As Airbus seeks to cram more passengers into economy, new designs for business class seats are upgrading the travel experience closer to first class.
Exhibit A: the Fusio business suite from global seat-maker Zodiac Aerospace.
Fusio offers airlines "the comfort of first class but the space of business class," claims Zodiac, which is demonstrating the seat at this week's Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg in the hopes of snaring a launch customer.
Fusio's suite design incorporates a wide lounge-style seat that converts into a flat bed, a 27 inch HD video screen, built-in coat closet and plenty of storage space.
In Zodiac's crosshairs for the Fusio: international airlines looking to replace first class seats with a luxe 'business plus' offering at a business class price.
"The seat offers a much better use of space compared with other first-class seats," explains Zodiac exec Pierre-Anthony Vastra.
"We're still selling first-class seats but we also identified a category for this kind of product."
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