Wednesday, September 26, 2007

A Sleeper Economy Class?

Possible cabin layout of an all-sleeper economy cabin of Lufthansa Airlines

At first glance this picture seems it was taken from a dormitory. I found this very interesting photo and article from flightglobal.com as it looks like German flag carrier Lufthansa is studying the possibility of a specialized all-sleeper configuration which will be available for long-haul flights on economy class. The airline is currently soliciting passenger opinions on this I think eccentric concept.

The picture above depicts a possible cabin arrangement featuring fully lie-flat bunks stacked three-high in a herringbone layout on either side of the cabin, with additional berths in a wide central aisle.

I think it's a great out-of-the-box idea, at least in principle. I always want to try out new things and definitely this will be included in my virtual list. One of my concerns is that what will happen to me if ever I'm seated, rather lying on the top tier of the "sleeper" vestibule during a bad turbulence. The longer the flight, the greater the chance a bad turbulence might occur.

And also, I think I can't endure a 9-12 hour flight just lying all the time except for bathroom breaks. And during meals are passengers expected also to have breakfast/lunch/dinner/snack on top of their beds? I know that breakfast in bed is a romantic things for others... but not this time.

11 comments:

VCX90 said...

I think this would be awesome! I would love to sleep comfortably on long flights! I think Lufthansa has a great idea here!

J@n!ce said...

I think lying down is still better than sitting down on long flights. COol one :)

kegler747 said...

@ vcx90: Well, it's out-of-the-box idea and its very unique so Lufthansa will definitely create a demand for this.

@ janice: For me, i want also to lie down during a long flight especially at night. If you're not sleeping u just be contended to stare at the plane's ceiling all the time :)

tutubi said...

i want that one. a flight to europe :)

kegler747 said...

@ tutubi: would like to try it also pero sana yung short haul flight muna para ma-try lang, bka kse di ko gusto :) hehehe

Manila Bay Watch said...

Back in the early 90s, PAL had sleepers like this on the upper deck of Boeing 747 Frankfurt or Paris to Manila leg. Just loved it. It was really fabulous.

Pity PAL didn't survive.

Manila Bay Watch said...

Back in the early 90s PAL used to have that sleeper service on their Being 747 upper deck. Just loved it. Even if company regulations stipulated we travel on Air France, I would disregard it because PAL's sleepers were just fantastic.

Didn't even care to go down and eat - used to sleep my way all the way from either Frankfurt or Paris to Manila.

Pity, PAL had to buckle under - no more long haul flights at least not to Europe.

kegler747 said...

@ manila bay watch: Yup, if I remember it correctly "skybed" ang tawag nila.

The Professor said...

That looks like something out of the beginning of Alien, when they were all sleeping in those giant pods. Something about this seems very, very wrong.

THE ANiTOKiD said...

It's a very interesting concept, bro! Maybe it would look better if the beds were spaced a bit more? What do you think, my friend?

kegler747 said...

@ anitokid: I agree! I hope matuloy itong plan ng Lufthansa. Meron din dati ganyan ang Philippine Airlines they called "skybed" but it was only for 1st class passengers.