A post by Pat
Now that we’ve gotten used to being herded like cattle in airports, it’s time to play cowboy. It’s the Skyrider, a new airplane seat that gives the passenger 23-inches of space. The seat resembles a saddle. The passenger’s positioning is somewhere between sitting and standing. You think this is bad? Some airlines are considering having no seats at all.
“For flights anywhere from one to possibly even up to three hours … this would be comfortable seating,” he says. “The seat … is like a saddle. Cowboys ride eight hours on their horses during the day and still feel comfortable in the saddle.”
The new airplane seat, to be unveiled next week at the Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas conference in Long Beach, would give passengers an experience akin to riding horseback.
They’d sit at an angle with no more than 23 inches between their perch and the seat in front of them — a design that could appeal to low-cost airlines that have floated the idea of offering passengers standing-room tickets on short flights
“We feel extremely confident that this concept will … have great appeal to airlines for economic purposes,” says Dominique Menoud, director general of Aviointeriors Group.
The SkyRider could be its own class of seating, like business or coach, Menoud says. Passengers would likely pay lower fares. But airlines could boost their profits because the narrowly spaced seats would allow them to squeeze more fliers on board.
The novel design may draw interest — especially from two overseas carriers that have entertained the idea of providing no seats at all.
Whoever thinks this idea will fly is a horse’s arse.