Print Email Facebook Twitter Desirability & Viability of a Passenger Cabin in an Aircraft Cargo Hold Title Desirability & Viability of a Passenger Cabin in an Aircraft Cargo Hold Author Narayan, H. Contributor De Lille, C.S.H. (mentor) Debacker, J. (mentor) Sivignon, S. (mentor) Faculty Industrial Design Engineering Department Product Innovation Management Programme Master of Science Integrated Product Design Date 2015-10-29 Abstract Today, two trends can be observed when it comes to commercial aircraft. On the one hand, on top, aircraft cabins are becoming increasingly cramped with more seats. On the other hand, below in the cargo hold, only about 40% of the volume is estimated to be used. The combination of these two trends leads to an interesting proposition - can passengers travel in the cargo hold? This project takes over the reins from a previous graduation report already executed towards this direction. The focus of the work previously done, was mainly on establishing that a passenger cabin in the aircraft cargo hold is a technically feasible option. However, in order for such a cabin to truly fly, it would need to meet the other two criteria for any new design or innovation - The business feasibility of such a proposition should be realistic and convincing. In addition, one must ensure that such a new cabin is desirable for passengers. This project views the concept of the Lower Deck Passenger Cabin through these two lenses. Insights and knowledge were gathered through several methods such as literature research, data analytics on airline databases and reaching out to experts from both within and beyond the field of aviation. Additionally, in order to better understand aspects of passenger desirability without developing a full-scale mockup, two prototyping routes were followed. One was through building a low-fidelity physical mock-up over an existing aircraft mock-up cabin. The other was through a virtual reality set up. Through analysis, opportunities and threats are identified when contrasting a travel experience in the Lower Deck to that in a regular aircraft cabin. This is followed by recommendations on how to not only address these threats but also to leverage opportunities that makes travel in the Lower Deck a differentiated flying experience. In conclusion, the Lower Deck is seen to possess the versatility to accommodate a range of uses encompassing both seats and functionality. To this end, several use scenarios for the lower deck are detailed in order to demonstrate this flexibility. Each of these scenarios touch back upon and validate the concept against the two chosen focus areas - desirability and feasibility. The key next steps are identified and recommendations are provided along with a roadmap to move the concept towards reality. Subject aviationdesigncargopassengerexperience To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:faca07a6-4e77-444a-8fb4-2e912d631eac Embargo date 2017-10-29 Access restriction Campus only Part of collection Student theses Document type master thesis Rights (c) 2015 Narayan, H.