If you’ve always wanted more legroom on a flight, we’ve got good news and bad news for you.
The SkyRider 2.0 has been developed by Aviointeriors, an Italian aircraft cabin designer and manufacturer.
The company — in business since 1972 — describes itself as one of the leading aircraft seat manufacturers in the world, with over a dozen high-end designs for First, Business and Economy class air travel.
Their latest design of the SkyRider 2.0 looks more like a stand-up roller coaster ride than an aeroplane seat design.
The seats — if you can call them that — holds passengers in an upright position, so you’ll be getting way more legroom.
What you won’t be getting?
Pretty much everything else, it seems.
“The design of this seat enables to increase the passenger number by 20% allowing increasing profits for airline companies”, an Aviointeriors spokesperson explains.
“Furthermore, Sky Rider 2.0 weighs 50% less than standard economy class seats and the reduced number of components enable minimum maintenance costs”.
The seats are connected to the ceiling of the cabin and floor with a bar to support your weight at the feet, and, according to Aviointeriors, maintain “adequate comfort”.
In other words, we’ll all be paying for First Class to avoid these seats in the future.
The Points Guy tried these seats first-hand at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg and while he found that he had his knees “firmly planted against the seatback for the entire time in the rear row”, he still wouldn’t rule out booking a vertical seat on a flight in the future.
But fear not — no airline has come forward (yet) to install these into their fleet.
Not even Ryanair’s CEO Michael O’Leary who, back in 2010, announced that his airline would introduce standing-room-only areas on Ryanair planes.
That’s a relief.
There’s also something else to feel relieved about, which The Points Guy noted in his review of SkyRider.
Since aircrafts are certified to carry only a certain number of passengers at a time, SkyRiders will never occupy every row on a plane. Just some. But… probably the economy sections which most of us fly now.