Left Menu
Development News Edition

Airline passengers want to see barriers to boost confidence - industry execs

"The passengers should feel safe in an aircraft cabin, but they need to see actions." Tan Hean Seng, a senior executive at Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd, said airline customers, fearing cost increases, did not seem interested putting fewer seats in economy class.

Reuters | Updated: 24-09-2020 09:53 IST | Created: 24-09-2020 09:27 IST
Airline passengers want to see barriers to boost confidence - industry execs
Representative image Image Credit: Pixabay

Airline passengers want visible plastic barriers in the cabin to reinstill confidence in flying during the pandemic, saying they do not all trust industry assurances about high air quality onboard, aviation industry executives said on Thursday. Other pandemic-related trends could include more private business class seating on narrowbody planes, adding touchless lavatory features and permanent conversions of passenger planes to freighters, according to a panel at the MRO Asia-Pacific conference held online.

Embraer SA is studying reusable and disposable plastic barriers for its regional jets, but challenges include making sure they are lightweight, not flammable and do not affect aircraft cleaning and evacuation, said Lais Port Antunes, a business development manager in the planemaker's Asia-Pacific division. "Modern aircraft are already equipped with excellent technology to filter the air," she said. "The passengers should feel safe in an aircraft cabin, but they need to see actions."

Tan Hean Seng, a senior executive at Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd, said airline customers, fearing cost increases, did not seem interested putting fewer seats in economy class. But, he added, the airline still needed to reassure them about risk. "Having a shield between the seats, the passengers may feel safer, especially during mealtimes when passengers take off masks and there is potential contamination," Tan said, adding his company had developed a prototype.

In business class, airlines are already expressing more interest in lie-flat seating options as they look to use narrowbody planes on longer routes, Boeing Co Vice President of Specialty Products and Services Kate Schaefer said. "There is an awful lot of interest in those premium passengers in having a pod-type solution," she said. "There is going to be a lot of interest in pods, doors and staggered seating."


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

New farm bills in India: Focusing on farms or farmers?

... ...

Kenya’s COVID-19 response: Chaos amid lack of information

Confusing numbers and scanty information on how effective curfews and lockdowns have been in breaking transmission have amplified coordination and planning challenges in Kenyas response to COVID-19. Without accurate data, it is impossible t...

Farkhad Akhmedov: Calculating the price of impunity from the law

In insistences such as the battle over the Luna, Akhmedov has resorted to extreme legal machinations to subvert the High Courts decision and keep his assets from being seized. ...

Guinea’s elections hearken back to the autocracy and violence of its past

... ...

Videos

Latest News

IPL 13: Enjoyed Shreyas Iyer's wicket the most, says Varun Chakravarthy

After registering an emphatic 59-run victory over Delhi Capitals, Kolkata Knight Riders KKR spinner Varun Chakravarthy on Saturday said that among his five-wickets, he enjoyed Shreyas Iyers wicket the most. Delhi Capitals failed to chase a ...

Case registered against Bengali militant outfit for issuing threat to KSU: Meghalaya Police

A case was registered against an armed Bengali militant outfit on Saturday for threatening to wage war against the Khasi Students Union KSU and the indigenous people of Meghalaya, police said. The United Bangal Liberation Army sent the thre...

AAP workers detained on way to gherao BJP office

Several Punjab AAP leaders and volunteers were detained by the Chandigarh Police while on their way to lay siege to the BJP office in Sector 37 here on Saturday. They were protesting against the statement of national BJP president J P Nadda...

Motor racing-Honda option is Plan A for Red Bull if F1 engine rules are frozen

Red Bulls preferred option would be to take over Hondas engine after the Japanese manufacturer pulls out of Formula One at the end of 2021, but the rules would have to be frozen to make it affordable, team boss Christian Horner said on Satu...

Give Feedback