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17 June 2011 10:03
Airbus has unveiled its concept cabin for the passenger plane of 2050
Airbus has unveiled its concept cabin for the passenger plane of 2050, offering a revolution in air travel by providing passengers unobstructed views outside.
Unveiling the concept design at London, the plane manufacturer said the "intelligent" wall membrane of the cabin would have the ability to become transparent, allowing passengers to gaze up at sunny or starry skies.
The cabin of 2050, which would be a bionic structure mimicking the efficiency of bird bone, would be able to "identify and respond" to the different needs of passengers, while the seats could adjust in size and shape for the individual traveller.
The traditional cabin classes would be a thing of the past, and would be replaced by personalised zones.
Looking 40 years into the future, Airbus said the "interactive zone" in the new cabin would allow passengers, who are likely to have taken out comprehensive
travel insurance, to participate in interactive conferences or play a game of virtual golf.
Passengers could also choose to travel in the "vitalising zone", where they can relax, as well as undergo aromatherapy and acupressure treatments.
In 2010, the planemaker unveiled its concept plane, featuring technologies that would cut down emissions, fuel burn, waste and noise.
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