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Seat aims to make flying more accessible to travellers with reduced mobility

The Air Access chair aims to make air travel more accessible to passengers with reduced mobility. — Picture courtesy of ©PriestmangoodeThe Air Access chair aims to make air travel more accessible to passengers with reduced mobility. — Picture courtesy of ©PriestmangoodeLONDON, Aug 28 — As more than 4,000 athletes arrive to London for the Paralympic Games this week, a design studio based in London wonders how air travel conditions for passengers with reduced mobility can be improved.

More than 4,000 athletes from 150 countries are on their way to London to participate in 20 different disciplines during the upcoming Paralympic Games in London starting tomorrow and running until Sept 9.

For the occasion, design studio Priestmangoode has unveiled Air Access, a chair that facilitates air travel for passengers with reduced mobility.

The Air Access chair consists of a detachable wheelchair in which passengers can be transported onto and off the plane, and a fixed-frame aisle seat on the aircraft into which the wheelchair is attached during the flight.

This enables an easier transition from the gate to the aircraft. The wheelchair has a 360° pivoting system that allows the passenger to slide sideways to get up.

Paul Priestman, founding director of Priestmangoode, explains that one motivation behind the design was the changing demographics: “the population is ageing, life expectancy is increasing, obesity levels are rising and passengers with reduced mobility account for a larger proportion of the population than ever before”.

Recently, Priestmangoode designed the cabin interiors for Malaysian Airlines first Airbus A380 service as well as Lufthansa’s entire European fleet. — AFP-Relaxnews