Airbus unveils its plane ‘cabin of the future’

  • metta

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    Jun 14, 2011 3:48 PM GMT
    Airbus unveils its plane ‘cabin of the future’

    http://thedailyedge.thejournal.ie/video-airbus-unveils-its-plane-cabin-of-the-future-155561-Jun2011/


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    Jun 14, 2011 4:14 PM GMT
    Nice layout and design. Too bad it still uses shitloads of fuel.
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    Jun 14, 2011 4:53 PM GMT
    Thanks, a much more comprehensive video from Airbus, rather than the edited clip I saw on the Today show. Some marvelous ideas, and I love future things. When people sometimes wanna play the "what will you miss the most when you die" parlor game (assuming we CAN miss things), I usually answer I'll miss seeing something like this come true, or just reading tomorrow morning's headlines.

    Although I'm always dubious about predictions of the future. Ever since I went to the 1964 New York World's Fair and used the demo video phones at the Bell Telephone pavilion. We were assured they'd be in everyone's homes & offices by the early 70s. Well you know how that turned out -- we're still struggling to make stuff like Skype work well, and that's an unintended offshoot of the largely unexpected civilian exploitation of the ARPANET/Internet.

    Or about the space travel we were promised? We were supposed to be living full-time on the moon by now, and visiting Mars. Living a "Jetson's" world with no traditional cars, flying around without need of roads. Our local tire store still seems to be making a good business putting tires on cars, though, like it's been done for over 100 years.

    Of course change comes, and I've seen it in my lifetime. But often not were you expected it, and not when or where the experts predicted it. So again, you'll forgive my skepticism, hopeful though I try to remain.
  • kuroshiro

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    Jun 14, 2011 6:15 PM GMT
    It's an interesting concept, but it's definitely catering to the business-only flyers. Even if it was for the "frequent flyer", unless they somehow limit that interactive middle section with a schedule, there will be complaining left and right from little Timmy and Sally. Nonetheless, there are some fundamental design flaws with it that would be interesting to see worked out. Personally I'm not too keen on that virtual open top design there. I'd rather not look outside, thanks. Flying in at night like that would be interesting though.
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    Jun 14, 2011 6:34 PM GMT
    kuroshiro saidIt's an interesting concept, but it's definitely catering to the business-only flyers.
    That's likely because business travelers are moving more toward charter flights for convenience, and the major airlines want/need their business back.

    kuroshiro saidPersonally I'm not too keen on that virtual open top design there. I'd rather not look outside, thanks. Flying in at night like that would be interesting though.
    I fly in a "real" open cockpit.
    It's much more fun that way...beautiful views, and the feeling of "real" flying. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 14, 2011 7:13 PM GMT
    Sweet. Too bad that I doubt it'll happen.
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    Jun 14, 2011 7:29 PM GMT
    Bullwinklemoos saidSweet. Too bad that I doubt it'll happen.

    Hightly doubtful. That kind of design would make the airplane cost way too much in its lifetime, unless passengers were willing to pay an extreme premium.

    I could go into the engineering design parameters of an airplane, but I'll lose about half the crowd. In a nutshell, planes need to be made as economical as possible for various monetary reasons, or else they'd be vastly too expensive for an air line to want to operate. Every airliner cuts corners when it just comes to plane safety in order to reduce cost. Why the hell would they want to add these extra features (unless, as I said, the people paying are really rich and are willing to pay $$$ for the flight). Point is, if airbus makes these features, they'll be hard pressed to find a market from airliner industry.
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    Jun 14, 2011 8:39 PM GMT
    It's a design challenge exercise, just like a wacky concept car. It's not meant to be ready-to-ship.

    Beats the hell out of the (lack of) plans coming from Boeing these days.
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    Jun 15, 2011 3:40 PM GMT
    they nearly went bankrupt with the 380 ...
    imagine this one !
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    Jun 15, 2011 3:42 PM GMT
    xassantex saidthey nearly went bankrupt with the 380 ...
    imagine this one !


    Meh, given the fact that this is a French/German owned company; the French will ask the Germans for money, and then bail them out icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 15, 2011 3:42 PM GMT
    Bullwinklemoos saidSweet. Too bad that I doubt it'll happen.


    + at least not in my lifetime
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    Jun 15, 2011 3:57 PM GMT


    They also ways show these amazing cabin configurations for their new planes, with people lounging around in hot tubs playing pool etc..

