The battle for suitcase space can be a story simply thanks to new cabin technology from Airbus that could see passengers book private space in overhead cabinets.
The opportunity is among a number of options the manufacturer is considering with award-winning cabin technology to now undergo inflight testing on board an A350-900 Flight lab aircraft.
Airbus states that its Airspace Connected Experience will allow airlines to provide a more personalized experience for passengers while improving operational efficiency and providing additional revenue opportunities.
The potential downside is that the system will allow unparalleled control of passengers and what they do while flying.
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The test aircraft elements include prototypes of the connected iSeat (Recaro), Connected Galley (gateway egroup), a remote control cabinet for wireless enclosure , a large OLED display, and the first step in Airbus & # 39; s new “Intenet of Things backbone” that includes an open software platform.
These allow the crew to perform functions such as remote control of seats in standing position or contents and position of trolleys.
The manufacturer states that potential benefits for passengers include a more personalized travel experience tailored to individual needs and preferences.
"This specifically covers pre- and remote ordering of preferred meals, ordering private junk space, setting individual seating positions and a tailor-made inflight offer from IFE, & # 39; & # 39; it's called.
It is predicted that airlines will be able to generate additional revenue through personal retail and advertising as well as new services.
They will also be able to improve operational efficiency by using predictive maintenance, avoiding waste and making crew service more efficient.
"The crews will find a better working environment and more efficient tools, digitally enabled by real-time data from the IoT platform throughout the cabin," it adds.
"A mobile smart device will allow the crews to monitor and operate all components"
Airbus hopes to validate and refine the concepts using A350 Flight Lab, saying they hope to "close the feedback loop" by using customer experience teams by the end of
technology won the Crystal Cabin Award for Best Customer Journey at the APEX Expo in Los Angeles.