Cargo planes inspire modular cabin
Cargo planes have inspired a new idea in the industry of air travel called Transpose. Transpose presents the idea of moving palettes on rollers, with cargo that is replaced with a modular cabin flying experience. The days of boarding a plane, finding your seat and staying there for an entire flight, no matter how long it lasts are gone.
Replaced are new modern cabins where your children can spread out on the floor, and participate in something similar to daycare. Free to roam about the cabin, you will be enabled to approach a bar for a coffee or other beverage. Additionally, a restaurant will provide your meal, or you can find a horizontal sleeping option or a desk and go to work.
Transpose is scheduled to be seen in an episode of a new video series, Next Level
These cabins are designed to be loaded and unloaded before and after a flight. In a way, this option makes it easy for airlines to clean and service a plane after landing and before boarding. The company who created the idea wishes to present a sort of cruise ship atmosphere where passengers can feel at home while they fly.
Airbus is a Silicon Valley innovation project ready to switch out of commercial aircraft mode.
Designated to withstand 16,000 pounds, the module cabins sit on rollers and can be changed within the time span of one hour. They are secured with seat track attachments.
Some safety issues need to be worked out
Safety is the biggest concern regarding the cabins. The builders haven’t worked out where to put oxygen masks, how to function during turbulence and traffic through isles during flight. Nevertheless, the manufacturer is pushing full steam ahead to entice travelers who want a luxury status so that the airlines can charge big bucks for that status.
Some insist the modular cabin Airbus experience will be ready and approved in less than two years. Meanwhile, the FAA and international regulators have strict regulations and approval has yet to be given. The FAA usually takes a long time to issue permission for any change of regulations requests.
Simulations of flights have already begun. Human behavior aboard these Airbuses is an ongoing study. While the project should get an A for effort and creativity, all the feedback is qualitative. Data does not indicate the human element in any situation. How people respond in situations where safety is the main issue is not easy to measure.
What to do in case of an emergency
People tend to panic in situations of stress and let’s face it; traveling is stressful. Some people want to be at their destination before the flight begins. Skipping the experience would be their preference. In case of an emergency, what is the protocol? People are mainly secure with flying long distances because they understand air travel is safe. Everyone knows how to put a mask on and where it is located? With people moving all over the plane, chaos would result.
Airbus sounds like a nice idea. Moreover, the reality is, if people want a luxury flight experience, chartering a small plane is much more safe and effective, especially after you figure in the cost of one of these module cabin flights.
It is no surprise the airlines plane to bring in a great deal of revenue from the idea.
Although the mockup cabins are a great sales tool, challenges remain. Changing boarding patterns and aircraft structure would require a redesign of all airports. The entire infrastructure of today’s modern airport would need a complete make-over. Many cities have invested billions into airport projects. To change it all now would be quite an undertaking.
Still, Airbus has made its point, and people are noticing. The commercial will cause a commotion and possible some changes in the industry of air travel. Whether that travel will be in a cabin, Airbus remains to be seen.
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