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Innovation..., most products and services have
trickle down marketing, that involve introducing
the innovation to the few, and slowly giving
acces to the masses, this is the case for the
seat-bed. Late 2008 we saw an example of an
airline taking the first step to show such an innovaton.
Now... In order for these to work
there are many conserns.
absulutly, this system thinks of every passengers
needs, in these case, older people, tall, large, and
those whom tavel with babies. In order to do this
there are changes in the logistics on how seats are
asigned, giving people with special needs preference
to certain seats that fit their needs.
Traveling culture has changed along the years.
People in the 30´s 40´s and 50´s used to realy dress up to tavel, but as air tavel has becomed more practical. Now a days the idea on how to dress for long houl travel, is the most comportable way such as sports ware. Women do not considre dresses and skirts for traveling on planes anymore.
A very impotant innovation is a third aile, that increases traffic space 50%, This is a crusial element in a vertical seatting configuration senario, first for safety in case of evacuaton, and also for service and passenger comfort.
Is it adequate for older people?
Will women fill comfortable going up the stairs?
How about evacuation procedures ?
How will food be distributed and trash picked up?
Is it hard to get of doble modules?
Converting seat-bed systems are not
new, they have been around since the
1930´s on airplanes such as de DC 3
There are different strategies thought for that
problem. One is, trolies going up and down as
they have done for decades, and a new one;
there is enough space in the modules, to have an
individual garbage disposal that can hold enough
stuff so that maintenance can be done until the
end of the trip.
In todays configuraton it is nightmareish to be on a
window seat with a not so friendly neighbor, asiking for permision can be of great difficulty for a large number of people. With thease seatting system, the neighbor does not have to get up to let the other person out, it may just have to pull up his feet some inches. And that being in a difficult location, it is very easy to get in or out of any seat.
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More on DVT and air travel
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA. Australian researchers have just released a study relating hospital admissions for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) to air travel. They found that 46 out of 4.8 million Australian airline passengers arriving in Western Australia during 1981-1999 had been admitted with DVT within 2 weeks of arrival. Out of 4.6 million non-Australians arriving over the same period 200 were admitted. Thus total hospital admissions for DVT was 26.5 per million passengers. The corresponding mortality from pulmonary embolism (a possible end result of DVT) was 1 per 2 million passengers or 2% of passengers diagnosed with DVT. The DVT rate was fairly low until about age 40 years, after which it increased quite dramatically to reach 140 per million at age 75 years and older. The main predisposing factors for DVT are blood clotting disorders, cancer, heart failure, obesity, leg fracture, recent surgery, infection, and pregnancy. The risk is also increased by conditions common during air travel such as sitting still for long periods of time, dehydration, smoking, and alcohol consumption.
Kelman, CW, et al. Deep vein thrombosis and air travel: record linkage study. British Medical Journal, Vol. 327, November 8, 2003, pp. 1072-76
Editor's comment: International air travel now accounts for about 1.56 billion person trips each year. Applying the Australian findings to this number would result in a total worldwide incidence (based on hospital admissions) of DVT related to air travel of some 41,000 passengers per year and a total mortality of about 780 passengers. Of course, it is entirely possible that some passengers may have developed DVT beyond the 2-week survey period or, in the case of foreign travellers, may have left Australia before DVT was diagnosed.
Other researchers have provided very different estimates of DVT risk related to air travel. Scurr et al at the Royal Free and University College in London, UK estimate that as many as 10% of all air travellers develop symptomless DVT in the calf. American researchers observed that 17% of patients with DVT admitted to hospital developed their symptoms during or after a flight. Considering that the overall annual incidence of DVT (including air travel) is about 48 per 100,000 people, the total number of air travellers suffering DVT would be about 75,000 per year. The LONFLIT study carried out recently found an overall DVT risk of 1.5% among 744 long distance air travellers. All passengers affected by DVT in the LONFLIT study had either cardiovascular disease or used pharmaceutical drugs. Assuming that even as little as 5% of all airline flights are long distance, the LONFLIT data would indicate that over 1 million passengers are at risk for DVT every year. Airhealth.org, an organization dedicated to research into the risk of DVT related air travel, estimates that there are 100,000 deaths in the US alone every year from DVT associated with air travel.
