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AIR­BUS AND ZO­DIAC have re­vealed de­signs for lower deck sleep­ing berths on the A330 and A350 fam­ily air­cra .

e mod­ules, which would t inside the air­cra ’s cargo com­part­ments, would al­low the air­lines to sell ad­di­tional sleep­ing seats to pas­sen­gers.

e new pas­sen­ger mod­ules are in­tended to be eas­ily in­ter­change­able with reg­u­lar cargo containers, pos­si­bly as quickly as dur­ing a typ­i­cal turn­around, Air­bus says.

e air­cra ’s cargo oor and cargo load­ing sys­tem are not a ected, as the pas­sen­ger mod­ule sits di­rectly on it.

“is ap­proach to com­mer­cial air travel is a step change towards pas­sen­ger com­fort. We have al­ready re­ceived very pos­i­tive feed­back from sev­eral air­lines on our rst 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,” said Geo Pin­ner, Head of Air­bus Cabin and Cargo Pro­gramme.

e com­pa­nies say that air­lines will ini­tially be able to choose from a cat­a­logue of certi ed so­lu­tions by 2020 on A330 for retro t and line- t mar­kets. O er­abil­ity of sleeper com­part­ments on the A350 XWB air­liner is also be­ing stud­ied. e innovation builds on both Air­bus’ and Zo­diac Aero­space’s ex­pe­ri­ence in pro­duc­ing and in­te­grat­ing lower-deck crew-rest fa­cil­i­ties.

e sleep­ing berths are a sim­i­lar con­cept to the crew rest sleep­ing berths cur­rently in place on the A380 which can also be re­moved when not needed for shorter legs.

e sleep­ing berths have an emer­gency exit. From a pas­sen­gers’ point of view, sit­ting in this seat is a good op­tion be­cause of the ex­tra leg room. air­bus.com

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