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Airbus Considers Using Drop-In Modules for Airplanes to Reduce Turnaround Time

Formally, Airbus calls it “method for boarding and unloading of passengers of an aircraft with reduced immobilization time of the aircraft, aircraft and air terminal for its implementation.” In earthlings words, think of the airliner as a bus carrying containers, only that it’s more like a tube with passengers.
Drop-In modules of merchandise are already used somehow 1 photo
You too have blamed the airline flying you home for Thanksgiving or perhaps for Christmas for being slow at embarking passengers. Hey, nobody wants to waste any time, but turnaround feeds with it and there’s not much one can do about it.

Each commercial aircraft must be cleaned, check in and check out must be conducted, not to mention all the verifications and security issues that have only grown in intensity with terrorism increasing in proportion lately. As the manufacturer of the world’s largest passenger airliner, Airbus is constantly looking for new ways to improve its services, or at least to leverage its resources. In other words, time truly is money for the company.

Patenting this innovative idea does not imply it’s ever going into production, but the probability is quite high. According to the invention, the cabin forms part of a removable cabin module, which is in a state of separation from the aircraft, and is attached to a docking module external to the plane during the transfer from the aircraft to the airport.

Airbus considers changing both the way airport terminals are structured and how passengers deck the aircraft. Transfer of the payload from an aircraft building to a cabin would be performed after said payload is integrated into a removable cabin module separated from the aircraft, which in turn would be docked to a special module embedded in the building. This applies to the transport of merchandise of course.

When it comes to a cabin intended for passenger transport, travellers can be seated in their respective place over a relevant period, without this requiring costly immobilization of the aircraft. All this makes sense, but it also implies a complete reformation of the way commercial aviation works today, which in turn involves a vast amount of resources.


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