Graystorm mentioned the standing room only while flying in his blog… So I decided to research bit about it. Of course, I am a curious person. I want to see what it would look like if they ever have designed one. Turns out, I found two images via Google, and I thought you would like to see what it looks like in a bit. The idea was researched in 2003, but abandoned since then. According to a source, Airbus denied planning the idea of standing room only…
The Airbus official went on to say: “It is not something that Airbus has been working on and if flies in the face of what we’re doing with the A380, which is more room. We can assure you it is not an Airbus idea, we have not talked about it inside Airbus and our customers have not asked us about such an idea.” via [Guardian Unlimited
An evolution of seating
The picture of the airplane you saw in Miss Graystorm’s entry (the link is given in the beginning) is Airbus A380. I heard about that plane. It is the largest airplane. But I was in awe to learn that the plane, itself, can carry 555 passengers. It did not occur to me until now… I always have known that most airplanes can hold 200 to 250 passengers. But over 500, wow…
Now if the idea of standing ‘seats’ is going to happen, it will able to hold a whopping 853 passengers on that plane…Also, I read somewhere said that Airbus A380, depending on the configuration, is big enough to have a casino, nurseries, shops and bars.
In that case, I would not mind standing while flying. Usually, when the plane is in the air, I can unhook the belt, get up and walk around. I would go on a little shopping and drink some martini at the bar (only if they have them, and I will make sure of it.) When it is ready to land, of course, I have to go back to my standing position and belt up.
Will you stand for less room on flights?