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Sleeping in the cargo hold? It may soon be an airborne reality


Airline and aircraft manufacturers are constantly looking for ways to push the envelope when it comes to passenger comfort. In some cases that's a 16 inch wide seat with 29 inches of pitch on a transatlantic flight. With others, it's on-board bars and showers.

And now European aircraft manufacturer Airbus is pushing it a little further. If you're willing to sleep in what amounts to the cargo hold, you'll soon be able to do it on some of its new A330s. 

From CNN:

The European airplane maker has partnered with France's Zodiac Aerospace to create cargo sleeper berths for Airbus A330 jets. They'll be available to airlines by 2020.

The mini-cabins -- or passenger modules, as Airbus (EADSF) and Zodiac (ZODFF) describe them -- will sit directly on the cargo floor and will not affect the loading of freight and luggage.

Airlines will be able to swap the sleeping modules in and out of planes in place of regular cargo containers, the companies said.

"We have already received very positive feedback from several airlines on our first mock-ups," Geoff Pinner, head of cabin and cargo operations at Airbus, said in a statement.

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