In an attempt to make air travel affordable, budget airline VivaColombia is considering plans to remove all seats from its planes and make passengers stand! With this move, the airline hopes to cut down the fares by letting more passengers into to the flight, so more working class Colombians can avail it.
The no-frills carrier announced this week that it is adding 50 new Airbus 320s to its fleet to capitalise on the country’s growing tourism market. The new planes will have more seats and lower running costs with the first one going into service at the start of 2018.
As per reports, the airline VivaColombia’s founder and CEO William Shaw said that they were looking into vertical travel options. He said: “There are people out there right now researching whether you can fly standing up – we’re very interested in anything that makes travel less expensive.”
“Who cares if you don’t have an in-flight entertainment system for a one-hour flight? Who cares that there aren’t marble floors… or that you don’t get free peanuts?” he added.
Noting that this concept is not new and airlines have been thinking on these lines for years now. In 2003 Airbus came up with an idea of allowing passengers to be braced in a vertical “seat”.