Lie-flat beds may no longer be the exclusive domain of business class if AirAsia X has its way.
The low-cost Malaysian airline is looking at how three economy seats can be converted into a 'bed-like experience' and sold to a single traveller.
It's a step beyond Air New Zealand's Skycouch (below), which the Kiwi carriers has already licensed to Taiwan's China Airlines and Brazil's Azul.
“While the Skycouch model spurred the thinking about how do you modify the seats, I think there are drawbacks to the specific Skycouch model, certainly when it comes to how much weight you put on the system,” says AirAsia X CEO Azran Osman Rani told Future Travel Experience.
“The next step is can we enhance a simple three-seat configuration to make it even more comfortable to the owner of those three seats by giving it a bed-like experience?" Osman Rani ponders.
“We think there are other solutions that give you a more comfortable experience leveraging on that empty space that would otherwise be for where your legs are, which you don’t need when you’re lying down flat without, sort of, that extra extension."
"It’s been an idea that we’re developing; we’ll see how long it’ll take us to get there.”
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