Coming in 2018: A Coach Experience that Isn't Soul-Destroying

The design company behind Turkish Air and Lufthansa's rebranding is working to create a new airplane interior that will save space, economize fuel use, and make your travel experience more comfortable.

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The design company behind Turkish Air and Lufthansa's rebranding is working to create a new airplane interior that will save space, economize fuel use, and make your travel experience more comfortable. Enigmatically called Priestmangoode, one of the company's main innovations is the creation of slimmer seats that can be used in both coach and first-class. That means more room for passengers as well as carry-on luggage. Slimmer seats will also reduce the weight of the aircraft, requiring less fuel use. Better luggage storage is also on the way, with a sliding design that is integrated into the ceiling of the aircraft and doors that flip up when you open them so carry-ons don't fall out. The new compartments will be 40% larger than ones currently used.

What's the Big Idea?

Fundamental airplane technology has advanced very little since commercial airliners became available to the public, and actually retreated when the Concorde was retired. So what gives? As part of our Future in Motion series, Richard Schaden explains to Big Think why airplane innovation seems stuck:

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  • The West, however, is not united. Canada, for instance, acts in many ways that are not in line with American or British policies, particularly in regard to populism. Even if it were united, though, it would not represent most of the world's population.
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  • The World Wildlife Fund says that 60 percent of all vertebrate mammals have died since just 1970. On top of this, recent studies suggest that insect populations may have fallen by as much as 75 percent over the last few decades.
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