The design of the “economy seat” for passenger planes, designed by Alejandro Nunez Vicente, 21, of the Technical University of Delft in The Hague, the Netherlands, has drawn attention under epidemic conditions. Vicente, in a written statement to Demirören News Agency (DHA), said the design offers more space for passengers, which may be a more suitable option for traveling in the Kovid-19 outbreak.
Vicente, who came from Madrid, the capital of Spain, to the Technical University of Delft in The Hague, the Netherlands with a student exchange program, came up with a concept that can make traveling easier by passenger plane during the epidemic period. Stating that he saw an aircraft seat design project called ‘Flying V’ when he came to the Netherlands and was very impressed with it, Vicente said he had met the team that made this design and took the first steps in designing the lounge chair.
Especially during the outbreak, the decrease in the number of flights, as well as the decrease in the number of passengers due to restrictions and bans, prevented airlines from working efficiently and caused financial damage. In a statement regarding the details of its design, Vicente said: “The design of the seat (seat, backrest and headrest) remained the same throughout the project, but it is more suitable for flights during an epidemic. because it leaves more space between the passengers and positions them at different heights. “
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Commenting on his design based on airplane seats, Vicente said, “The lounge chair design uses vertical space inside the passenger cabin to create more space for the two-story seats. The design is divided into two rows: the lower row and the upper row, which is reached by climbing 3 steps. The lower row. “It gives passengers the benefit of being able to stretch their legs, similar to a relaxing lounge chair experience. On the other hand, the top row provides an SUV experience because you’re higher up, and it’s possible to stretch legs comfortably thanks to the larger legroom that comes from the two rows being at different heights. “
THE FLIGHTS HE PERFORMED WERE A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION
Designer Vicente said he had made numerous flights as an international student and these flight experiences awakened the designer in him. Vicente said: “First of all, as a young international student, I have had the opportunity to travel several times, mainly in economy class seats. These experiences awakened the designer in me because I thought it would be possible to travel more comfortably (with more legroom) because the solution is vertical on the plane. “It was about using the space and redesigning the luggage compartments to suit the design of the seats.”
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“MORE SUITABLE FOR TRAVELING IN THE COVID-19 EPIDEMIC”
Vicente said passengers showed great interest in the design during the Kovid-19 outbreak and that the design could offer passengers more opportunities as part of protection against the virus. Vicente continued:
“One aspect of seat design that has become very relevant and useful when the pandemic begins is that the seat can be removed and installed. One of the advantages of the modularity of this design is that passenger cabins can also be used as a Cargo storage compartments. This COVID -19 era proved that commercial aircraft must be adaptable for cargo when needed. On the other hand, the seating design remained the same throughout the project, but it is more suitable for flights in times of pandemic because it leaves more space between passengers and positions them at different heights.