An English design company has created a business seat for narrowbody planes as more airlines fly them across the Atlantic — meet ACCESS

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Factorydesign ACCESS Business class seats.Factory design

  • The British company Factorydesign has created an innovative business class seat for narrow-body aircraft.

  • The lounger, known as ACCESS, allows passengers to walk directly from the window seats to the aisles.

  • ACCESS is a hybrid solution for airlines struggling to choose a 2×2 or 1×1 business class configuration.

Narrow-body jets are becoming more popular on transatlantic travel, and airlines are recognizing the cost benefits of flying smaller, more fuel-efficient planes between pairs of less demanding cities.

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Airlines such as JetBlue and United have already flown single-passage jets such as the Airbus A321 and Boeing 737 MAX between the United States and Europe, offering both economy-class and business-class products on board. ..

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Due to the long haul of these flights, deep gusset travelers are looking for comfortable premium seats with the facilities found on many wide-body jets, including direct access to aisles.

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However, there is one problem. The fuselage of the A321 and MAX is slim, with less space for business class seats.

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This will require airlines to choose whether to relinquish access to direct aisles in a 2×2 configuration, such as Singapore Airlines’ new Boeing 737 MAX Business Class seats …

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… Or, configure your cabin in a 1×1 configuration with direct access to the aisle, like the JetBlue A321LR Mint Seat. However, using this option reduces the number of Business Class seats available, resulting in a reduction in the number of high-income passengers.

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Recognizing the need for a product that can be installed in a 2×2 configuration and has direct access to the aisles, the UK design firm Factorydesign created the solution.

Factorydesign ACCESS Business class seats.

Factorydesign ACCESS Business class seats.Factory design

Source: Factorydesign

Named ACCESS, the company’s design is a 47-inch reclining seat that gives all travelers access to the aisle.

Factorydesign ACCESS Business class seats.

Factorydesign ACCESS Business class seats.Factory design

Source: Factorydesign

The company does this by leaving space between the two loungers to allow passengers by the window to walk to the aisle via a fixed path behind the adjacent seats.

Factorydesign ACCESS Business class seats.

Factorydesign ACCESS Business class seats.Factory design

Source: Factorydesign

According to Factorydesign, this product prioritizes cabin density by creating deep reclining rather than flattening the seat, providing 25% more capacity than a 1×1 configuration.

Factorydesign ACCESS Business class seats.

Factorydesign ACCESS Business class seats.Factory design

Source: Factorydesign, Runway Girl Network

“There is strong industry opinion that long-haul single-aisle aircraft will be an important growth area,” he said on the company’s website. “The increased flexibility and route efficiency that these aircraft can offer in response to the effects of a pandemic has also increased interest in these aircraft.”

Factorydesign ACCESS Business class seats.

Factorydesign ACCESS Business class seats.Factory design

Source: Factorydesign

ACCESS offers a large tray table in front of passengers …

Factorydesign ACCESS Business class seats.

Factorydesign ACCESS Business class seats.Factory design

Source: Factorydesign

… and additional storage space to the right of the window seat.

Factorydesign ACCESS sheet.

Factorydesign ACCESS sheet.Factory design

In addition, it also features a fixed-back “lazy-Z” reclining that occurs inside the shell, so passengers do not lean on the chair behind.

Factorydesign ACCESS Business class seats.

Factorydesign ACCESS Business class seats.Factory design

Source: Factorydesign

If the pitch is 47 inches, the airline can install 40 ACCESS seats in the A321LR cabin. The number of seats can be increased to 44 at a 44-inch pitch and 48 at a 40-inch pitch.

Factorydesign ACCESS sheet.

Factorydesign ACCESS sheet.Factory design

Source: Factorydesign

The company’s 40-inch variation, known as ACCESS-HD, was created after feedback from airlines revealed the need for even higher density seats.

Factorydesign ACCESS sheet.

Factorydesign ACCESS sheet.Factory design

Source: Factorydesign

Unlike the original ACCESS, the HD version provides an in-arm tray table …

Factorydesign ACCESS sheet.

Factorydesign ACCESS sheet.Factory design

Source: Factorydesign

… and a fixed back reclining that points the window sheet straight forward rather than diagonally. According to Factorydesign, this orientation “increases the passenger’s sense of separation between the window and the aisle.”

Factorydesign ACCESS sheet.

Factorydesign ACCESS sheet.Factory design

Source: Factorydesign

On the other hand, both variations have the option of adding a privacy panel between the seats …

Factorydesign ACCESS sheet.

Factorydesign ACCESS sheet.Factory design

… the closed door between the lounger and the aisle …

Factorydesign ACCESS sheet.

Factorydesign ACCESS sheet.Factory design

Source: Factorydesign

… or fill the gap with a large center console between the seats. This is suitable for couples traveling together.

Factorydesign ACCESS Business class seats.

Factorydesign ACCESS Business class seats.Factory design

Source: Factorydesign

Other features of ACCESS and ACCESS-HD loungers include an optional TV screen …

Factorydesign ACCESS Business class seats.

Factorydesign ACCESS Business class seats.Factory design

Source: Factorydesign

… Privacy Wing …

Factorydesign ACCESS sheet.

Factorydesign ACCESS sheet.Factory design

Source: Factorydesign

… a large armrest that can also be used for snacks, drinks and cocktails …

Factorydesign ACCESS sheet.

Factorydesign ACCESS sheet.Factory design

Source: Factorydesign

… and additional storage under the armrests.

Factorydesign ACCESS sheet.

Factorydesign ACCESS sheet.Factory design

ACCESS is not Factorydesign’s first aircraft seat concept. The company is a popular vantage seat found on airlines such as Delta Air Lines and is known for its contributions to the aviation industry …

Thompson Aero Vantage XL.

Thompson Aero Vantage XL.Factory design

Source: Factorydesign

… And Scandinavian Airlines.

Thompson Aero Vantage XL.

Thompson Aero Vantage XL.Factory design

Source: Factorydesign

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