When you’re crammed into a cramped airplane seat, a five-hour trip to paradise can seem like an eternity.
But a 23-year-old may be on his way to changing this, having designed a biplane airplane seat with a surprising amount of legroom.
Alejandro Núñez Vicente, from Madrid, has big ambitions to upgrade long-haul travel with his new Chaise Longue Economy Seat that is suitable for every middle aisle.
Fully extending your legs and reclining to an angle of 125° are both possible in this 1.80 m chair, which allows users to almost ‘lie’.
Worrying about the etiquette of sitting back is also a thing of the past, with no one directly behind to complain about it.
Alejandro Núñez Vicente (above left), from Madrid, has big ambitions to upgrade long-haul travel with his new Chaise Longue Economy Seat that is suitable for any middle aisle.
KEY FEATURES OF THE CHAISE LONGUE ECONOMY CHAIR
- 6ft 2in seat allows you to ‘lie down’
- Backrest reaches an angle of 125°
- More privacy
- More legroom
- Storage space under the seat for those in the bottom row
“On the one hand, the bottom row is perfect for people with reduced mobility or for resting during long flights,” the company claims.
“The seat shell hides completely within the structure for easier entry and exit, and the backrest reaches an angle of 125 degrees (15 degrees more than the current economy class).
“The most important thing is that the passengers can fully extend and support their legs, similar to a reclining position.
‘On the other hand, to access the top row you have to climb two steps. With the same 125-degree angle of inclination, this row gives passengers more legroom and more privacy.’
Mr. Vicente began building his first airplane seat prototype by hand in 2021, using just a “set of planks.”
Since then, major players in the airline industry have stopped to hear about his concept, including Emirates president Sir Tim Clark.
His ideas have even been launched in the Metaverse, with chair models for anyone to view at any time.
“I can say with certainty that I am proud of what I have achieved, but I am even more proud of all the people who have helped and pushed me in any way, because it is only thanks to them that I am where I am today,” said Mr. Vicente. wrote in an Instagram post last June.
Backrests reach an angle of 125° and passengers in the bottom row can stow their luggage under their seats
Major players in the airline industry have stopped to hear about his concept, including Emirates president Sir Tim Clark
His ideas have even launched in the Metaverse (pictured), with chair models for anyone to view at any time
“For anyone who believes that “I work for the airline industry” or that “I just want to make your economy class experience worse to pack more people in,” I can simply say that my goal as a designer is to make economy class better for all those travelers who cannot afford more expensive tickets.’
While the main focus is on passenger comfort, the groundbreaking seats could also provide more room for more passengers on an airplane, he said CNN.
They can be customized to suit any passenger class, with premium designs already lined up to meet the lower middle seat.
“We’ve had people come try it, famous people see the article, and they say, ‘I want to go try it,'” he told the publication.
‘Ultimately, with a double-decker you optimize the space, you benefit from the space that is otherwise just air.’
MailOnline has approached Mr. Vicente for more information on how much the chair will cost, and when and where it will be rolled out.
READ MORE: Chair by chair, scientists reveal your risk of dying on a plane if it crashes
The chance of dying in a plane crash is about one in 11 million, but the chance of surviving depends on your choice of seat.
An aviation expert reveals a 44 percent fatality rate for travelers sitting in the aisle seats in the center of the craft, compared to 28 percent for the center back seats.
Doug Drury, a professor at Central Queensland University, said that because the aisle seats do not provide a buffer on one side, the passenger is likely to be hit by crash properties.
Travelers unable to secure the safest seats may have better luck surviving on the center and window seats of the midsection of the plane.
However, the chance of dying in a plane crash has less to do with where you sit and more to do with the circumstances surrounding the crash.
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