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Flexible cabin seat configuration

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000249693D
Publication Date: 2017-Mar-20
Document File: 3 page(s) / 321K

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Abstract

Flexible cabin seat configuration

Abstract

A flexible cabin seat configuration is characterized in that the flexi-seat is easy to handle and quickly removable and variable in the size. A scroll with woven material is integrated into the backrest and one in the armrest. Both scrolls are laterally arranged to the seat row. The scrolls provide the woven material for the "seat pan" and the "back rest" of the passenger seat. The aligned seat parts allow different configurations within the seat space for one or more seats.

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Flexible cabin seat configuration

1. Technical field A flexible cabin configuration in aircrafts allows airlines to react to the booked and required cabin space of a flight. 2. Current problem The airlines need to react instantly to unsold seats to get an opportunity to reduce the loss of revenues. At standard circumstances the airlines have for example a 80% utilization. Unused seats are blocking the space in passenger aircrafts and have no revenues. 3. Problem solution and description of the solution One solution is a movable and resizable seat row configuration to optimize the ability of reuse the cabin space. Especially the blocked cabin space from not sold seats. E.g. the unused seats can be pushed away to the sides of the cabin. In the case seen in Figure A, a cabin layout, it would be possible to install 80% of the seats as fixed and 20% can be flexible seats. E.g. a specific flexible zone in the aircraft cabin is arranged.

The flexi-seat is easy to handle and quickly removable and variable in the size. Today there are many technical woven materials, which are strong enough to resist the load- requirements. A scroll with the woven material is integrated into the backrest and one in the armrest. Both scrolls are laterally arranged to the seat row. The connection of the seat to the aircraft structure is defined by bionic solutions.

Figur A: cabin layout with flexible zone

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The following figures show the different configuration possibilities of a flexi-seat system. The example shows a handmade prototype. Especially single seats and seat rows are shown with one up to three seats.

• Figure 1 shows a seat row fixed or stowed laterally.

• Figure 2 shows the configuration with just one seat.

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