Is this what flying could look like in the future?

Italian company Aviointeriors reveals two solutions to be achieved in a very short time

by Cecilia Di Marzo
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“We are all experiencing an unprecedented timeout moment in recent history. These are weeks in which the world seems to be at a standstill, in particular the world of transportation. No one can be indifferent to this scenario. All national authorities worldwide are trying to block this pandemic through a series of actions and recommendations".

 

Aviointeriors, an Italian company that designs, certifies and produces aircraft passenger seats, wanted to contribute to the well-being, protection and safety of all those people who want or have to travel.

The contribution is about already designed and industrialized solutions to be supplied in a very short time, even by incorporating any customizations if required. 

With this objective in mind, they've studied new solutions that take into account social distancing among passengers sitting on the same seat in the economy class, where there is a condition of higher density, but with characteristics that remain applicable even in the lower density classes such as the premium economy or business class. 

 

One of the solution is the "Janus" seat. Like two-faced Janus, the god of Ancient Rome, this proposal is distinguished by the reverse position of the center seat of the triple to ensure the maximum isolation between passengers seated next to each other.

While passengers seated on the side seats, aisle and fuselage, continue to be positioned in the flight direction as usual, the passenger sitting in the center is facing backwards. So “Janus” is a two-faced seat, in fact this arrangement allows all three passengers to be separated with a shield made of transparent material that isolates them from each other, creating a protective barrier for everyone. Each passenger has its own space isolated from others, even from people who walk through the aisle.

 

The center passenger facing backwards occupies the same space as others, so this seat does not need a pitch higher than usual, access and exit clearance are as usual too and therefore the seat installation pitch remains as originally provided for by the aircraft specification lay-out. Each place of "Janus" seat is surrounded on three sides by a high shield that prevents the breath propagation to occupants of adjacent seats. The seat shield allows the passenger sitting behind to use all the equipment situated on the back of the front seat, meal table, literature pocket and other possible equipment. The shield will continue to perform its separation function between passengers when the backrest is reclined.

To ensure access to the seat from the aisle by a disabled passenger, the shield portion on the aisle can be foldable or sliding. “Janus” seat is made of easy cleaning and safe hygienisation materials. The option is available with the shield in opaque material or with different degrees of transparency.

 

Glassafe” is a kit-level solution that can be installed on existing seats to make close proximity safer among passengers sharing the same seat. "Glassafe" is made of transparent material to make the entire cabin harmonious and aesthetically light, but perfectly fulfilling the objective of creating an isolated volume around the passenger in order to avoid or minimize contacts and interactions via air between passenger and passenger, so as to reduce the probability of contamination by viruses or other.

“Glassafe” has been designed to also ensure that a disabled passenger can use the seat on the aisle side by means of the rotation of the side panel. After accessing or egressing the seat, the rotating panel repositions itself in order to guarantee the protection of the disabled passenger at the same level of safety as the other passengers.

"Glassafe" is supplied in various executions with fixing systems to the seat that allow easy installation and removal. The shield is shaped in such a way as to leave complete accessibility to the accessories normally installed on the back, such as tables, magazine pockets, coat hooks or other.

“Glassafe” can be supplied in opaque material or with different degrees of transparency, all easy cleaning and suitable for a safe hygienisation. 

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