kurt
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Boeing's Bunk Beds For All

Thu Apr 21, 2005 7:15 am

This looks like an interesting idea. From "The Australian":

US plane-maker Boeing is striking a blow for the common air traveller with a novel proposal to introduce beds for economy-class passengers.

The aerospace giant is talking to airlines about a new version of its successful jumbo jet and a proposal for the installation of bunks in empty space above the passenger cabins.

The company's "sky suites" would offer up to 14 first-class, 24 business-class or 40 economy-class sleeping berths in the overhead space.

Full article here:

Boeing finds room to go flat-out
 
FriendlySkies
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RE: Boeing's Bunk Beds For All

Thu Apr 21, 2005 7:18 am

This is an interesting idea...and would make it that much more competitive with the A380 I suppose. But airlines might try to sell just the berths, which could become a problem...
 
ktliem@YVR
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RE: Boeing's Bunk Beds For All

Thu Apr 21, 2005 7:23 am

I remember Boeing proposed the same thing for their first version of the 747 advanced. Nothing new here.

I think the timing of the article is more important that the content. It has all to do with distracting the public from news about the A380.
 
concentriq
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RE: Boeing's Bunk Beds For All

Thu Apr 21, 2005 7:28 am

The original TU-104 had bunk beds instead of seats: 4 in the suite (kinda like on the train's sleeper cabin: 2 upper & 2 lower). Might be wrong, but I do recall seeing a picture somewhere and my father, who flew in one, telling me.
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fbgdavidson
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RE: Boeing's Bunk Beds For All

Thu Apr 21, 2005 7:32 am

Can you say Boeing 377?

Why would First and Business need beds? The majority of seats if they don't already, will soon be flat beds..

I did once wonder why Y class seating wasn't replaced with Japanese style booths stacked floor to ceiling.....a lot of wasted air space in Y cabin.
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atmx2000
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RE: Boeing's Bunk Beds For All

Thu Apr 21, 2005 7:33 am

Would these beds have seat belts or other restraints? Otherwise it would seem that it could potentially increase airline and manufacturer liability if a passenger gets injured during turbulance.
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redflyer
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RE: Boeing's Bunk Beds For All

Thu Apr 21, 2005 8:09 am

Interesting but I agree with ktliem@yvr. It's the timing, not the substance, that is important here.
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