Melanie Lieberman
October 29, 2014

When I traveled with my parents as a child, it wasn’t uncommon for us to be in entirely separate cabins—let alone sit together in a row.

If, however, you’re eager for maximum face-time with the kids during the annual family getaway, then Thomson Airways’ new dinner-table configuration might be your ticket.

In addition to booths for families, seating as many as six around a table, the UK-based carrier (the world’s largest charter airline) has designed a new concept for couples embarking on a romantic honeymoon or getaway.

This convertible, pod-style arrangement with a table (for charging, mood lighting, and a chilled bottle of champagne) between two seats could appear as early as next year on Thomson’s current fleet, along with snack bars in premium cabins

As delivery for the new fleet of Boeing 737 MAX airplanes nears, Thomson will commit to official plans. 

“Given how much airline seating has evolved…” a Thomson spokesperson said, “We do think it’s very possible that these will be implemented in the next five years.”

Fortunately, for families more like mine, standard forward-facing seats will still be a safe (and solitary) option.

Melanie Lieberman is the Editorial Projects Assistant and a member of the Trip Doctor News Team. You can follow her on twitter at @LittleWordBites.

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