Thompson said that the seat had been made possible through “clever angling”, adding that it was based on the principle of zero gravity, “where research into the relationship between posture and pressure has established the most comfortable position possible, other than lying flat” .
To this end the seat “elevates and reclines” the passenger, suspending them in a neutral position which “increases the feeling of weightlessness, allowing deep relaxation and comfort, taking pressure off the heart and allowing a stress-free position”.
Features of the Vantage Duo seat include an IFE screen (between 13.3 and 16 inches), power socket, USB port, water bottle and tablet stowage, reading light, coat hook, wireless charging capabilities, and an extended countertop area at window seats.
While carriers including Jetblue have opted for a fully-flat business class seat (Thompson’s Vantage Solo product) on its A321 LR aircraft, Morris said that the “fast-emerging mid-to-long-range single-aisle market means that passengers want greater comfort and privacy but not necessarily a fully flat seat such as the Vantage Solo”.
“The Vantage Duo offers exceptional comfort and a very marketable seating option, with the same number of passengers as traditional business-class seating,” added Morris.
“Our aim was simple – greater comfort in the same space, which we have achieved through our many years of experience in design and engineering innovation.
“The result: no loss of density, no increase in weight, just greater comfort, space, and recline for the passenger.”
The Vantage Duo is being displayed at next week’s AIX 2022 in Hamburg – the firm has yet to confirm any customers for the new seat.