Mile-high lux­ury

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These five in­no­va­tions prove the sky’s the limit for air­line cab­ins…

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Dou­ble beds

Sin­gle beds might have been first in­tro­duced in the 1990s, but Qatar Air­ways has cre­ated the first-ever re­clin­ing dou­ble-bed seats, squeez­ing these in­no­va­tive new pods into busi­ness class. 2 Vir­tual re­al­ity

We knew it wouldn’t be long be­fore vir­tual re­al­ity (VR) crept on­board, and Boe­ing has de­vel­oped a VR in-flight concierge, pack­ag­ing up ev­ery­thing from unique en­ter­tain­ment to the safety demon­stra­tion in one head­set. 3 Zero grav­ity

Cabin de­sign is be­com­ing out of this world, lit­er­ally, with Emi­rates fill­ing their first-class cab­ins with ‘zero-grav­ity’ seats and beds that cre­ate a feel­ing of weight­less­ness. 4 Seg­re­gated sections

Sleeping, watch­ing TV and eat­ing at the same seat could be a thing of the past, as more air­lines look to utilise spare space in their holds to cre­ate ‘hubs’, in­clud­ing pods for sleeping, din­ing ar­eas and even re­lax­ation lounges. 5 Mile-high view­ing

It may not be a re­al­ity yet but Air­bus have grand am­bi­tions. They have con­cep­tu­alised a cabin mem­brane that has the abil­ity to turn trans­par­ent, so you can see all around you – a truly unique view.

■On­line Reader Poll With air­lines di­ver­si­fy­ing their cabin class op­tions, is this good for pas­sen­gers?

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