What's the Latest Development?
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus says in 40 years time we'll be able to take night flights, 30,000 feet in the air, and be able to stargaze thanks to the plane's nature-inspired transparent fuselage. The body of the aircraft will have a structure that Airbus says "mimics the efficiency of bird bone which is optimized to provide strength where needed." A "wall membrane" will enclose the cabin and become transparent to give passengers panoramic views of the sky.
What's the Big Idea?
Airbus spokesman Charles Champion said that research showed that passengers of 2050 "will expect a seamless travel experience while also caring for the environment." The new 'Concept Cabin' will feature seats that adjust to a passenger's body shape. And as onboard ambience is where airlines will be able to make money, cabin classes will be replaced by themed zones, such as a "Vitalizing Zone" for relaxation, with mood lighting, aromatherapy and acupressure treatments.