Listen Now: Fly First Class for Economy Prices (In The Airbus Cargo Hold)
Want to fly first class with an economy ticket? Your chance could be on the horizon.
Airbus is moving forward with plans to turn the cargo hold of its planes into sleeping and relaxation areas for passengers. The plans were first unveiled last year, but this month they won an award for innovation that is helping move the project along.
Now Airbus says turning the idea into reality depends on the airlines. Airbus says if an airline decides to buy in coming months the planes will be ready in 2021.
The cargo hold design includes a playroom for children, work space for those who need it and bunk beds for use on longer flights to get some sleep. The price point is expected to sit around the premium economy mark, appealing to passengers who can’t shell out big bucks for business or first class lie-flat seats.
Airbus says its biggest challenge will be following all the safety regulations and the cost for airlines. But the idea could pay off. Imagine booking your next flight that already includes more leg room.
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