With technology changing the face of the travel industry every single day, Travel Management company Gray Dawes Group, examine how these changes might directly impact and benefit individual travellers.

Within the industry recently there’s been a great deal of talk regarding the flying experience and how this can be improved. To improve the overall user experience, focus needed to be brought to the interior design – whilst the outer shell of the aeroplane has stayed fairly consistent since it’s initial design – the inside of the plane is constantly evolving to meet the ever-changing needs of today’s flyers.

Let’s take a look at how different your flying experience could be in the near future!

It’ll be cleaner than ever before.

Have you ever caught a cold after flying? Aeroplanes have long been a common place to catch germs, not only due to the re-circulating air onboard but also the germs that settle on seats. Those of us who travel often know all too well how easy it can be to catch a cold or virus after a long-haul or even short-haul flight.

Thankfully, Recaro Aircraft Seating, may have found a solution. Their team are currently developing an aircraft seat which is infused with a disinfectant powerful enough to destroy every single germ that comes into contact, within seconds. Recaro have developed this seat in response to recent studies which have shown how germs in aircrafts are present on almost every single surface.

Self-cleaning seats are promised to debut two years from now and will be initially rolled out in business class. Would the promise of a bacteria-free seat be enough to convince you to upgrade your next plane ticket – even just for a short-haul flight?

Twice the size TVs.

British Airways have recently unveiled their brand-new World Traveller Plus & World Traveller seats on their most recent Boeing 777 fleet, and they include some exciting updates.

Not only will those in the World Traveller seats benefit from an increased entertainment system with four times as many options to keep you occupied, but you’ll be able to enjoy those on a screen which is double the size! Television screens in World Traveller Plus seats will increase from 6 to 12 inches, whilst screens in World Traveller seats will increase from 6 to 10 inches. These screens are designed to respond to gesture control, so can be navigated with a similar interface to using an iPad or tablet.


Other updates to the World Traveller Seats include:-

  • USB sockets to charge electronic devices
  • Bespoke Lighting which can be adjusted to suit the time of day
  • Six-way headrest with adjustable ears
  • Moveable middle arm rests
  • A cocktail table to the front of the plane
  • In-arm tray tables

If you’re flying from Gatwick to Punta Cana, Cancun and Jamaica this Winter, you could be one of the first to enjoy these luxury new seats, before BA roll out the refreshed design across all long-haul flights from London Gatwick.

Maybe you won’t be sitting at all?

At least not if Italian Design firm Aviointeriors have their way. Their latest design was unveiled at the Aircraft Interiors Expo earlier this month – the Skyrider 2.0. In an effort to allow for the increasing demand for budget flights, they have created an aircraft design that “allows an ultra-high density in the aircraft cabin.”

Designed to increase passenger capacity by up to an incredible 20% on short-haul flights, the seat design is less of a traditional seat and more a ‘perch’ as such, consisting of a saddle which curves up between your legs allowing you to lean against it.

Would you be willing to stand on a short haul flight? Or do you prefer to travel in style rather than convenience?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments.


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