Ultra-long haul flights are slowly starting to ramp up, with airlines like Qantas also taking the lead. At the same time, carriers are searching for ways to adjust the cabin in order to accommodate travelers so that they feel comfortable flying for more than the average six to eight hours. Companies such as AIM Altitude have designed a social zone concept, giving passengers the option to chat, refresh, move around and be active outside of their seat. AIM Altitude is not the only one, Airbus and Zodiac Aerospace have also teamed up to develop modular cargo spaces and more recently, Sahngseok Lee, a student at the Hongik University in Seoul designed another concept for long-haul flights, a creation that won one of the Crystal Cabin Awards for 2019.
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The concept’s official name is “1FA”, which stands for “one for all” and is based on personal experience. Lee was concerned for privacy and prying eyes when working on his laptop, and at the same time, when business people need space to chat, there’s no place to do so. As a result, the 1FA concept was born, featuring fully-enclosed sections in premium economy (versus business or first class) with four seats and a table set up so that you can see all four travelers. Aside from business travelers who want to have a conference, the 1FA workspace cabin concept can also be booked for families of four without having to pay the price of business or first class seats.
Another workspace cabin concept is Stratus Seat, designed by Safran Seats and a TU Delft. Although this concept is geared towards individuals in business class, it does allow for those who do work while flying get things done while feeling comfortable. The seat is ergonomically designed with the option to stand upright, and has a “zero-gravity” feature, meaning the seat position can help relieve muscle pain and keep blood flowing properly throughout the body. Moreover, this workspace concept has screens on the back of each seat that dims after takeoff to create more privacy and becomes clear when taxiing, landing or taking off. The thought behind this workspace concept is for business class passengers to feel like they have arrived at their destination, accomplished.