The Daily Mail wrote about the plane Airbus hopes to unveil in 2050 yesterday. It seems frankly way too ambitious to me, but I sure hope that forty years from now we’re not all piling into 747s like we’ve been doing for the last 40 years.
“First, business and economy cabins are replaced by zones for relaxation in the front, work in the back, and a fully-stocked bar for socialising. Passengers will be able to see everything to the sides and in front of them. So blindfolds might be handy come take-off and landing time.”
“The aircraft’s walls change according to light conditions.”
“There are holographic pop-up gaming displays and in-flight entertainment powered by the heat of passengers’ bodies. The technology could mean travellers might even be able to read bedtime stories to their children back home.”
“Most of the basic technology such as moulding seats and ‘head-up displays’ already exist, but how Airbus plan to make the plant-based, transparent ‘skin’ of the plane remains a mystery.”
Having done 8 trans-continental flights in the last year (which amounts to 1/2 of a month of my life), I will say that the worst part of long travel isn’t how cramped or uncomfortable or even tired you are, it’s how much of your life is just wasted so I really love the idea of being able to really do things while flying.