Anyone who's ever wished for the comfort of their own bed during a long-haul flight will be excited to hear Airbus will soon offer the next best thing. The jetmaker has plans to create beds for the cargo holds of its Airbus SE planes, Bloomberg reports. The beds will lie flat and will be arranged in sleeping berth modules that can be easily installed in cargo holds during long-haul flights, then removed and replaced with typical cargo containers so the holds can be used as usual on shorter flights, CNNMoney reports. They are expected to be rolled out in 2020.
Seat manufacturer Zodiac Aerospace is working with Airbus to create the modules, which will first be offered on the A330 widebody models. The company says they can be built into new planes and older planes can be retrofitted with them. They won't affect the loading of freight and luggage and will be easy to swap in and out, New Atlas reports. Details of exactly how the beds will be used and how much they will cost have not yet been revealed, but they are designed to be an add-on option for passengers, who will still have their own seat on the plane. Sleeping areas could also eventually be offered on A350 XWB models, and Qantas is also considering a similar plan. Cargo holds are already sometimes used for crew rest areas. (Read more Airbus stories.)