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Airbus, Zodiac propose sleeper modules
Passenger module mockup. © Airbus Zodiac

Airbus, Zodiac propose sleeper modules

Airbus and Zodiac Aerospace have partnered to develop and market lower-deck modules with passenger sleeping berths designed to fit inside the aircraft's cargo compartments.

Airbus and Zodiac Aerospace have partnered to develop and market lower-deck modules with passenger sleeping berths for A330 and A350 widebody aircraft. The modules, which would fit inside the aircraft's cargo compartments, are designed to offer new opportunities for additional services to passengers, improving their experience while enabling airlines to differentiate and add value for their commercial operations.

The new passenger modules will be easily interchangeable with regular cargo containers during a typical turnaround if required. The aircraft's cargo floor and cargo loading system will not be affected at all, as the passenger module will sit directly on it.

In addition to sleeper modules, the partners are also exploring units configured for children's activities, medical care, conferences and lounge areas.

By 2020, airlines will be able to choose from a catalogue of certified solutions, initially on the A330 for retrofit and line-fit markets. The feasibility of sleeper compartments on the A350 XWB airliner is also being studied. The innovation builds on the two partners' experience in producing and integrating lower-deck crew-rest facilities.

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