Professor Gianni Belcaro of G d'Annunzio University in Italy, who has conducted a number of travel-related DVT studies, led a team of experts who examined 568 passengers flying between the UK and Italy from May to September this year. The passengers, aged between 25 and 65 years, were screened by ultrasound for blood clots both before and after their flight. The researchers discovered clots in 4.3% of the high-risk subjects after the flight, with two passengers going on to develop pulmonary embolisms possibly related to their trip. Those with an increased risk of DVT are women on the birth control pill and HRT, people who have recently had surgery, and pregnant women. Alcohol also increases the risk. Prof. Belcaro said, "The results show passengers are at risk of developing blood clots even on short flights. In fact, our research suggests most blood clots develop in the first 2 to 3 hours of a journey and grow larger and more dangerous with time". Two of the 568 passengers involved in Dr. Belcaro's study went on to develop thromo embolism so extrapolating his numbers to the 1.56 billion annual passengers would mean that 15 million travellers would develop a clot and over 600,000 would develop DVT.
It is clear that estimates of DVT vary substantially and that there is as yet no consensus as to the magnitude of the problem. Nor does there appear to be a clear understanding of how many clots detected by ultrasound actually end up producing clinical DVT or pulmonary embolism. Until authorities get a better handle on the situation and can provide a realistic risk estimate it would seem prudent to follow the preventive measures outlined in the November 2003 issue of IHN.
1. Scurr, JH, et al. Frequency and prevention of symptomless deep-vein thrombosis in long-haul flights: a randomised trial. The Lancet, Vol. 357, May 12, 2001, pp. 1485-89
2. Eklof, B, et al. Venous thromboembolism in association with prolonged air travel. Dermatol Surg, Vol. 22, July 1996, pp. 637-41
3. Silverstein, MD, et al. Trends in the incidence of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism: a 25-year population-based study. Archives of Internal Medicine, Vol. 158, March 23, 1998, pp. 585-93
4. Belcaro, G, et al. Venous thromboembolism from air travel: the LONFLIT study. Angiology, Vol. 52, June 2001, pp. 369-74
5. Reynolds, M. Deep-vein thrombosis in long-haul flights. The Lancet, Vol. 358, September 8, 2001, p. 838 (letter to the editor)
Only a fraction of the world population gets to see the inside of a plane,
either for traveling on business or pleasure. And of that fraction, an even
smaller number have the possibility to travel in first or business class.
For now those two choices are the only ones that offer seat-beds.
The thing is, horizontal position has been regarded as a luxury when it is
really a basic need.
Ever since the lack of feasibility of the last sleeper airplanes back in the 40´s,
because of the loss of profit, and their rise in air travel demand, airlines have
had to put in as much seats as possible.
About 15 years ago, airlines begun to advertise seat-beds in first class, and
were very well received, a few years later, they trickled down to business class
premium and now business class, of course with the corresponding price.
But, can some day seat-beds reach the economy sector? not in these life
time, with the actual configurations. The only way is to use all the available
space in the cabin, and that is above the seats.
A vertical seating arrangement is necessary for the airlines as well as for the
travelers. But first, the airlines are businesses, and they need profit, to have their profit, they need to carry as many passengers as possible. But there are weight and
space limits. Also customer satisfaction is very important, there are lots of carriers, so they have to carry as many passengers as comfortable or entertained as possible. ABH helps
the airline with that, the ABH concept equals and even elevates seat count while
giving a much more comfortable ride to the passenger. Another important issue
is that there are also a very large percentage of older people who have money to travel, but do not because of the fear of health problems related to circulatory illness, related now a days to long distance air travel in many cases. This is a concern primarily to older folks, but can be also to younger people, since this kinds of health problems appear regardless of age and physical state.
Passengers will also be happy, because they can travel in a much more
dignified, comfortable and healthy manner. Seat-beds should stop being a luxury,
since they are a basic need, for all the mentioned reasons. Luxury should be on
the details, like, leather, crystal, wines, IFE systems (entertainment), attention, etc.
And airlines don´t have to worry about theri fisrt and business customers moving to economy because, there are still many perks to higher priced seats, such as leather, wines, menus, IFE systems (entertainment), attencion, status, etc. Luxury should be on the details
not on the seat-bed.
In medicine, deep vein thrombosis (also known as deep-vein thrombosis or deep venous thrombosis and usually abbreviated as DVT) is the formation of a blood clot ("thrombus") in a deep vein. It is a form of thrombophlebitis (inflammation of a vein with clot formation).
