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The airline seats of the future: Mesh lounge chairs, personal overhead bins

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Improving something as small as the fabric of seats could have impressive impact on the comfort of economy class, but airlines will be hesitant to invest in the potentially expensive experiment.

— Samantha Shankman

What if your economy-class airline seat could feel nearly as luxurious as first class?

AirGo (so named because of the similarity to the word ergo, as in ergonomic airline seating) is the brainchild of Alireza Yaghoubi, a Malaysia-based engineer who entered the design to the James Dyson Award, an international student design award running in 18 countries.

With AirGo, Yaghoubi said, every passenger has a minimum personal space which cannot be occupied when other passengers recline their seat. The screen and the tray table are now under the passenger’s full control. The seat pitch has been increased to 41 inches, but has been designed in a way to occupy floor space minimally.

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