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At the Paris air show, the Italian design company Avio Interiors presented not just the third generation of skyrider seats, but made an offer to low-cost airlines, which will be extremely difficult to refuse…

Controversial semi-erect seat in the low-cost airlines – the inevitable?
Now the topic of discussion was not the half-standing seats themselves, but the benefits of using the new concept. It received the catchy name “ultra-economy class” and represents an unprecedented attempt to squeeze a little more money from the same ultimate resource base that is now.

Talking about the Skyrider seats are conducted for the ninth year in a row. But even such a cynical and outspoken top Manager as the head of Ryanair, Michael o’leary, only praises them and scatters promises, but in no hurry to implement the new product at home. Although, it would seem, the benefit is obvious – in the third modification of the seat system guarantees a 20% increase in passenger seats. For example, a typical Boeing 737 Ryanair after a simple modernization could take on Board 227 people instead of the current 189. A little more fuel costs, but plus 40 tickets sold!

The seat system guarantees a 20% increase in passenger seats
That is, with the price of the ticket London-Alicante about 80 euros, we get a profit increase of about 3000 euros. Every flight! And passengers probably will not be difficult to stand for a couple of hours. Actually, this calculation, the version of Skyrider 3.0 involves the implementation of the ideal capitalist scheme of “multi-class configuration” of the passenger compartment. This is when each unit of the vehicle carries and those who can pay for a normal place, and those who just allowed himself a ticket, and in addition to those who just to get to the goal – in any conditions.

The idea, just the idea, is far from insane. The same Michael o’leary in describing the essence of short routine flights of low-cost airlines compared planes with buses, and half-standing places called “bar stools with seat belts.” They go to the same people from the suburbs to the capital every day in overcrowded trains, and not just standing, and with a heavy bag in one hand, the other painfully trying to hold on to the handrail? That’s right, it all comes down to money – if tickets for such places will be twice cheaper than economy class, passengers themselves will require airlines to rebuild all  passenger seats.

Such places will be twice cheaper than economy class
So why Avio Interiors for so many years can not find customers and even the third version of Skyrider so far no one has coveted? The first and the main stumbling block were the requirements of aviation security. Standing man is much more difficult to reliably, but without discomfort, to fix in place than sitting in a deep chair. He can not take a defensive position, automatically becomes a target for flying around the cabin items. We’ll have to redo the system of falling oxygen masks, because the head is now at a different height. She does not understand where – while people are sitting, they are more less equal and different growth standing people will instantly create a lot of problems.

That’s why from standing places designers moved to semi-sitting. A powerful rack with belts has a symbolic width of the seat – this is not perched, the maximum you can correctly position the body relative to the Central axis of its passenger seat. Legroom decreased from 75 cm to 50 cm and the whole flight legs are in a half-bent position, not actually relax. But attachment of the person to the seat as they are told the rules of traffic, safely. And because it clearly resembles a torture rack, in which none of the journalists voluntarily could not spend more than 10 minutes.

From the standing places of designers went to polysilicon
Recent trends in the design of infantry fighting vehicles and various amphibious vehicles indicate the urgent need to increase the space allocated to one soldier. This is not a whim of the fathers-commanders, and the requirements of the XXI century – people in their mass have become larger, thicker and heavier. The same is true for passengers of civilian aircraft, but the trouble is – people have become even poorer, they are forced to save, including travel costs. Therefore, we cannot exclude that the low-cost airlines do attempt to add a cheap semi-erect places for the sake of attracting a greater number of passengers. And they will endure in these chairs is their personal problem.

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