Lufthansa trialing lie-flat Financial system seat idea

(CNN) – With the social distancing that is on everyone’s lips, having your own seat on an airplane has never been more important.

But would you pay extra to split up into a number of economy seats?

Lufthansa hopes so. The German airline is testing its new Sleeper’s Row concept on its flights from Frankfurt to São Paulo, Brazil, from November 18 to mid-December.

The idea is that passengers traveling in economy class can snag a row of three to four seats and then stretch out over them to replicate the experience of a flat business class bed. Travelers are provided with a blanket, pillow, and seat cover to maximize comfort and offer priority boarding.

Interested parties must purchase the upgrade at the airport either at check-in or at the gate for USD 260 in addition to the price of their original ticket.

Innovative economy seat designs

This concept is not new – Air New Zealand has been offering its Economy Skycoach since 2011, a similar premise. Air New Zealand markets the Skycoach as perfect for family travelers. Prices vary depending on the flight.In 2019, Airbus unveiled its Settee Corner concept, which uses the economy three-seat configuration as inspiration for a luxurious, sofa-style reclining seat that takes up less space and weighs less than the average corporate class seat.And earlier this year, Air New Zealand took flatbeds to the next level with improved economy, filing patent and trademark applications for a new concept, “Economy Skynest”. There are six full-length sleeping pods in the economy cabin.In the meantime, designer Jeffrey O’Neill recently presented his futuristic economy seating concept: Zephyr Seat, a double-decker-style seating configuration.

O’Neill told CNN Travel in June that he believed the increased privacy the seat offered would appeal to post-coronavirus travelers, despite the fact that Zephyr Seat is currently in the drafting phase.

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