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SkyRider: New 'Saddle' Seat Allows Airlines to 'Cram' More Passengers

• telegraph.co.uk/travel
The makers say the seat would allow budget airlines, such as Ryanair, to cram more passengers into their tight cabins
 
 
By Andrew Hough
Published: 8:15AM BST 14 Sep 2010
 

The new “saddle” seat, to be unveiled at a conference this week, increases the number of seats an airline can have in its economy class.

The design, named the “SkyRider”, allows just 23 inches of legroom, which is about seven inches less than the average seat's space of 30 inches. 
 
Shaped similar to a horse saddle, passengers sit at an angle, with their weight taken on by their legs. It allows seats to be overlapped.

The seats would also offer storage space including a shelf for carry-on bags and hooks to hang a jacket or a handbag.

The makers say the seat would allow budget airlines, such as Ryanair, to cram more passengers into their tight cabins.

The seat, designed by Italian design firm Aviointeriors Group, based in Latina, in the country's south-west, is to be unveiled this week at the Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas conference in Long Beach, California.

But while the designers claim it does not affect passenger comfort, they say it would only be suitable for flights of up to three hours.
 
 

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Unveiled... more like unfurled!


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