    Realistically when the airlines put in the their order they want every available area used to maximise seating numbers as over the life of the plane each one of those seats is worth nearly the price of the plane!

    Although i don't agree, flyers now want low cost and low frills service, and airlines want cheap planes with high flexibility.

    I think the way forward is modularised air craft (like trains) where sections can be be taken in and out depending on the capacity required.
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    Jun 15, 2011 4:03 PM GMT
    There are quite a few ingrained cultural conventions this super plane goes against. I just want to sit still in my crammed seat and drink my little glass of orange juice, dammit!

    Also really? You're that big of a douche bag yuppie you have to practice your golf swing on that 40 minute commuter flight to Scranton?
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    Jun 15, 2011 4:12 PM GMT
    This is just a concept as stated. Whats important to note is that certain things would be carried over. The more obvious carry overs would be light weight materials that would make a more fuel efficient commercial aircraft.
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    Jun 15, 2011 4:34 PM GMT
    forget that crap and just work on making airlines that fly faster for pete'sicon_exclaim.gif
    sake.

    where's the next generation of sst?
  • SomeSiciliano...

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    Jun 15, 2011 4:38 PM GMT

    Thanks for sharing....its like something from Star Trek hooked up with an A330-200 and had a baby.
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    Jun 15, 2011 5:07 PM GMT
    sitting in the front part of that plane would make me so nervous in turbulence...I like to close my window and try to go to sleep when it happens...with this plane you're surrounded by windows...I'll pass.
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    Jun 15, 2011 5:13 PM GMT
    Here's a futuristic concept: Cheap, hyper-efficient air travel from economically and environmentally sustainable airlines that don't try to gouge you for every last penny because they're so deep in the red icon_exclaim.gificon_exclaim.gificon_exclaim.gificon_exclaim.gificon_exclaim.gificon_exclaim.gificon_exclaim.gificon_exclaim.gificon_exclaim.gificon_exclaim.gificon_exclaim.gificon_exclaim.gificon_exclaim.gificon_exclaim.gif
  • daveindenver

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    Jun 15, 2011 5:32 PM GMT
    I'm not going to bitch like others have on here. Even if this concept is not possible structurally or economically, the clip was entertaining. Thx for posting.
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    Jun 15, 2011 6:01 PM GMT
    as a working flight attendant,at last a plane with no over head bins..god i hate them..
    yes u are right, this plane will be built for the wealthy..not the every day folks like the rest of us..
    dont know which will be worse having to deal with a arrogant baster who thinks he is better than me,or dealing with the stupid flying public today,who will not turn off their phones as we are tying to pull away from the gate...

    i believe the only way this plane can and will be built,is if Richard Branson thinks he can get the flying elite public to invest...did anyone notice..where is the cock pit on this plane?
    bring your sunglasses..folks..i didnt see a windown shade in sight...lol
    playing golf in flight..that is a refreshing concept..like to see that one day,or maybe when i take your cell phone and use my wood to send it to the rear of the plane..lol

    awesome video..just maybe one day..who would ever think a Airbus A380 would ever get off the ground,and yet it is now shuttling 530 passengers every day..
    jimmy
  • eddieross69

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    Jun 15, 2011 6:14 PM GMT
    Grrrrr. They really need to resolve the engine problems on the Airbus before they even begin thinking about "future" aircraft.

    I was stuck overnight in Denver because the engine "fell off" the Airbus I was scheduled to take to Germany. Grrrrrrrrr.
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    Jun 15, 2011 6:44 PM GMT
    Design porn lives....,love stuff like this from 1950's Popular Mechanics Mags.
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    Jun 16, 2011 9:50 PM GMT
    Blackguy4you saidforget that crap and just work on making airlines that fly faster for pete'sicon_exclaim.gif
    sake.

    where's the next generation of sst?
    If SST = Sub-orbital Space Travel, then they're already working on that...and it's MUCH faster than conventional flying. icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 16, 2011 9:53 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    Blackguy4you saidforget that crap and just work on making airlines that fly faster for pete'sicon_exclaim.gif
    sake.

    where's the next generation of sst?
    If SST = Sub-orbital Space Travel, then they're already working on that...and it's MUCH faster than conventional flying. icon_wink.gif


    :icon_smile.gif

    actually Super Sonic Transport - a la Concorde.
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    Jun 16, 2011 10:05 PM GMT
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