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Foldable Seats On Airliners.

Sun Jun 19, 2005 1:59 am

Why was Foldable seats not developed for the Commercial Airliners Similiar to those present in Movie Halls.It would help faster Mvmt of Pax.
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RE: Foldable Seats On Airliners.

Sun Jun 19, 2005 2:38 am

Actually Airbus is working on just such a seat design.

There are issues with seat designs that include the number of G's that it can withstand and crashworthness issues. Also you have to figure out how to make it fold, while not being effected by any bags that are stored under it.

Frankly through there is another issue, a lot of people, may condsider them "Cheap" looking. Lets face it, I have yet to sit in a theatre that the seats didn't feel cheap and lightweight. Not the impression an airline wants to give it's passengers.
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RE: Foldable Seats On Airliners.

Sun Jun 19, 2005 3:15 am

I don't think the cost to do it would provide much benefit. Its a great idea, but with proper employment of aircraft designs you shouldn't really need them. If no one is in the seats next to you, getting in and out isn't hard, and there isn't really that much getting up and moving around anyway. If you use a narrowbody like the 737 or A32S on a short flight, as they were meant for, you will have landed before anyone gets too restless. On widebodies like 767, and Anybus, no one has more than 1 seat to crawl over anyhow. Even thought it is inconvenient to squeeze past your neighbor, it might be even more inconvenient to ask him to unbuckle, move his things, and then stand up... only to do it all over again when you get back. Just don't rub your butt in my nose as you slide past and we'll all be ok.
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RE: Foldable Seats On Airliners.

Tue Jun 21, 2005 7:26 pm

The S-61 has seats which can be folded up an locked out of the way to allow freight etc to be carried and the hostess seat folds like a cinema seat also some super puma seats have folding backs to allow freight/stretures (ps I know these aren't exactly airliners but just my 2 cents).

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