Avio Interiors Proposes Reverse Airplane Seating

Italian aviation company Avio Interiors’ first concept, Janus, proposes reversing the position of the center seat in economy travel “to ensure the maximum isolation between passengers seated next to each other,” the brand explains. Further, easy-to-clean shields surround each seat and denies breath direct access to adjacent seats. This configuration could offer extra protection to passengers—though one may wonder what it would be like to …

Burt Rutan + Paul Allen’s 385-Foot-Wide Strato­launch Airplane

On the runway of the Mojave Air & Space Port, the Strato­launch airplane sits waiting for its first flight later this year. To date, there’s been no aircraft bigger—or as ambitious. The wingspan of the Catamaran-style plane stretches 385 feet—a distance longer than a football field. Six engines power the beast, as well. Designed by aviation mastermind Burt Rutan, and funded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, the Strato­launch will …

Supersonic Travel May Return by 2023

The last Concorde may have completed travel in 2003 but that doesn’t mean supersonic travel came to an end entirely. Three aviation start-ups are hoping to bring Mach speed back by 2023—and plan to tackle the faults of the previous airplane. First, not all companies are planning to reach Mach 2 (as the Concorde did) but max out at Mach 1.1 to 1.8. Further, they’ll …