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Airbus unveils the future of flying – 2050

The Vitalising Zone by Day: Vitalising Zone at the front of the aircraft. An intelligent cabin membrane can become transparent to give passengers open panoramic views.

A revolutionary design harnessing the efficiency of bird bone will create a bionic structure cabin for the air traveller in 2050. The ground breaking concept in cabin design will combine key structural strength with an "intelligent" cabin wall membrane that controls air temperature and the ability to transform solid walls and ceilings into open and transparent panoramic passenger views.

Airbus claim the cabin can go even further, with seating moulding to the passenger body shapes, combining the latest in communications technology where travellers could read their children a bedtime story – at home – whilst still in their seat.

Leading plane maker Airbus has unveiled its vision of future flight, one where passengers will gaze up at sunny or starry skies through a never before seen transparent cabin .

The centre interactive zone provides space for social scenarios, such as a virtual game of golf with people on ground or even with passengers in other aircraft.

The “intelligent” concept cabin for future mid-century travellers will identify and respond to their needs, passengers could be transported to the golf course or participate in interactive conferences through the latest in virtual gaming and communications technology.

Airbus’ revolutionary vision of future flight doesn’t end with passenger comfort. In fact last year Airbus unveiled a new concept plane that will set even higher standards in the use of technology to reduce emissions, waste, noise and fuel efficiency.

Airbus are planning another radical shakeup of air travel traditions. Cabin classes will be a thing of the past with new “personalised zones” offering passengers facilities designed to aid in-flight relaxation, harnessing the benefits of mood lighting, air enriched with anti-oxidants and vitamins and alternative therapies like acupressure and aromatherapy treatments.

Morphing seats can harvest passenger’s body heat to power aircraft systems such as holographic pop-up pods as shown here in the Airbus Concept Cabin Smart Tech Zone

Concepts in virtual entertainment and passenger interaction abound aboard the Airbus concept planes of the future. “Interactive zones” with pop-up projections will transport passengers to social scenes of their choosing, whether immersing themselves in holographic gaming or even using virtual changing rooms as they shop on board!

‘Smart-tech’ zones will further extend Airbus’ vision of the future for the functional-oriented traveller, described as "a chameleon-style offering, to meet individual needs ranging from a simple to a complete luxury service, but all allowing you to continue life as if on the ground"

Airbus engineering executive vice-president Charles Champion said: "Our research shows that passengers of 2050 will expect a seamless travel experience while also caring for the environment.

"The concept cabin is designed with that in mind, and shows that the journey can be as much a voyage of discovery as the destination."