Deep vein thrombosis commonly affects the leg veins (such as the femoral vein or the popliteal vein) or the deep veins of the pelvis. Occasionally the veins of the arm are affected (if spontaneous, this is known as Paget-Schrötter disease). A DVT can occur without symptoms, but in many cases the affected extremity will be painful, swollen, red, warm and the superficial veins may be engorged. The most serious complication of a DVT is that the clot could dislodge and travel to the lungs, which is called a pulmonary embolism (PE). DVT is a medical emergency, present in the lower extremity there is 3% chance of a PE killing the patient. A late complication of DVT is the post-phlebitic syndrome, which can manifest itself as edema, pain or discomfort and skin problems.
According to Virchow's triad, venous thrombosis occurs via three mechanisms: decreased flow rate of the blood, damage to the blood vessel wall and an increased tendency of the blood to clot (hypercoagulability). Several medical conditions can lead to DVT, such as compression of the veins, physical trauma, cancer, infections, certain inflammatory diseases and specific conditions such as stroke, heart failure or nephrotic syndrome. There are several factors which can increase a person's risk for DVT, including surgery, hospitalization, immobilization (such as when orthopedic casts are used, or during long-haul flights, leading to economy class syndrome), smoking, obesity, age, certain drugs (such as estrogen or erythropoietin) and inborn tendencies to form clots known as thrombophilia (for example, in carriers of factor V Leiden). Women have an increased risk during pregnancy and in the postnatal period.
The most commonly used tests for the diagnosis of DVT are a blood test called D-dimers and doppler ultrasound of the affected veins. Sometimes, further testing is required to find the cause of the DVT. In specific cases, an attempt can be made to break down the clot (using thrombolytic agents). To prevent further accrual and formation of new clots with a risk of pulmonary embolism, anticoagulation (blood thinners) is advised (if not possible, an inferior vena cava filter may be used). Prevention of DVT is advised in many medical and surgical inpatients using anticoagulants, graduated compression stockings (also known as thromboembolic deterrent stockings) or intermittent pneumatic compression devices.
Although air travel is not to blame for all DVT cases, it is responsable for a high number of them. There are various factors for cases of DVT in long haul travelers, but one is the small pitch spaces in economy class seats. That is why it is referred to as “ Economy Class Syndrome “. The long hours in such positions is what povokes these illness. Airlines and health organizations do what is possible to make passengers aware of the dangers of DVT, and offer tips on how to lower the risk, such as getting up to walk the ails every certain hours, different exercises, or wearing socks that are designed to help blood flow, etc.
But most of the times, seats become taps, in night flights, when all passengers are asleep, or trying to, it can become very complicated to move out of a middle or window seat. Or in many cases, passengers are just very shy, and un able to ask the neighbor to let them out of their seat. Also, when a passenger manages to fall asleep, with or without medication or alcohol, they will forget to get out of their seat to do some exercises.
Complete or near horizontal seat-beds may not resolve all DVT problems, but because of a much better position to encourage better blood flow, it may lower long haul flight DVT dangers by a very large precentige.
At ABH, we believe that most, of the most important aspects of the concept have been meet, and also many of the details have been resolved, there is always things to fine tune, but can be done without doubt.
The baggage bin offes space for the typical carry on suitcase, a very individual space
designed to give each passener full access to their traveling gear at all time, wether the
you need a toothbrush or a lap top, you can have hold of it in an instant without the
fear of droping something on somones head, or asking one or two folks to please give a chance to get to the aisle in order to access the baggage bin.
The baggage bins are also made to hold the BIG monitors, they can be big,
because they do not have to feat in the back of a head rest. They are also
thought to be virtual windows, conected to camaras in the outside of the
airplane to offer views from the wings, landing gear, front and back with
The design is also made to avoid a claustrophobic effect, specialy when entering
the aircraft. All this with slidable separations between seats, as well as tanslucid and
tansparent materials to alow as much natual light as possible.
Three ailes are basic for this kind of configuation, since ti is the best way to us all
the over head availabe space. Otherwise, it would not be possible to design an adecuate
ecacuation procedure or to design traffic logistics por passengers as well as for service.
Soon after, many concepts an desings have
been introduced in various articles
Thank You for your interest!