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AirGo seat concept aims to up the comfort in coach class

AirGo seat concept aims to up ...
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Flying economy class can be about as enjoyable as being stuffed into a left luggage locker, but Malaysia-based engineering student Alireza Yaghoubi has come up with a new economy class air passenger seat design that departs radically from the one that’s been used since the 1960s. Winner of the Malaysian national James Dyson Award, the AirGo concept aims to make seats less expensive, easier to maintain and as comfortable as the leather and free drinks before take-off jobs up in first class.

Yaghoubi says that the AirGo design was born of his own aggravations with flying economy as a student. Reading reviews of passenger experiences, he noted many complaining of neck pain, poor blood circulation and backache caused by the primitive ergonomics. Passengers also want a consistent experience. That’s a bit of a problem when you’re having the person in front of you pushing the chair back. This not only invades your space, but it also interferes with the fold-down table, makes the chair-back entertainment system less accessible and ensures that using a laptop is nearly impossible.

Different configurations of the AirGo seat
Different configurations of the AirGo seat

Yaghoubi’s concept design for the AirGo Economy Class Cabin is built around a minimalist design that looks more lawn chair than luxury recliner. According to Yaghoubi, the articulated AirGo seat is more ergonomic, less intrusive on other passengers and more economically viable than current designs.

The principle behind the AirGo is that each seat occupies an independent space that doesn’t impinge on the others and offers the same comfort as a First Class seat. The seat consists of two parts. Above is an individual locker for each passenger that replaces conventional shared bins. Attached to this are a tray and touchscreen that are mounted independently on arms that can be easily moved and configured or simply folded away when not wanted.

Under this is the AirGo seat itself, which consists of an articulated frame containing three motors that allow the passenger to customize its position for and hopefully avoid neck and back pain. Instead of cushions, the back support is a nylon mesh that conforms to the body and prevents sweating. In addition, the footrest is an integral part of the AirGo seat rather than mounted on the seat in front.

AirGo Seat ergonomics
AirGo Seat ergonomics

Yaghoubi claims that the AirGo seat would be cheaper to manufacture and maintain. He also says that the AirGo is 200 percent more space efficient than first class and only needs 16 percent more space than a conventional Economy Class seat. That latter part would be impressive in most scenarios, but with airlines seeing every inch not dedicated to cramming in more seats as a loss, that 16 percent may tell against the AirGo.

The video below introduces the AirGo seat concept.

Source: James Dyson Award via Daily Mail

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19 comments
Dax Wagner
There is no way in hell this will EVER be adopted by a single airline.
You can easily see from the diagram that the required spacing between rows is much wider than the 16% admitted in the article. No way that airlines are going to remove rows of income-producing seats to accommodate this design. Why would they purposely lose money? Nice idea, but economically not sound. You have to design something that MAKES the airline money if you want them to change.
Stef Berghmans
It will require a redesign of the roof of the airplane as well. It will have to carry the dynamic load of the passengers.
Bob Stuart
I remember the competition for a durable, fire-safe upholstry material for the existing seats. Nylon was among those not chosen.
splatman
What a load of codswallop. From the drawing I'd estimate he has a seat pitch of about 55 inches. Typical Kattle Klass is 33 inches.
Not only that, but the volumetric efficiency of the individual overhead bins is bound to be less than for one large bin.
If some genius could com up with a seat that gave more room, (for example a tubular frame with thin webbing, like the Aeron office chair), the airlines would immediately adopt it and reduce the pitch by an amount equal to the saving.
If I were this engineering student's professor I'd flunk him, not give him a prize, for failing to consider the basic needs of the client, i.e. the airlines.
Rt1583
Don't forget about the arms holding the tray and TV. Would have to find a way to make them instantly and automatically retractable in the case of turbulence or worse. Otherwise you're dealing with some pretty dangerous clubs.
Fairly Reasoner
Seems as aisle access, either routine or in an emergency, could be problematic with all of that hanging hardware.
Marke
Sounded really interesting until I got to this line;
" ...and only needs 16 percent more space than a conventional Economy Class seat..."
That means less passengers. Quite a lot less.
These few inches/cm they keep carving off economy space are all about fitting in just a few extra passengers.
habakak
The video that is supposed to introduce the seat is completely senseless. It provides no information whatsoever on the seat. It's an animation of which 90% deals with showing the frustration of passengers in the current economy class setup. What a waste of time.
Lewis M. Dickens III
This design seems more interested in solving the entertainment problem than solving the seating problem.
Offsetting the seats with each other would bring the shoulder and arm room that is missing. They could be mounted on the diagonal. to provide the space.
Bill
Kyleiamaflea
It seems the above comments are overly critical and are simply rubbish what is not a bad idea (the need to improve economy seating and provide more flexibility.
Whilst it is a challenge that the seats require more space, airline that adopt this model MIGHT be able to charge 16% more to recoup the cost. On and LHR - MAD flight that would as little as an extra £15 which I would surely pay.
There is also something to be said around weight. Current seats weigh as much as 20kg each. If these are less than that which in theory they may, the fuel saving might offset the reduced seats.
The idea is interesting and certainly merits further consideration.