In 2018, Qantas introduced the first continuous link between Europe and Australia. The 17-hour long flight like this is only possible because the aircraft manufacturers such as Boeing and Airbus, has spent decades on innovation, including the shape of the wings and more durable and lightweight materials. But to maintain the plane in the air all day is useless if you can’t entertain people in a cramped and boring cabins. Therefore, in terms of enabling wider seats, lamps that preprogramming circadian rhythms, and the air in the cabin, which is more pleasant for breathing.
The project also plans to speed up Wi-Fi. But better hurry up: Qantas plans to conduct 22-hour flight in 2022.
Why are the seats in airplanes are so narrow?
The most precious centimeters on the plane are those on which we sit. Economy air travel makes the most of the passengers to squeeze into places that the average not more than 42 inches in diameter. But for prolonged trips, you may have to return wider seats. Studies of the London sleep center show that the increase in the width even a few inches improves the sleep quality of passengers by 53%. Also, airlines are looking for ways to provide more space for legs. One of the options to upholster the seat backs thinner material.
Why planes such tasteless food?
Qantas worked with nutritionists, developing antimalarial menu for the 17-hour walks from Perth to London. Food, special attention is paid to fresh ingredients with high water content such as cucumbers, strawberries, celery and leafy greens that passengers were not too dehydrated. It helps to reduce fatigue and headaches.
Singapore airlines also rewrite the menu for their 18-hour flight to new York. Products with low salt content maintain hydration of visitors, and contain a minimum of carbohydrates, preventing the rise in blood sugar. Currently, the company is considering the possibility of replacing the potatoes for cauliflower.
Why do airplanes not have enough air?
Ever wondered why you feel tired after a long flight? Perhaps this is due to the fact that most of the aircraft interiors recreate the atmosphere of the Earth at an altitude of 2000 meters, where the thin air makes our hearts and lungs to work extra hard to supply the body with oxygen. Increasing air pressure in most airplanes will cause stress on weak points such as Windows and doors, but Boeing has strengthened its 777X fuselage below the cabin kept the pressure altitude of 3000 m. this Also means high humidity, which should alleviate the problem of dry eyes and itchy nose in transcontinental flights.
Fly and stay with me
Perhaps the easiest way to improve a long flight to help passengers forget that they do fly. Unfortunately, Wi-Fi in flight reaches a speed of 15 Mbps at the most. Airbus wants to improve this situation by connecting improved communications satellites and station of the data transmission. But even if the on-Board Internet will never support streaming, the future passengers can enjoy the excellent options of entertainment. Airbus is experimenting with OLED displays and virtual reality headsets.
Awakening in the night
Our bodies set their circadian clock in accordance with the cycles of light and darkness. Many airlines are already using the strategy of full-color led lighting on long haul flights to keep the passengers awake and the light mimic daylight, and the warm pink tones help the body to sleep. Airbus has developed 17 million combinations of light and color, which go beyond the simulation of day and night. These techniques light therapy simulates various external conditions and can help to synchronize the internal clock of the passengers to the time zone of your destination.
Sleeping on the job
Prolonged routes require multiple crews working in shifts. Pilots on vacation sleeping directly under the cabin or on business class. Duty usually sleep in bunkers hidden on the last rows in economy class. But the place is small, so nobody really gets enough sleep. And Boeing and Airbus are upgrading: wider and longer beds with an enlarged upper space, closed the thick, sound-absorbing curtains.
The majority of aircraft additional cargo bays to hide in their brushing. But few airlines in fact fill the entire cargo space. The Airbus A330 is a whopping 55 square metres — the size of a large apartment. This place can be converted into a hospital or a business centre, a games room, a chic lounge, a yoga Studio or a gym — all for travelers.
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