Planes of the future? New designs show double decker rows, ‘underwater’ cabins & floating seats

NEW plane designs have revealed revolutionary changes that could one day be rolled out to airlines.

Double decker rows, floating seats with hand luggage stored underneath and cabins which appear underwater are just some of the exciting plans.

The designs were revealed at the Crystal Cabin Awards 2022, which every year sees experts show off their innovative plans.

One of the designs, called Elevatem, was revealed by design company Teague, working with aerospace firm NORDAM.

The designs show a cabin with a "comfort in a home-like interior" with floating seats, which are instead attached to the all and the aisle.

They said this could even increase space for passengers as it increased the floor space.

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New designs have also revealed double decker seating concept Airsleeper, presented by engineering design company MMILLENNIUMM.

While it's not the first time double decker aisles have been presented, passengers on this particular design could be able to convert all of the seats into a lie-flat bed.

UK airline Virgin Atlantic showed off their new The Booth style seating, which is currently on one of the Upper Class cabins of their A350 plane.

Inside is a lounging circular sofa, which seats two, and has touchscreen monitors and a table for guests to relax it.

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Double decker seats are not a new design conceptCredit: Mmillenniumm Group
MMILLENNIUMM revealed how they could become lie flat bedsCredit: MMILLENNIUMM

And Lufthansa Technik, part of the German Lufthansa airline, revealed a private jet design called Explorer.

The plane's main feature is the project ceiling which can replicate underwater scenes, or a city skyline views.

There are eight categories in the Crystal Cabin Awards – Cabin Concepts, Cabin Systems, Health & Safety, IFEC & Digital Services, Material & Components, Passenger Comfort, Sustainable Cabin, and University.

A jury of 28 expert will judge the finalists, who will then pitch the ideas at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg with the winners announced in June 14.

Last year's Crystal Cabin Awards saw designs including self-cleaning toilets, anti-jet lag lighting and zero waste play trays.

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British design firm PriestmanGoode unveiled their "Pure Skies" designs to reinvent both economy and business class seating.

Featuring full divider screens, staggered seats and the removal of in-flight entertainment systems, they could be here in the next few years.

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