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Get ready to fly more privately with 'Cozy Suite' airline seats.

Byline: ANI

Melbourne, Mar 9 (ANI): No more back aches and lack of sleep on long flights, for now Thompson Solutions has designed a new type of seats in an aircraft that may help travellers sleep and provide more privacy.

According to the designers, the new "Cozy Suite" seats are "a major step forward in passenger comfort" and cater towards the growing size of passengers.

However, no Australian-based airlines have purchased the seats as yet.

The seats are staggered in a bid to create a more private space and also provide passengers with a place to rest their head while sleeping.

By staggering the seats and overlapping the armrests, the company could increase the width of each seat to 50 centimetres and a knee space of 78 centimetres, five centimetres more than other airline seats.

"A conventional seat on a Boeing 737 is 17.5" (44.5 centimetres) wide; our seats are 19" (48 centimetres). For an A320 a conventional seat is 18.5" (47 centimetres); ours is 20" (50 centimetres)," quoted a Thompson Solutions spokesperson as saying.

The spokesperson added: "These are valuable increases given the continued growth in average passenger size and the remaining lifespan of the current generation of aircraft."

Meanwhile, the new design received mixed reviews from online bloggers, some of whom are hailing the better comfort it provides.

"I think that this is excellent. No more complaining of back aches or no sleep," said passenger Schweeney.

However, there are other travellers, who aren't as happy with some aspects of the design.

One point of controversy is its fixed backshell, designed to save many an argument as it doesn't recline into the person seated behind. However, some passengers are unhappy about not being able to lean the seat back.

"You can't recline the seat. Guaranteed failure," said one unhappy traveller.

There are others who are saying that removing the ability to recline the seat will have a limited impact.

"Removing reclining on an airplane seat is the best idea ever. The actual recline on a plane is so small, it does nothing," said another passenger.

UK design house Thompson Solutions came up with the design after observing that airline passengers trying to sleep on long flights tend to position themselves at an angle.

They also noticed that people sitting at the window seat seemed happy to rest their head against the wall.

Delta Airlines is the first customer to order the Cozy Sutie, and will rollout the product on its entire Boeing 757ER and 777 fleets next year.

The design will allow Delta to fit eight seats in a row instead of seven.

And according to reports, the company is close to selling the Cozy Suite to several other airlines, including a Middle Eastern airline.(ANI)

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