Airbus files patent for 'saddle' seats

Space is always at a premium on planes and the newest patent filed by Airbus for a new passenger seat that resembles a bicycle seat with a small backrest proves it.

It seems we could squeeze in a lot more passengers if we removed those big padded seats.

Diagram from the patent application

The patent design has no tray table, no headrest and very little legroom.

The seat cushions are shaped liked bicycle saddles, and when the seats aren’t being used, they fold vertically to save space. This cuts down all that “bulk,” as the patent application puts it.

In the description on the patent document, Airbus acknowledges that to increase the number of cabin seats, the space allotted to each passenger must be reduced.

It goes on the say that this reduced comfort remains tolerable for the passengers in as much as the flight lasts only one or a few hours.

To add to the seating comfort of the passenger, the seating device comprises a raisable armrest with an arm rotationally mounted about an axis of the support.

Diagram from the patent application

You can see the full patent application here, but we may not see the seats on any flights soon, though. Passenger cabin configuration is an option left up to the individual airlines.