New concept of “social space” for ultra-long-haul flights launched

Airline cabin design company AIM Altitude has unveiled its ULTRAFLEX interior and evolved concept galley.

ULTRAFLEX is a “visionary lifestyle concept space”providing a social destination on board ultra-long-haul flights, with themes of wellness, fitness and stimulation, in an adaptable environment. ULTRAFLEX aims to make in-flight socialising, dining, working and even exercising possible.

AIM Altitude claim that, while passengers can see the benefits of skipping the traditional stopover, ultra-long-haul flights will not really be an attractive proposition until the flight experience is appealing enough to counter the length of time passengers are cabin-bound. But ULTRAFLEX aims to make ultra-long-haul flights enjoyable and desirable.

The patent-pending ULTRAFLEX provides a visionary, lifestyle social space. Multi-functional destination monuments allow themes of wellness, fitness and stimulation, in a flexible and adaptable environment, to push the boundaries and open new horizons within the world of premium travel.

Zones within the ULTRAFLEX concept include:

  • Flex Booth Monuments – multi-versatile booths, which give the cabin interior key flexibility for the airline and the passenger. These booths can be used in various modes such as relax, dine, wellness and focus.
  • Exercise Stations – a productive workspace with incorporated movement stimulation, ULTRAFLEX has three exercise stations where low-resistance exercises can be performed whilst continuing to work or sit at a desk. These stations encompass a cycle seat, step plates and a massaging muscle-roller, providing an easy and fun way to keep blood circulating well and reduce stiffness and discomfort during the flight. Exercise-released endorphins should improve mood and lessen fatigue. As well as the health benefits, these areas offer a greater degree of privacy, away from the passenger’s seat.
  • Entertainment Galley – to the rear, the units can transform into entertainment opportunities with a pop-up bar for watching live sporting events. A refined rail system allows food displays / bar snacks / glasses etc to be presented easily and securely. This can then be flipped, turning the chilled café area into an exciting cocktail bar.
  • Deli Galley – the forward centre Deli Galley has been conceived to tackle a growing concern that passengers feel uncomfortable approaching a traditional galley monument. They want to interact with a dedicated unit that feels designed for them.
  • Social space – the central half-height monuments are key social pillars linking the floorplan together. Their natural height promotes open standing conversation and social interaction to take place over a wider distance. AIM Altitude has introduced bold perching pads, that mix both practicality and elegance in a familiar, contemporary interior-design styling, as well as cleverly hiding additional half-cart stowage.

These concepts have not yet entered production. But contact your GTM Account Manager next time you need to book an ultra-long-haul flight.