A recently-granted Airbus patent is causing quite the stir. The company's Hamburg-based design team envisions a variety of cabin arrangments with staggered "mezzanine seating" protruding into the "substantially unused upper lobe of the aircraft fuselage," and most press outlets seem to be unfairly demonizing it, accusing the company of trying to stack us like parcels.
Enter a caption (optional) Enter a caption (optional) Enter a caption (optional)
However, if you take a closer look at the concept, it actually seems to make good sense. If they can make the geometry work and effectively take up dead space in the cabin, while freeing passengers from being placed elbow-to-elbow, it seems this design would achieve Airbus' stated goal of "[guaranteeing] a high level of comfort independent of whether the seats of the passenger seat arrangement are used in their upright seating position or their reclined lying position."
Mezzanine seating forwards Mezzanine seating backwards Mezzanine seating for hypnotists
One variant of the concept has the Mezzanine-seated passengers sitting sideways. That would make take-off and landing an interesting experience.
Enter a caption (optional)
Alas, fellow coach flyers, the concepts as proposed are intended for Business Class. All of the extra materials required to construct split-level seating are of course going to cost money, money that we back in steerage are probably not willing to part with. But it might be fun to watch, during the boarding process, the folks up in Business climbing around like kids on a jungle gym.