Slim-body planes: The way forward for long-haul flying — but in addition its previous

(CNN) – Nearly half of the history of commercial travel, long-distance travel has produced images of large, long, double-decker planes, up to 10 seats in each row, large bins on top of it and, more recently, bright light-requiring tablet entertainment.

This is in stark contrast to the narrow, airplane planes, with their narrow spaces, six seats in a row and, in most cases, a small and open space.

But before the Boeing 747 was able to carry passengers in 1970, narrow corpses were the means of long-distance travel, though their definition of “long-distance” was not what we know today.

The Boeing 707s you may recall from the “Pan Am” TV station about 10 years ago, say, they could not fly from London or Paris to New York without fuel, often at Gander in Newfoundland, although they were faster and slower than anything seen kale.

A 1960 photo showing American Airlines Boeing 707-120B flying.

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Externally, these jets are much more similar to what we fly today – and fly tomorrow – than you might think. Despite the shape of the nose and the size of the fuselage of Boeing’s 732 aircraft, the best-selling aircraft in the world, are taken from the Boeing 707 of the 1950s.

Inside, meanwhile, when it “didn’t have a chance to fly at 707,” aircraft carrier Ben Orson, executive director of Orson Associates, told CNN, “It’s clear that a new generation of single-flight aircraft is benefiting from decades.” has brought about significant changes in terms of weight, environmental comfort – home pressure, lighting and so on – better living conditions, bars and bins and the integration of baths and gardens. “

That’s a long and talented list, but it all means a place and a lot more for you, passerby. And if the knowledge of the passengers has come a long way, so too have the aircraft – and their potential.

There are three aircraft in the latest generation of narrow aircraft, with the latest engines.

The first is the Airbus’ A220, a former Bombardier CSeries, which is the smallest in the area.

The second is the Boeing’s 737 MAX, a respected 737 modifier, though its lower design means that the engine size is less than the others, which is why it’s not a long-haul engine.

But the third is a real player: the Airbus A321XLR, the most recent member of the A321neo family, a modified version of Airbus’ long-running operation with internal tanks.

The A321XLR can fly as early as the early 707s and more than half the second time: up to 4,700 nautical miles, or around 10 hours – something like the distance from Florida to the UK, or from Beijing to France.

It is a water change and adheres to the early jet years in 1958, when the Boeing 707 started flying – at the speed of voice, crossing the ocean, arriving to deliver fuel every four to five hours.

Funny version of the Boeing 707 Stratoliner cabin, about 1957.

Funny version of the Boeing 707 Stratoliner cabin, about 1957.

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In some ways, travel was very different at that time

People dressed, whether they were flying in first grade or a teacher. Goods were kept in the house, as the upper pockets had not yet been made. Instead, there was a hat, a real shelf above the heads of the riders on only the lightweight items.

High-end brands are still a nuisance to passengers, and they are the ones that modern aircraft manufacturers are still working on.

“Once possible with larger aircraft, only one lane will open up a world of new routes and all the attractions of the tall building,” Airbus marketing director Antonio Da Costa told CNN. “In addition to providing flights to the airport, the new A321XLR cabin is quiet and has a new airy design and large cargo cans, which will reduce air traffic.”

With the advent of modern aircraft, high-definition video and fast WiFi internet, the latest entertainment has been around since the 1960s, when TWA, which now has no first video viewing experience for all passengers, is shown on every flight screen.

Headphones of all kinds – which were nervous, constantly sounding in the air through tubes in the ears of passengers – were introduced in the same decade, and settled in the early 2000s on older aircraft. What looked like at the time were children leaning on their heads to hear loud noises in the holes if their parents refused to pay for rent headphones.

The car service was excellent during the Boeing 707 road trip during the 1967 Lufthansa.

The car service was excellent during the Boeing 707 road trip during the 1967 Lufthansa.

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In the first class, the life of caviar, chateaubriand and Champagne was real. The planes flew with dressed tuxedo guards and janitors walking down the aisles of their cars, hors d’oeuvres chariots, and large cargo filters, cut to order.Even financially, the evening TV dinner, was a real nightmare for us today in the grapevine cake, by and large.

But in some ways, the experience was more pronounced

If yoga pants and necklaces replaced gabardine suits and expensive hats, the slim figure did not change much.

In front of it, 707 passengers would be seated in one seat on both sides, in large squashy seats that, depending on the plane, lean more or less.

This is what you see today unless you are on a long-distance A321, 757 or 737 MAX, which over the past decade has moved from these seats to a flatbed sleeper – usually still two, however.

The economy, its configuration was similar to what we see today: three chairs on each side of the aisle. It was stronger and more comfortable than it used to be, but modern architecture is working hard to repair today’s furniture.

Mark Hiller, head of Recaro Aircraft Seating, which makes long seats and long distances, explains that “when choosing the right fit and shape, the occupant of the A321XLR seats can be at the same level as any other human aircraft. The larger size of the fuselage makes the seats more comfortable. a lot more compared to other types of aircraft and our RECARO-based solutions also fix this. “

The size of the fuselage is also very important when considering the experience of travelers as opposed to yesterday.

Airbus A321XLR compact computer

Airbus A321XLR compact computer


The Boeing 737 is still the same size as the 707, but the Airbus’ A321 aircraft is much better, which means the seats can be full inches – 18 inches and not 17 inches. In fact, at a time when people are taller and wider than they were 60-70 years ago , 18 inches is larger than the tall plane seats, and the width of the seat is one of the most important factors whether I think they are good or not.

As the 1950s and 1960s arrived in the 1970s and 1980s, high-performance aircraft replaced the long-haul aircraft, including the narrow Boeing 757 that the Airbus A321neo family replaces.

But the secret of the airplane’s story is that its small size means there – and it means now – that you can fly non-stop to other destinations, especially if you live somewhere other than megahub like London, Atlanta or Dubai.

So even if you are not attracted to the idea that taller bodies can have seats equal to full body lengths and be more comfortable, if not, you have the option of standing still and cutting for a few hours on your trip – and that is self-motivating in itself.

Top photo: Boeing 707 Jet Stratoliner Number One being built in Boeing’s Transport Division in Renton, Washington, about 1958. (Central Press / Hulton Archive / Getty Images)

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