Very few of us can stand flying economy, but that’s about to become a pun on words. With China’s Spring Airlines’ new proposition to increase capacity by up to 40% on short-haul flights, the budget carrier announced its interest in a seat design called SkyRider, which are semi-standing, saddle-style, vertical seats.
The SkyRider seats are designed to force passengers to bear some of their weight on their legs, with their backs “rested” against the seatback directly ahead. Much like a roller coaster at an amusement park, seatbelts on these SkyRider “seats” secure the passenger by the shoulders and upper body, instead of across the hips/lap.
While normal domestic economy seats usually have a pitch (the distance between your seat and the seat in front of you) of around 30″, this new engineering features a pitch of only 23″ – talk about a tight squeeze!
Just curious, would you ever consider flying in a “vertical standing seat?” if it truly was offered as a discount? If so, exactly how much of a discount in fare would it take for you to bite the bullet?