Zodiac Aerospace to develop lower-deck sleeping facilities — Airbus beds
Airbus has entered into a partnership with Zodiac Aerospace to develop lower-deck sleeping facilities — Airbus

The manufacturer plans to place the modules onto their Airbus A330 wide-body aircrafts by 2020.

Geoff Pinner, head of Airbus Cabin & Cargo Programme said: “This approach to commercial air travel is a step change towards passenger comfort. We have already received very positive feedback from several airlines on our first mock-ups. We are pleased to partner with Zodiac Aerospace on this project which will introduce a new passenger experience and add value for airlines.”

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.”

According to Bloomberg, the pods should be easily removable to allow larger space for cargo if needed.

“The innovation builds on both Airbus’ and Zodiac Aerospace’s experience in producing and integrating lower-deck crew-rest facilities,” Airbus added in a statement.

The idea of placing sleeping modules to the lower-deck corresponds with airliners’ decision to offer more enjoyable times for passengers on long-haul flights.

Air New Zealand have recently unveiled their SkyCouch, a seating option that turns a row of seats into a small bed for people to sleep on.

Qantas Airways are reportedly considering using the cargo hold to place large pods for travellers to sleep in or exercise.