Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Flying business class in 2025 might be like flying in a ‘noiseless orange hunk of metal’
It sounds like something out of Minority Report: flying business class in 2025 will be like flying in a “noiseless orange hunk of metal”.
That’s according to analysts at a workshop organised by Airbus in London last week.
Co-host Nick Buckland said Airbus had heard its analysts talking of “the crystal ball look at what we’re doing in the next five to 10 years”.
But that meant business class flying in 2025 would be, well, “noiseless”.
“The entire cabin will be glass doors or thin seats or nothing at all,” said Mr Buckland.
“Business class travel will become a world apart from first class travel… We’ll be talking about trip planning.”
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But, according to Airbus, that won’t stop passengers from flying on a two- or three-day layover “to visit relatives in Asia”.
Laptops and mobile phones will be banned in business class.
Other innovations will enable air passengers to have double-sided room to throw your suitcase in, or load it into overhead bin with a carry-on.
“It’s like taking the next step towards flying like in the next world movie,” said Mr Buckland.
And passengers will be “attached to the back seat” because they will want to give themselves more leg room.
Airbus also spelled out the possible degree of privacy on economy flight.
The “frontline cabin” will become designed to be quiet enough to allow you to put on headphones and listen to your headphones.
One suggestion is that in the next few years you might be able to watch television without leaving your seat, because the cabin will have high-tech TVs which vibrate to make it different to normal TV.
But if you miss the plane on your way to India, you may have the pleasure of fixing all that noise using fissures in the floor.
And to top it all off, you might be able to charge your phone in the seat back pocket because there will be USB ports in all the seats.
“The next 10 to 15 years are going to be very interesting,” Mr Buckland said.
Reuters news agency and Guardian news agency contributed to this report