Fri Mar 02nd, 2018
The finalists for the Crystal Cabin Award 2018 have been decided. And PASSME is proudly in! One of the inventions created through the European PASSME project, which aims to reduce door-to-door travel time for European airline passengers by 60 min., is the Innovative Aircraft Seat developed by Almadesign, Optimares, TU Delft and the German Aerospace Center. The concept works by temporarily increasing an aircraft’s aisle width to 32 in. from 16 in. using a mechanical actuator on each row of three seats. During boarding and de-planing, the seat pans are positioned about 100 mm (4 in.) higher and 8 in. narrower than standard seats, creating room for passengers to pass each other in the aisle. During taxi, takeoff and landing, the row of seats is unlocked and the weight of passengers actuates the seat mechanism, moving it down and sideways toward the aisle. Test results from the prototype and software simulations show an improvement of 30% in boarding/de-planing times. The system is predicted to increase seat-weight by only about 5%. A representative for the inventors says the seating system should be adaptable to any aircraft and will be presented to airlines for the first time at the 2018 Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) in Hamburg.