Saddle seats? On an airplane?
One company has developed a new seat with less room and says airlines are considering it.
That's what one Italian company has come up with, CNBC reports. It's developed what it calls the SkyRider, a seat with a 23-inch pitch or less.
A 23-inch pitch means there's 23 inches of passenger space between the seats. That's at least 8 inches less than what you normally get in economy class, writes Jane Wells.
But that's not the worst part. The company, Aviointeriors, says sitting in the seat is similar to riding on a "touring motor-scooter." The pictures (see here and here) make it look like you're sitting on a large bump in the seat.
the Consumerist. "One turbulent flight and we're all asking for ice packs."
The company says its seats are comfortable. "Cowboys ride eight hours on their horses during the day and still feel comfortable in the saddle," a company executive told USA Today. Post continues after video:
But the pictures just don't make the case. After looking at these, I think we'll all be clamoring for the stand-up seats that European airline RyanAir is proposing.
The company says that several airlines -- including some in the U.S. -- have shown interest, USA Today reports. That's because a 23-inch pitch will allow an airline to squeeze more seats on the plane, ringing up more sales. The seats even have some storage space, but not much.
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The company has made at least 4 acquisitions in the space, and few people have paid any attention.
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