Ten Things Airlines are Doing to Make Your Travel Experience

Modern air travel has become increasingly unpleasant as airlines continue to shrink seat sizes to fit more passengers on board. This is especially true in economy class but not all airlines are heading in this direction. In fact, many of them are working to increase passenger comfort through new innovations. According to daily news of generation of business leaders from Business Insider, from coach seats that convert to flat beds to cabin filtration systems that produce cleaner air, here are the best ten things airlines are working to make your travel experience, especially when you are taking economy class, more enjoyable. To start with, several airlines have introduced economy seats that can be converted to flat beds and some have taken that even further, for example the Skycouch of Air New Zealand allows for a row of three economy seats to be converted into a flat bed, all with the push of a button. The arms on the seats retract, while the seat base extends and seat belts lengthen to give you space for reclining. Up to two people can recline together by lying horizontally against the wall. Second, Air New Zealand is also thinking about new ways to lay out economy class seating. The Air New Zealand Space Seat, offered on its 777-300 Premium Economy, gives passengers space and privacy with curved, couch-style seats that can rotate so that you can face the person next to you and share a meal or turn away for privacy.

Third, the airlines now offer more leg room in economy class as German aircraft Lufthansa created slimmer seats that are made with a mesh fiber instead of traditional foam padding to allow for increased leg room. Plus, the magazine slits are found at the top of the seat back to give you more knee space. It also offers a premium economy class that features lots of leg room at just a little more than economy class prices. So does Quantas, Virgin Atlantic, and Singapore Airlines. It is worth noting that the premium economy seats on these airlines cost at least a few hundred dollar more than regular economy, but they are not as expensive as business or first class. Fourth is that travelers can use social networks to choose their seatmates. This kind of experience now available at KLM which offers travelers the option to select seatmates based on shared interests or connections through Facebook and LinkedIn. The program launched in 2012 and passengers who are interested connect their social profiles to their booking before being presented with seat maps that show where others who have also shared their information are sitting. Fifth option is that in-flight entertainment in economy class is getting better. Many airlines now even includes the latest movies, TV programs, games, radio programs, and on some there is even a USB port so you can use the system for a personal media player, photo viewer, or PDF reader.

Then, you will find several airlines offer in-flight iPad rentals. This kind of option available with OpenSkies as they offer free iPads for flights from New York to Paris, and Qantas offers the option to stream on your own device or to use their iPads. Seventh option is because airplane interiors are brighter with some Boeing planes even have ceiling panels lit with color LEDs to make the aircraft look larger and brighter. The Boeing Sky Interior includes curving overheard bins, large ceiling panels lit with color LEDs, and LED sidewall lighting that makes the aircraft look larger. United Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, and American Airlines are just some of the airlines that have already adopted the model. The eight option is because filtration and cooling system in airplanes are now provide cleaner and fresher air. The system uses a HEPA filter to clean out bacteria and viruses. Then you will also find certain airlines asked Michelin-starred chefs to create airline meals. Available now Singapore Airlines, they include appetizers like potato salad with baby shrimp, entrees like wok-fried chicken and bamboo shoots in sesame oil, and desserts like strawberry mousse cake. Aside from it, coach passengers are now getting free amenity kits. For example, Virgin Atlantic has updated their amenity kits that include eyeshades with six different sunglass designs with everything from the modern shutters or the Wayfarers. It also comes with earplugs, a toothbrush, a pen, and wipes. This kind of unique amenity kits are also available at Singapore Airlines, Jet Blue, and Etihad Airways.

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