Best Economy-Class Innovations
Courtesy of Qantas
Economy-Class Innovation: More comfortable seats.
Qantas deeded all its design needs to industrial icon Marc Newson—and he hasn’t forgotten about economy passengers or the little details that can make a big difference. On the A380, seats have movable bases that recline as the back does, making for a smoother nap. But his canniest tweak is a new riff on the footrest. Newson strung a net from the seat like a foot hammock. It’s surprisingly comfy and a great prophylactic against deep vein thrombosis as it keeps circulation flowing.