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The Flex-Seat offers even Economy Class fliers the chance of a good night's sleep

Apart from adding tiny LCD screens to the headrests in airplanes, not much has changed in seating comfort in the airline industry for many years, though a couple of ideas have appeared but are yet to bear fruit. Now, with the advent of A380s and the retention of bulk people carriers like 747s, long haul flight prices might have dropped but they’re still tortuous for ‘cattle class’ fliers subjected to endless hours of boredom and contortionist-like sleeping conditions. But Jacob Innovations has developed the conceptual Flex-Seat, which can be configured in a number of ways to make the most of the vertical space often wasted inside airline cabins and putting the possibility of a good night’s sleep (or rest) within reach of most fliers. Read More
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Aircraft seat-bed design offers a comfortable journey for all travelers

Another stand-out entry in the Create the Future Design Contest is the aircraft seat-bed design entered in the transportation section by Mario Martinez Celis from Mexico City. The concept design allows for 594 seats on the Airbus A380 which normally seats 555 but the real beauty of the configuration is that ALL passengers would be given the comfort of seat-beds with more space than ever before. Read More
— Aircraft

Delta fleet to get in-flight WiFi

Delta Airlines is set to introduce broadband Wi-Fi access onboard more than 330 aircraft operating in the continental United States. The company's passengers will be able to surf the web at 35,000 feet from next year at a cost of $9.95 on flights lasting up to three hours and $12.95 on longer trips. Read More
— Automotive

Chevolet's Equinox Fuel Cell vehicle to be used at Virgin Atlantic Airways

March 6, 2008 Chevrolet’s hydrogen powered, zero emission Equinox fuel cell will be used at Virgin Atlantic Airways for complimentary ground transfer service for passengers. The partnership will occur in the middle of Project Driveway, Chevrolet’s 30-month initiative that involves placing more than 100 zero emission, hydrogen powered electric vehicles on the streets of key cities around the world to gather detailed feedback from users – the world’s largest fuel cell market test. Read More
— Good Thinking

World’s largest outdoor ads to target airline passengers

September 27, 2007 Fledgling company Ad-Air has announced plans to target airline passengers with enormous flight path ads at the world’s busiest airports. The first of its kind project will see digitally printed ad skins of 20,000 square meters (215,000 square feet) – that twice the size of London’s Trafalgar Square – placed within view of window seat passengers. Read More
— Holiday Destinations

Delta’s Lie-Flat Airline Seats

October 13, 2006 Long haul flights can indeed feel very long if you’re not comfortable when attempting to sleep, so we’ll bet that there will be many of our readers eyeing the new Delta fully-horizontal BusinessElite sleeper suites and picturing themselves catching zeds in much more comfort than ever before when travelling. The reclining seat adjusts to multiple comfortable positions, including a completely flat surface offering travelers a 6-foot 3-inch bed. Whatsmore, there’s a privacy screen that incorporates a pull out meal table, fold-out video monitor, integrated footrest and personal stowage compartment for bags, shoes or blankets. All the sleeper suites will offer on-demand digital video and music at every suite and immediate access to the aisle so they don’t have to disturb another passenger when exiting their seat. Read More
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The Smoking Airline

July 12, 2006 It’s one of the largest, most committed and most ignored niche markets that’s ever existed, so the news that Smoker’s International Airways (SMINTAIR) is planning to take to the skies in March 2007 catering just for smokers has that familiar flash of the “bleeding obvious” that accompanies any winning idea. Back in 1964 when the inaugural United States Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health enlightened the world about the dangers of tobacco usage, the practice of cigarette smoking was quite fashionable. Remarkably, more than two thirds of all US males smoked at that time and in some countries, the smokers numbered three in every four males. Since then education has enabled smoking rates to halve, though in most countries at least 20% of the adult population still smokes. Throughout this period, two countries have remained steadfast in upholding smokers rights – Germany and Japan where more than a third of all adults still smoke. The prospective airline envisions a return to the values of the sixties, complete with plenty of legroom, a pampering of the passengers, beautiful hostesses and the ability to smoke anywhere you wish – ALL SMINTAIR seats will be smoking seats. Logically, the first SMINTAIR 747 will fly between Dusseldorf and Narita (Tokyo). Read More
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