Are we soon going to fly on saddles?

Airbus has filed a patent on the design of the narrow folding saddle seat with low backseat meant for standing rather than sitting for passengers on short haul journeys.

The seating arrangement is being taken unfavourably by critics as they feel that the worst budget airline will be more luxurious than the so-called saddle seating arrangement. However, this is meant to be a cost-cutting move to make aviation facilities more available for those who shy away from tavelling by plane due to cost.

The upright seats will accommodate more passengers in short duration flights and the designers argue that people who are accustomed to standing on buses and train journeys for 2-3 hours will find the accommodation friendly as the duration of journey will be smoother and faster and at great prices.

There are plans of designing seats in overhead compartments to fit maximum passengers. The saddle format will have four seats in a row instead of three in normal airline flights. The design introduced by airbus is somewhat familiar to SkyRider, an Italian firm of dealing with aviation who unveiled the design in a 2010 expo.

Airbus has no plans of actually producing the saddle seat arrangement soon. It adds that it has merely filed it patent on the design. There are numerous patents filed by airbus but not all are brought to production stage.

Unless there is demand from airlines for such planes Airbus has no intentions of manufacturing the saddle seat plane yet it says.

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