If you ever find yourself flying cattle class in the Qantas A380 over to Los Angeles, at least you can take solace in the fact that the economy seat you're sitting in won an International Design Award.The seat won the top honours at the 2009 Australian International Design Award of the Year ceremony late last week. It was a combination of all elements of the design, from materials used to the revolutionary new footrest that saw it outpace all other comers.
From the press release:
Judges were particularly impressed with the level of innovation and attention to detail given to all aspects of the seat. The design process clearly considered all features from the materials and aesthetics right through to the revolutionary footrest net, recline space and user interface of the entertainment unit. The environmental aspects of flying were also considered with lightweight carbon fibre selected to help reduce weight.
There are 332 of these economy seats on the Qantas A380, so when you next happen to be flying to LA, make sure you check out that revolutionary footrest. It might just change your life.