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Ryanair to Test Seatless Flying

Ryanair is targeting the winter 2011 schedule to start safety testing of its standing-room-only ‘vertical seats.'


July 6, 2010

Ryanair is targeting the winter 2011 schedule to start safety testing of its standing-room-only ‘vertical seats,’ which resemble leaning posts with seatbelts attached, in summer next year.

According to newspaper reports in advance of a programme broadcast on United Kingdom television network ITV, Ryanair will make some of the seats available for free – net of taxes and airport charges – while others will cost up to 10 Euros (about $13 CDN).

In order to make 10 rows of standing room available at the back of its Boeing 737s, the airline plans to remove five rows of conventional seats and the two rear toilets. To control demand for the single toilet at the front of the aircraft Ryanair will introduce a charge for use (equivalent to about $1.50 CDN).

Ryanair said it is looking initially to introduce vertical seating on flights of up to one hour, such as its busy London-to-Dublin services.

To read the full article, visit Business Travel News’ site

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