Doing it sideways

New aircraft design puts passengers face-to-face in rows for budget travel

“Having passengers face each other is not an ideal situation. ... But this will see increased revenue for the operator and more economical tickets for the passenger – so by keeping both happy, this concept makes an attractive alternative. Sure the passenger can choose a flight facing forward in a traditional seating position, but he or she will have to pay more for the luxury.”

[Design Q director Howard] Guy predicts that the design could see a 50 per cent increase in the number of passengers on board and a 30 per cent reduced cost per seat.

Personally, I’d probably be fine sitting this way and paying 30% less. For short flights, anyway. Staring at someone else’s face would get pretty old on the 14-hour trip to Seoul.

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