Be a couch potato at 38,000ft! Airbus reveals new settee-style business class seat so passengers can lounge around mid-flight
- The new seat, called the Settee Corner, doesn’t recline but has a horizontal-position seat belt for safe sleeping
- It is based on a three seat configuration and could be used on the new Airbus long-range jet, the A321LR
- The seat is up to 50 per cent lighter than a traditional business class seat and measures 185cm in length
Airbus has revealed a new sofa-style plane seat that will allow passengers to be couch potatoes at 38,000ft.
The new seat, called the Settee Corner, has been designed by the European-based plane manufacturer’s interior services, and has been created specifically for business class cabins.
It doesn’t recline and doesn’t transform into a lie-flat bed, but passengers can lie along it safely during a flight and go to sleep as it comes with two seat belts – one for the upright position, one for the horizontal.
The new Airbus business class seat concept, called the settee corner, which allows passengers to lounge around as they would at home
What’s more, there is a companion seat built-in for mid-flight chatting with travel buddies.
Airbus says the seat also comes with a TV screen, tray table and is 50 per cent lighter than a traditional business class seat.
The prototype measures 185cm in length, the same as a traditional Airbus business class seat, but the firm says there is the potential to add an extra 10cm.
Airbus designed the concept in collaboration with seat manufacturer Geven, and showcased a prototype at the recent Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg.
It is based on a three-seat configuration and Airbus says it could be a luxurious asset on its new A321 long-range twin-engine jets.
Airbus designed the concept in collaboration with seat manufacturer Geven, and it is up to 50 per cent lighter than traditional business class seats
Airbus says the settee corner could be a luxurious asset on its new A321 long-range twin-engine jets, pictured
At present there are no definite buyers for the settee couch, but Amalia Martinez Martin, business line leader for tailored equipment at Airbus, says there has been positive feedback.
Passengers keen on experiencing a sofa at 38,000ft should buy a ticket on Virgin Atlantic’s A350 service to New York from Heathrow, starting in August, because it’ll have some in a new social space called ‘The Loft’.
Located in upper class, passengers can relax on sofas and use a big-screen TV (32in) to watch a movie or views from the tailcam.