Fitness Centers and Coffee Shops on Airbus Planes

A new proposal from aircraft maker Airbus’ innovation arm, A3, envisions a modular interior system that would let airlines switch out what’s inside the plane for different types of flights. Known as Transpose, the concept would allow for sleeper beds to be swapped with everything from cafes to fitness centers, or standard seating, depending on the duration of flight. As airlines have been paring down offerings, in some cases to an extreme extent, it’s a refreshing and hopeful idea—though not entirely likely in the near future.