Airbus subsidiary shows off gym-in-the-sky concept in San Jose

26 Apr 2017 by Robert Curley
San Jose Airport gym concept Transpose

Why settle for stretching in the aisle if you could get a workout at 30,000 feet? A California based company is testing out the concept of modular fitness centres that could be installed on aircraft, ABC7News reports.

A3, a division of Airbus based in San Jose, is testing several modular concepts, including an airborne gym, self-service dining area, children’s play areas, and social lounges. The fitness module includes Peloton spin bikes and Reebok yoga mats and resistance bands.

Company officials are collecting feedback from airline passengers, noting that the various Transpose modules can be easily swapped out to keep the in-flight experience interesting. Travellers can see the exercise module on display at Gate 18 in Terminal C at San Jose’s Norman Mineta International Airport.

The entertainment-oriented space on display in San Jose is part of a broader initiative by A3 to create completely modular aircraft passenger cabins that could be customized with various seating, sleeping, and leisure sections. Bloomberg reported that wide-bodied Airbus planes could conceivably contain 10 to 14 modules, although aircraft would have to be redesigned to accommodate the inserts.

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