Airbus files patent for bunk-bed style airplane seating

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You know what builders say when they run out of room? Build up, not out. That seems to be the concept embraced by Airbus after the company filed a patent with the European Patent Office for a new airplane seat layout that sees passengers stacked on top of each other.

If you are as horrified by this idea as we are, wait until you see the renderings.

The layout shows a row of passenger seats on one level and another row above them, with room on both levels for passengers to stretch out in a reclined seating position.

“[The patent] proposes to position an elevated deck structure on a main deck floor in the passenger cabin of a wide-body aircraft for providing a mezzanine seating area in a substantially unused upper lobe of the aircraft fuselage,” the patent document states.

There are a number of possible layouts displayed in the patent application, which notes that they might be most appropriate for the business class section. There are significant perks, such as being able to fully recline, but the passengers on the top level would need to climb up and down a ladder in order to reach their seats. This might also create less room for the luggage compartment, which may not please passengers who don’t wish to check their bags for a fee.

Are you a fan of the new configurations? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

View the drawings below:

Shows a side view of the first embodiment of a passenger seat arrangement installed in a passenger cabin of an aircraft.

Shows a front view of the passenger seat arrangement according to Figure 1.

Shows a three dimensional view of the passenger seat arrangement according to Figure 1, wherein supporting surfaces of the seats of the passenger seat arrangement are positioned in an upright seating position.

Shows a side view of a further embodiment of a passenger seat arrangement installed in a passenger cabin of an aircraft.

Shows a three dimensional view of the passenger seat arrangement according to Figure 5, wherein supporting surfaces of the seats of the passenger seat arrangement are positioned in partially reclined position.

Shows a side view of a further embodiment of a passenger seat arrangement installed in a passenger cabin of an aircraft.

Shows a front view of a further embodiment of a passenger seat arrangement installed in a passenger cabin of an aircraft.

Shows a side view of a further embodiment of a passenger seat arrangement installed in a passenger cabin of an aircraft.

Shows a side view of a further embodiment of a passenger seat arrangement installed in a passenger cabin of an aircraft.

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