Airbus patents Cattle-Class seating


"If you thought low-cost air travel couldn't get any more bleak," reports Oliver Wainwright, "then Airbus has a treat in store for you."

The seating design, filed as "SEATING DEVICE COMPRISING A FORWARD-FOLDABLE BACKREST" at the European Patent Office and the US Patent Office by Airbus Operations, describes "a seating device with reduced bulk, for example in an aircraft."

For example indeed!

"The seating device comprises a backrest which describes circular translational movement toward the front and upwards of the device when the seating device is brought to the retracted configuration."

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  1. Quite frankly, I think I'd be happier with those seats then the current ones.
    At least with those standing saddles I can periodically move my legs to regain bloodflow.

  2. Aren't there supposed to be oars on this? And a big guy with a drum?

  3. MikeR says:

    Would these (I'm struggling to call them ) seats offer any protection in the event of a crash? The seat back in a conventional airliner does a good job of protecting your spine, this looks like it's designed to snap it cleanly.

    RyanAir is going to love it.

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