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Airbus is making jet lags a thing of the past

Airbus A330 aircraft is owned by many Middle East airlines, most notably Gulf Air and Emirates Airways.

Airbus is partnering with other companies to make specific innovations for their aircraft.

Zodiac Aerospace is one of the companies Airbus partnered with to develop and market lower-deck modules with passenger sleeping berths.

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No more pains in the neck

The modules, which would fit inside the aircraft’s cargo compartments, offer new opportunities for additional services to passengers, improving their experience while enabling airlines to differentiate and add value to their commercial operations.

The new passenger modules will be easily interchangeable with regular cargo containers during a typical turnaround if required.

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Moreover, the aircraft’s cargo floor and cargo loading system will not be affected at all, as the passenger module will sit directly on it.

Geoff Pinner, Head of Airbus Cabin & Cargo Programme said: “This approach to commercial air travel is a step change towards passenger comfort. We have already received very positive feedback from several airlines on our first mock-ups. We are pleased to partner with Zodiac Aerospace on this project which will introduce a new passenger experience and add value for airlines.”

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Berths are coming 

Airlines will initially be able to choose from a catalog of certified solutions by 2020 on A330 for retrofit and line-fit markets.

Offer-ability of sleeper compartments on the A350 XWB airliner is also being studied. The innovation builds on both Airbus’ and Zodiac Aerospace’s experience in producing and integrating lower-deck crew-rest facilities.