San Francisco startup pioneers social-distant “sleep seats” for budget travelers

San Francisco | June 8, 2020–San Francisco startup Zephyr Aerospace is introducing a new social distancing-compliant airline seat and bed combo for premium economy passengers.

For decades, lie-flat seating has been the indulgence of business and first-class travelers — the “select few” who can afford this luxury. Now a fresh innovation could bring the same concept to economy plus, and it couldn’t have come at a more important time. Budget travelers can now sit, lie flat, and sleep in the same seat and maintain social distancing rules.

Zephyr is a brand new airline seating concept that transforms the seats in premium economy class on wide-body aircraft into lie-flat beds. The idea, still in the concept phase, could revolutionize the in-flight experience as airlines encourage people to travel again.

The world’s first lie-flat “double-decker” seating concept for premium economy class passengers offers a comfortable bed with all-aisle access in a 2-4-2 configuration — the same density as existing premium economy set-ups on 90 percent of airlines worldwide. It’s the cheapest way to sleep on long-distance commercial flights.

Zephyr’s seat and bed combo provide budget travelers with the same privacy as business class travelers. The non-mechanical sleep seats have limited movable fixtures and are made with the highest standard lightweight composite materials, reducing direct maintenance costs for airlines. A telescopic ladder provides quick and easy access to the upper area and can be removed after boarding.

The drop-down footwell cover increases personal space in each seat, which allows for multiple lie-flat positions. There’s even space for small children and families to lie next to each other (dependent on an airline’s social distancing rules). Airlines can retrofit these sleep seats between a 38-42” seat pitch based on their preferences and industry standards and increase ancillary revenue.

“Simply put, the Zephyr Seat offers travelers exactly what they want when they fly – privacy and personal space – at the most affordable price,” says Zephyr Seat.

To support Zephyr’s mission to improve air travel and gain a financial stake in their success, visit their equity crowdfunding campaign on Republic (https://republic.co/zephyr-aerospace).

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AIX Hamburg and Italy | April 11, 2018– Your breath shortens. Beads of sweat emerge at your temples. Your eyes scan the business class, when you flight in economy for a long Range flight.

But Now, that panic give way to placidity. In fact AVIOINTERIOS is glade to present “MICHELANGELO” our New Economy seat for long range trip. MICHELANGELO increases the experience of the flight, without compromises.

MICHELANGELO increases the comfort, gives more space at the passenger belongings, increase the multimedia experience with a video of 13.3”, the biggest in the market in this segment, but at the same time the innovative engineering concept let to reduce weight about of the 7% , and the maintenance cost.

Faithful to the role of ambassador of the Italian style in the aircraft cabin interior all it is concentrate in a beautiful, distinguishing, and elegant Italian Design.

AVIONTERIOS is sure that MICHELANGELO will be pushing the standard of the Long Range economy class higher in Comfort, Design, Technical Innovation, Quality and will exceed the passengers, and the airlines expectations.

APEX EXPO Long Beach, California | September 25, 2017– Visitors to APEX Long Beach 2017 will experience the latest in passenger interface, connectivity, personalisation and payment solutions thanks to In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC) specialists IFPL.

IFPL lead the way when it comes to deploying contactless Near Field Communication (NFC) payment systems on-board aircraft, with global OEMs and airlines now using IFPL’s technology for seat back in-flight retail and customer personalisation.

APEX 2017 will see IFPL demonstrate it’s NFC ‘Pin-On-Screen’ solution that enables high-value off line transactions by removing the current low-value payment barrier. This step change will allow airlines to expand and sell high-value items, therefore increasing ancillary revenues. This has the ability to completely change the dynamic of the IFE systems value proposition, as passengers now have a combined entertainment and retail platform allowing them to browse, order and pay at their own convenience. Combine this with connectivity, big data, passenger personalisation and broader distribution channels to deliver to the gate or at home, the airlines now have the opportunity to develop significant new revenue streams.

Visitors to stand #134 will also see IFPL’s ‘Charge 2’ concept. IFPL designed the ‘Charge 2’ to leverage its NFC Payment Terminal to control the switching on of passenger services at the seat. The ‘Charge 2 Charge’ demonstration allows the passenger to pay to turn the power on to the USB port, enabling them to charge a personnel device or other USB device.

In addition, due to its ability to transmit and read data, it can negotiate with data from an App on a PED or via an NFC loyalty card, enabling enhanced passenger personalisation and allowing targeted promotions or alerting cabin attendants to the customer presence or specific requirements.

IFPL’s established range of IFEC products and solutions will be on display and the expert team from IFPL will be on hand to discuss any requirement that visitors to APEX 2017 may have.

Visit IFPL at Booth #134

A unique Business Class offer…

Hamburg, DE | April 4, 2017–
Officially launched at Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg on 4 April 2017, Zodiac Seats latest product Optima is expected to set a new standard in business class travel.

Combining class leading passenger experience and improved cabin efficiency, through a unique cabin configuration that mixes in-line and angled seats, Optima can offer the uncompromised business class solution that the market was expecting.

An elevated business class experience comes from direct aisle access for every passenger, large surface areas, extensive stowage options and configurable privacy. Thanks to its seating arrangement and electrically actuated privacy screens, Optima offers an exclusively private environment for travelers wanting to relax and unwind, or passenger interaction for those travelling together.

With bed lengths up to 83.5” and the option for a centerline double bed, Optima creates a sleeping experience for travelers that would typically only be associated with First Class Travel.

However, Optima’s unique quality is that while it pays close attention to the needs of its passenger, it never forgets the requirements of airlines; to increase their profitability through increased passenger count. The unique cabin layout, originally designed by Acumen, allows airlines to maximize their revenue potential, offering 15% more seats in the cabin compared to standard business class products.

Optima can be tailored to the brand of any airline; thanks to its modular architecture. A variety of optional product features and customizable areas, allows each customer to embed their brand identity. This design ethos has been integrated into the product from its origination, building upon Zodiac Aerospace’s heritage and experience in manufacturing bespoke premium aircraft cabin solutions.

The perfect marriage of empathetic design and innovative engineering, Optima is the dawn of a new era in Business Class Travel.