This week, Delta introduced the world to new airplane seats that allow passengers in wheelchairs to stay in their own powered wheelchairs while flying.
How cool is this?!?
Right now, they are just prototypes, but they are hopefully coming soon to an airplane near you.
These new airline seats convert a standard passenger seat to a seat that can accommodate wheelchair restraints.
The patented design offers comfort and safety for all passengers by providing access to headrest, center console tray tables and cocktail table that adjust to serve passengers with wheelchairs in place.Delta Airlines
These new wheelchair accessible seats would still allow the other cabin seats to remain usable, with the design of the remaining seats staying the same.
Air4All is collaborating with DFP and our strong production and manufacturing capabilities to explore new ways to deliver equal access to comfort, safety, and dignity for all customers. This patented design offers new possibilities for customers with disabilities to enjoy a travel experience they truly deserve.Rick Salanitri, President Delta Flight Products
Now, these seats were showcased at the annual Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) in Hamburg, Germany.
And, after the show the seats will be sent for final testing and certification.
Once they have passed testing for safety and certification, Delta will begin to install the seats in actual airplanes.
An innovation like this in air travel provides those with reduced mobility a safe and comfortable way for them to travel and remain in their own power wheelchairChris Wood, Founder of Flying Disabled