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Brief Published: 19 Jan 2017

Airbus Develops ‘Swappable Modules’ Jet Concept

Airbus Transpose

European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has developed a new aeroplane concept that uses swappable interiors to offer a flexible and customisable travel experience.

The Transpose model, developed by Airbus' Silicone Valley innovation team A3 splits the inside of the cabin into identical and repeatable sections which sit on rails within the plane and can be easily switched in and out via large side doors. This quick and simple process would take place between flights to reconfigure the plane before its next journey, adapting to passenger needs with features such as a sleeping module for night flights.

Each module can house anything from a bar or café to a spa or a co-working space for those travelling on business. To avoid passengers facing higher costs, some of the modules would be sponsored by brands, such as a Starbucks coffee shop or a Gordon Ramsay pop-up restaurant.

Based on the design of current Airbus cargo planes, this concept could be officially launched in the next few years.

This revolutionary design is a further example of how airlines are developing techniques to modify and improve air travel to meet the evolving individual needs of tech and experience-savvy modern travellers. To read more about how luxury brands are meeting their needs, be sure to check out our report New Luxury Travel. This is part of our Industry Trend The Future Guest, which explores in-depth what guests are looking for and how brands are addressing these trends.