Meerkat Seat Concept Aircraft Passenger Seat by James Lee

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Meerkat Seat Concept

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Aircraft Passenger Seat

INSPIRATION:
The inspiration came from hours of flying long haul in economy class. I know that there are many ways to improve passenger experience. Yet with an education background in engineering and experience in the airline business, I fully understand the economic and technical constraints.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The Meerkat is a concept for long haul economy class seating that introduces new ways to enhance passenger experience while minimizing fuel & maintenance cost. Passengers will benefit from the patented dual-user armrest that eliminates the battle for the armrest, as well as a backrest that helps them stretch-out. Amenities such as a tablet stand & a headphone hook brings convenience, yet does not introduce weight/complexity to the benefit of the airline. The shared literature rack reduces weight of magazines and helps minimize fuel cost.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
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PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in October 2011 and the design was completed in Mid-November.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Vehicle, Mobility and Transportation Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The seat frame can be made of milled aluminium alloy and aluminium tubes. Non-structural parts such as backshell and table etc can be made of injection molded plastic and vacuform plastic.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
For a double-seat assembly Width: 1067mm Height: 1143mm Depth: 737mm Minimum pitch: 813mm between rows

TAGS:
Aircraft Seats, Airline, Economy Class, Seating, iPad, Tablet, Armrest

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
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CHALLENGE:
While passengers these days demand more and more creature comfort, airlines on the other hand want to trim cost. But those two criteria are often contradictory- new features are likely to add weight and complexity, and hence increase cost of operations. Thus the challenge was to design a product that has all the features passengers desire, yet keeping the package light & simple in order to minimize fuel burn & maintenance cost, as well as the associated carbon emission.

ADDED DATE:
2012-03-07 03:55:58

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IMAGE CREDITS:
James Lee, 2011.

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Meerkat Seat Concept Aircraft Passenger Seat by James Lee is a Nominee in Vehicle, Mobility and Transportation Design Category.

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Meerkat Seat Concept Aircraft Passenger Seat by James Lee is Winner in Vehicle, Mobility and Transportation Design Category, 2011 - 2012.



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