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Brief Published: 9 Jul 2015

Breakout: In-flight Workspace

A new airline seating concept provides a flexible cubicle that enables executive travellers to comfortably shift between work, rest and relaxation. The design has been created by US-based airplane interior manufacturer B/E Aerospace.

Unlike conventional airline seating, the design avoids passengers having to use a single seat for all functions throughout the flight. It aims to create an environment more akin to a regular living or office space, providing a transitional space that greatly improves in-flight productivity – echoing the sentiment of the Mercedes-Benz autonomous car concept that provides a lounge-like space for travellers.

A sliding counter can be used as a corner desk with a pull-out chair for those wanting a more formal environment while working. The counter can also be moved to provide a tabletop for entertainment or eating, while lounging in the reclining armchair. Crossing the bridge between relaxation and work, the accompanying footstool also doubles as a second seat for in-flight meetings with fellow travellers. For rest during the journey, the seat can be slid all the way back to make way for a full-width bed. The high walls of the cubicle provide privacy.

As highlighted in Digital Nomads, there is an increase in the number of people, particularly younger workers, who are looking to work across the globe and desire flexibility in their work and lifestyles. Alongside adaptable offices, as highlighted in The Living Workspace, we are also seeing this approach spread into retail and hospitality environments. See Commuter Commerce for further insight.

For more developments within the aeronautical industry, see our coverage of Berlin Air Show 2014.