The A350 is a beloved aircraft by many airlines, and even though some of the best ones that have recently made their debut with phenomenal business class products, including China Southern, Air France, Virgin Atlantic and China Airlines to name a few, the A350s that will make their way into the public in 2021 will be even more advanced. Here’s how.
The future of the A350 in the coming years will be equipped with a “connected cabin,” meaning it will be designed to pay attention to passenger’s behavior. This can include the films and show watched on the entertainment screen, what beverage or food item is ordered, where hand luggage is set and the number of times a passenger uses the lavatory.
How does the “connected cabin” track these tasks? The A350 will be installed with multiple sensors throughout the aircraft—from the seats to the lavatory and everywhere in between. The system will track the movement and send the data via WiFi to the flight crew on a tablet and/or a screen located in the galley. The data gathered can be customized from airline to airline, so it all depends on what exactly a carrier wants to know about what the traveler does. The reason for this is so that not only cab the airline and the flight attendants provide an even better experience on board, but to help passengers as well.
The “connected cabin” will be able to notify flight attendants to find empty space in the overhead bins quickly, especially when they are filling up fast. As a result, the flight attendants won’t have to search through each one just to see where a carry-on can fit. This can cut onboarding time and prepare the cabin for takeoff even faster.
To go hand-in-hand with this technology, Airbus is currently in the works of creating an app that will work for both the crew and the passenger. For instance, instead of having to touch buttons around the seat to recline, make an order or even turn on the overhead light, the traveler can open up the app and control all those tasks right from their mobile device. The app would also help flight attendants identify which traveler hasn’t fastened their seat belt, put away their tray table or placed their seat in the upright position without having to walk through the entire cabin. The flight attendant can then walk over to the passenger that isn’t prepared for takeoff and remind them.
You may be wondering why the lavatory sensor is important. For those who fly know that checking to see if the lavatory is occupied isn’t easy, especially if you’re sitting far away from it. With the app, the traveler can check to see which lavatory is available and where on the plane it’s available. Aside from availability, flight attendants will be able to know when the toiletries such as soap, toilet paper, etc are running low and need a refill.
That’s not all. As the “connected cabin” learns about passenger behavior, the airline can further customize the overall passenger experience—whether it’s the snacks and food passengers are served or the types of shows and films they watch the most. The end result is a satisfied customer and efficient cabin crew.
Ever since the technology was first revealed, Airbus has been working quickly to launch the “connected cabin” because it seems, airlines are aching for this type of technology, and they want it now.
What are your thoughts about the “connected cabin”? Are you ready for this type of technology?