One of the world's leading aircraft manufacturers Airbus has revealed a vision of the future. Engineers at the aviation giant have created a transparent plane offering passengers a panoramic view of the sky around them as well as providing a truly interactive experience. Although this stunning vision is only a virtual concept, Airbus believes passengers could be experiencing the real thing in 2050.
The concept, unveiled a week before the Paris Air Show, doesn’t feature an ordinary commercial airline cabin. Instead of standard first, business or economy class, passengers are seated in zones which cater for individual tastes like relaxing, playing games, interacting with others or holding business meetings.
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A special vitalising zone features organically grown seats which will adapt to the individual for a perfect fit, as well as offering massages or drinks. The passenger will also be an integral part of the plane, a simple wave of the hand will turn the window transparent while body heat is used to power the cabin facilities.
The concept's interaction zone will provide passengers with the latest technology to enhance their flying experience. As well as enjoying a drink with other flyers, passengers can also access all flight, destination and environmental information at the wave of a hand. Virtual shopping and gaming is also a possibility, however if you want some privacy, pop-up pods provide spaces for a meeting or romantic meal.
“Our research shows that passengers of 2050 will expect a seamless travel experience while also caring for the environment,” said Charles Champion, Executive Vice President of Engineering, Airbus.
“The Airbus Concept Cabin is designed with that in mind, and shows that the journey can be as much a voyage of discovery as the destination.”