This Airbus Concept Promises a Future of Quickly Customizable Airliner Interiors


There is a standardized image embedded in our minds about what a plane is. Usually, we visualize it to be a long metallic tube in which passengers travel from one place to another via air. Sometimes for recreation, whilst other times, for business purposes. Whatever the destination and purpose, the process we go through is the same. Cramped in narrow seats between strangers, switching through a couple of channels on the TV behind the seat, and eating unpleasant food. It is not exactly a comfortable experience, is it? Airbus knows it can improve the quality of your flight and it is trying to do just that.

Airbus knows it can improve the quality of your flight and it is trying to do just that.

The aviation giant wants to reconsider the entire concept of an airline. Thus, they are introducing the Transpose. The Transpose envisions a passenger aircraft which can have segments modified at will, adapting to the next flight’s needs. It can be modified into a social bar, say, for businessmen returning home. Or it can be modified into a bunk bed for long haul travelers who are looking to sleep their way through the journey.

One point to be noted is that this section of the plane will not have any windows. This is because the modular concept already exists in freight aircraft.

“This is our starting point: iterating on this already modular, but Spartan platform, we’re able to redesign passenger support systems from the ground up to be more flexible, enabling them to be connected and disconnected easily from aircraft,” said Jason Chua, a project executive at Airbus’ Silicon Valley outpost.

“Additionally, we’re taking an ecosystem approach to this challenge, drawing upon expertise and leveraging best practices from multiple industries. With this strategy — starting with a flying plane, and working with a set of best-in-their-field partners — Transpose is both achievable and pragmatic."

Other than the aim of actually providing more comfort to passengers on their exhaustive journeys, this innovation obviously has business incentives as well. Anybody willing to use the module will have to pay extra. Another lucrative point for Airbus would be that it will be able to collaborate with other companies who want to design the modules for the aircraft and to provide different hospitality services within the aircraft.

This innovation could prove to be an attraction factor to many passengers in the future. Let’s see where Airbus takes us with this new concept.