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Post-COVID Airline Cabin

Rethinking the future of commercial flight.

Client: Volo Airlines
  • systems design
  • interior design
  • sanitation

More than ever, in the post-COVID world, people will think twice before sitting in a public airline. We have access to technologies that can almost guarantee a sanitary environment. For example, UVC light blasts throughout the airline cabin can kill most viruses. We can also use antimicrobial materials that prevent the collection and spread of harmful germs. Depending on the wavelength of UVC used, the blast might be applied between flights when the cabin is empty.

Peace of Mind starts with first impressions. Does it feel like you are packed in there like cattle, or are there design details put in place to make me feel comfortable. Are the colors drab and corporate or calming and joyful? This “wave” configuration is designed with the idea of a coach cabin without any bad seats. You are all times only one seat from an aisle. A narrow central aisle gives the opportunity for passengers to stand and move around without disturbance, or being limited by the food cart. Instead of packing a maximum number of seats in one-third of the available space in a wide-body airplane, we propose a lounge area on longer flights where people can stand, stretch, and experience different sitting positions.

Rather than white, dated airline walls we can use technologies like flexible OLED screens, or projections to create an impression that the cabin is larger than it really is. We can craft an experience that is welcoming, visually stimulating and flattering to the skin tone. Because this content is digital, it can be changed to align with the destination, alleviate jet lag effects and circadian rhythms, or alter mood of the passengers. Your headrest can be transformed into screens that can support entertainment projections and augmented reality interactions.

Sleeping pods are available in the back of the cabin on long haul flights. The material and lighting design is optimized for quick naps to restore mind and body. The beds can be reserved from your seat and are time-optimized so that several passengers can take advantage of this luxurious and refreshing experience. Sleep sensors inside the bed inform the user when to gently wake up without a feeling of interruption.

Self serve drink carts run along a ceiling track quickly and quietly quenching thirsts whenever needed. The smiling anthropomorphic user interface is playful and engaging. Drink carts are designed with a telescoping armature that conveniently moves up and out of the way when passengers want to pass.

Easy access to water for drinking and hand sanitization is the new norm. No need to hoard an entire restroom just to wash your hands. This gives more time to flight attendants to focus on essential services.

Restrooms are located near the lounge area. No more blocking the food carts in the galley or loitering next to seated passengers. Just hang out in the lounge and patiently wait for the next open door. Touchless doors are activated by a foot sensor at the base of each door.

Lavatories are completely touchless. The toilet only flushes when the lid is closed, eliminating contaminated droplets. are designed to have more physical space near the mirror. Bringing in a hint of color adds personality while remaining a safe and sterile feeling environment. Nursing babies and changing diapers can be challenging on the plane. It’s now an affair that can be done in comfort and convenience. This private space can also be used to change clothes on long flights, alleviating the need to occupy a lavatory.

Next to the kid-friendly bathroom, a mini-playground is accessible for parents, toddlers and kids, featuring safe sensory experiences, a digital drawing wall and a cradle zone. Parents can keep an eye on the kids while relaxing on the couch.

A bar is available with collapsible seating, a self-serving vending system and relaxing mood light.

All the way to the back of the plane, an area is available for transporting and caring for our pets, big and small.

The galley is greatly modernized in include robotic cart support, optimized space management, pleasant colors, materials and lighting. It is designed to look more like a modular kitchen than an industrial galley.

In business class, quiet booth are integrated in the space to give the opportunity to passengers to be productive in flight. As WiFi and cellular technologies develop, running a meeting from the sky should be easily accessible.