Francesca Street, multi-award-winning chronicler and blogger for CNN’s travel column, smiles a little tightly as she settles into the not-too-comfortable bunk seats designed by Spanish designer Alejandro Núñez Vicente for low-cost airlines. At the last Aircraft Interiors Expo (Aix) in Hamburg, the industry’s most important, the ‘gimmick’ nicknamed the Chaise Longue was unveiled and now we’ll have to see what the companies will think of doing who’s been hoping for a fresh start , at the latest after the two years of numerous pandemics, while Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and the rise in fuel prices weigh on the launches.
No need to wrinkle your nose at that, because in the end what counts is the price you could put on this two-story seating where those below can stretch their legs, but with “oven” effect (stove, not “oven”) slightly claustrophobic. These companies’ flights are “short” or “medium” and so the inconvenience of crouching down or climbing the second floor would be short-lived, which would be offset by the savings.The Spanish designer, a precocious and also award-winning designer, says he hasn’t had any particularly bad reviews and that his bunk seats, the design of which has been endorsed by some companies, will allow more people to travel, even if someone taller than five feet can’t stand up when they’re in upstairs lands.
Indeed, Núñez Vicente says that the need to stretch his legs during flight originally drove him to this “long, inexpensive chair,” while the ability to stand effectively is not as common or popular. Also guarantees more space for hand luggage, because then you can not spend so much on the suitcase shipping and save more than on the seat. Wait, did we say “get up”? Yes, and here comes the thunderous suggestion from Michael O’Leary, Ryanair patron who suggested (threatened?) eleven years ago that at least part of its 737 cabin be fitted with standing room, so much so that one doesn’t tire of flying You from London to Dublin or from Paris to Berlin. Despite the enthusiasm of the “promoter”, these non-seats have not yet been installed. Even with low costs, there is a limit.