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Airbus has partnered with Zodiac Aerospace to develop lower-deck passenger sleeping berths, which will be included in its catalogue of certified solutions by 2020.

Initially, on the A330, the modules will fit inside the aircraft’s cargo compartment and will be interchangeable with regular cargo containers during turnaround, if required. The modules will not affect the aircraft’s cargo floor and cargo loading system, as they will be designed to sit directly on top of it.

Geoff Pinner, head of Airbus cabin and cargo programme, said: “This approach to commercial air travel is a change toward passenger comfort. We have already received very positive feedback from several airlines on our first mock-ups. We are pleased to partner with Zodiac Aerospace on this project which will introduce a new passenger experience and add value for airlines.”

Once on the catalogue, airlines will be able to have A330s retrofitted and line-fitted with the sleep modules. Sleeper compartments on the A350 XWB are currently being studied. 

Christophe Bernardini, ceo of Zodiac Aerospace Cabin Branch, said: “We are delighted to work with Airbus on this new and innovative project, which reaffirms our expertise in lower-deck solutions. An improved passenger experience is today a key element of differentiation for airlines.”

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