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Airbus to add beds to cargo holds

The European aircraft manufacturer has drawn up plans to put sleeper pods in some aircraft types.

The aircraft manufacturer Airbus has revealed plans to put sleeping pods for passengers in the cargo hold.

The idea, which Airbus says some airlines are enthusiastic about, relates to A330 wide-body aircraft and would be available as an option for carriers to choose from 2020.

The sleeper compartments “would fit inside the aircraft’s cargo compartment”, said Airbus and Zodiac Aerospace, a subsidiary of the French aerospace company Safran, as reported by the news agency AFP.

The sleeper pods “will be easily interchangeable with regular cargo containers”.

Airlines “will initially be able to choose from a catalogue of certified solutions by 2020 on A330” for the modules, but fitting them into the A350 XWB aircraft type is also being studied.

Positive feedback
Airbus and Zodiac say that the sleeping berths will improve passenger comfort and also give airlines added value for their operations.

“This approach to commercial air travel is a step change towards passenger comfort,” said Geoff Pinner, head of Airbus’s cabin and cargo program. “We have already received very positive feedback from several airlines on our first mock-ups.”

Christophe Bernardini at Zodiac said the project “reaffirms our expertise in lower-deck solutions. An improved passenger experience is today a key element of differentiation for airlines.”

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