Airbus (EADSY) is looking to make longer flights more comfortable for customers by partnering with Zodiac Aerospace to develop sleeper modules that can be swapped out for regular cargo containers on flights that don’t need them.
“This approach to commercial air travel is a step change toward passenger comfort. We have already received very positive feedback from several airlines on our first mock-ups,” said Airbus cabin and cargo chief Geoff Pinner.
Airbus’ A330s will be the first series of planes to get the makeover. The first of these newly equipped planes will be available starting in 2020, though the company is also open to the possibility of retrofitting its A350 XWB plane.
Customers will pay for a regular ticket to sit in the cabin area and can pay extra for a bed at a price that has yet to be determined.
Airbus shares were falling 2.69% to $28.56 in afternoon trading Wednesday on weak volume.