SoulCycle on a Plane? This Airbus Concept Would Have Us Spinning Through the Air
Or maybe this would be more suited to Flywheel.
Your new #flightgoals could include spinning at 30,000 feet.
Airbus’ Silicon Valley-based A3 team, developers of “Transpose” plug-and-play cabins, have partnered with Peleton and Reebok to deliver a state-of-the-art cycling gym to the skies.
The module, revealed at San Jose Airport Monday, would include spinning cycles and a resistance exercise area letting passengers stretch their tired muscles and get the blood flowing on long-haul journeys.
Jason Chua the projects executive for Transpose, says the modular cabin concept has been well received since it was first introduced in December of 2016.
“It was a really good way to start conversation with airlines in cabin,” he told Travel + Leisure during the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg this month. “It opens up possibilities for new types of revenue streams.”
Selling gym membership as an extra with your ticket is a revenue stream that could take off. For a little added ambiance, Chua told us the team is considering ways of making the module walls more lively as IMAX-quality projectors: Imagine SoulCycle in the skies, surrounded by hyperrealistic redwood forest. Adding OLED screens to wall surfaces would make this possible and also resolve some questions about the lack of windows in the initial prototypes.
Though, Chua says, real windows might also be added to passenger seating modules.
This is not the first time that aviation’s visionaries partner with exercise giants to raise our heart-rate over the future of flight. Seattle-based designers TEAGUE worked with NIKE on a proposal which could turn a jet into a fully-equipped exercise and physical therapy facility for star athletes.
Of course, you would not have to get signed with the Sharks to enjoy a health-boost from this new in-flight gym from Reebok.
While airlines may not be jumping over hoops to put in cycles and take out seats, A3 believes they will go for modular cabins because it would make changing plane configurations a much less exhausting (and expensive) exercise.
Then again, maybe airlines will figure out how to make us all cycle fast enough to power the aircraft.