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seating for capsule-style beds and sofas – or pass the time at work desks or in children’s play areas.
Passengers would not be able to access the area during take-off or landing, and the beds would be housed in removable modules that could be interchanged with ordinary cargo containers.
Geoff Pinner, head of cabin and cargo at Airbus, told Telegraph Travel: “Airlines came to us to see how they can better utilise the space in their aircraft.
“With lower-deck use, they can generate more revenue without having to spend money to change the aircraft or add businessclass seats. On a long-haul flight, the airline could potentially rent out each of these spaces to a number of passengers in different time slots throughout the flight. So an economy-class offering could come with a sleeping bed add-on.”
The designs were unveiled at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg.