Third Aircraft Interior Innovations 2007
At the Aircraft Interiors gathering, eggheads who know ergonomics and marketers who know mood lighting share prescriptions for making air travel more bearable. Much of the focus will be on coddling premium fliers; with Airbus's A380 rolling out at last, airlines are exploring luxe options for the jumbo jet's first- and business-class cabins (see below). But a couple of new designs are meant to smooth the ride in coach.
If a little more legroom seems scant progress, it might help to know that your discomfort may be in part psychological. Vink will present research that correlates passengers' reported comfort with cabin staff's professionalism. Says Vink: "Pilots who inform passengers very well and flight attendants who have a good-service attitude [make] comfort ratings significantly higher."
A version of this article appeared in the November 2007 issue of Fast Company magazine.