Anyone who has ever boarded—and then disembarked—from a plane will be all too familiar with the terminally endless process of waiting behind an endless queue of people putting their baggage away and trying to reach their seat—which is often a frustrating couple of rows down.
One German designer, Urgur Ipek, of Urgur Ipek Design, has come up with a revolutionary new design for aircraft cabins, arguing that their current shape is responsible for the current headache that faces all travelers boarding a plane.
Instead of the cylinder shape that airline passengers are familiar with, the inspirational German design takes its lead from a cigar. The modular concept features an “anti-blocking aisle”, which is wide enough for two people to pass without getting uncomfortably close—considerably reducing discomfort and speeding up the boarding process. As per the cigar shape, the cabin is tapered to a narrower angle towards either end of the plane, allowing for the external body of the aircraft to remain unchanged.
Since the center of the plane is where the vast majority of passenger bottlenecks take place, the cigar allows for more room—allowing people to pass, place their bags into the overhead cabinets and settle without holding up a number of people either side of them—particularly if the aircraft is being loaded from both the front door and the back.
The design is clearly a win for the traveler, and Ipek’s ideas don’t stop there. He also proposes a single double-door entry at the center of the plane which would “open up” the plane and allow for even speedier boarding. Airline engineers and manufacturers such as Boeing and Airbus may find this trickier to implement, however, with the traditional fuselage design featuring only single doors—and a double door’s potential to weaken the integrity of the aircraft’s structure.
Despite these issues, Ipek’s design has received positive feedback from many aviation workers. Although there are no development plans in action now from any of the manufacturers, many have applauded the idea—and Ipek’s industry links could mean that the cigar cabin isn’t just a pipedream—but a part of the futuristic airliner of the next few decades.
More information about the system and designer Ugur Ipek can be found here.
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