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Amazing aircraft of the future

While engineers at Boeing and Bombardier tweak their in-flight menus and try to get their business class seats even flatter, those clever folk at Airbus have decided to do something useful, and create what they believe is the future of commercial aviation.

Not content with having created the biggest passenger carrying plane in the A380 – capable of carrying 853 people – Airbus released this concept plane at the 2011 Paris Airshow and predicted this could be the way we travel in less than 40 years.

The plane’s shape is certainly futuristic, however it’s inside where the real developments can be seen: Airbus envisions a future where class divisions disappear. Instead of first- business- and economy class, the plane offers ‘personalised zones that offer flexible, tailored levels of relaxation, interactivity and working spaces.’ In the ‘interactive zone’ there are virtual pop-up projections taking passengers to whichever social scene they want to be in, from holographic gaming to virtual changing rooms for active shoppers. There are holographic pop-up gaming displays and in-flight entertainment powered by the heat of passengers’ bodies. The technology could mean travellers might even be able to read bedtime stories to their children back home.

The most eye-catching highlight of that the aircraft is that it would be built of intelligent membranes that turn from opaque to transparent on command, to do away with windows and provide a panoramic view of the sky. This essentially means you will be flying in a bubble where you will have a 360° view of the world, and where everyone has a captain’s eye view. Not ideal great if you have a fear of flying!

While Ryanair try to remove toilets to cram in more seats, the new Airbus is an ergonomic sensation. ‘Organically-grown seats will sense passengers’ needs and adapt for the perfect fit, while furnishings in the cabin can clean and repair themselves as the result of advantages like dirt-repellent coatings and self-healing covers.’ USS Enterprise eat-your-heart-out.

Pics via Airbus/PA and Airbus.com

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