AirGo seats were designed by a Malaysian engineering undergrad named Alireza Yaghoubi, who got sick of having the jerk in front of him recline back into his single-serving meal. Yaghoubi decided to design a seating system that preserves a minimum personal space while efficiently maximizing comfort, all without requiring a first-class footprint. AirGo features a tray table and media display that live above the seats, not inside of them, allowing seats themselves to be thinner and made of mesh, saving space, cost, and weight. Each seat comes with a dedicated overhead bin space and ample legroom. And everyone can recline, or not, without reducing their own space or making things miserable for everyone behind them. AirGo seats require an increase in seat pitch (which is the space taken up by each seat) of 16%. While more space is great for passengers, it means that airlines can fit 16% fewer seats into that space, which means that either revenue goes down by 16%, or passengers will have to pay 16% more. And unfortunately, the airlines seem to be racing each other to the bottom, with most passengers looking for the absolute lowest fare regardless of comfort and service.
via: Dyson Awards