Score another one for those looking for oodles of money at the bottom of the pyramid! Budget airlines, VivaColombia is planning on making its passengers stand through their air journey. Yes, you read that right. The Colombia based airline wants to remove all the seats from the plane and make the passengers stand so that they could squeeze in passengers into each flight and subsequently lower the airfare. The idea of the airlines hit the news when VivaColombia’s founder and CEO William Shaw gave an interview to the Miami Herald. He said, “There are people out there right now researching whether you can fly standing up.” He added, “We’re very interested in anything that makes travel less expensive.”
Though the idea sounds absurd and not at all practical, the CEO of the airliner thinks that this market could boom. The company in the month of June had made an announcement of adding 50 Airbus 320s to its fleet, and the first one is all set to be operational by May 2018. Miami Herald report stated that the new planes have more seats, are more fuel efficient and will have lower maintenance costs — savings the company plans to pass on to customers. But the most important thing when it comes to low-cost airlines is packing passengers into standing chairs similar to bar stools.
Civil Aviation Director Alfredo Bocanegra while reacting to the idea of having standing flights said that he wouldn’t sign off on it. Miami Herald quoted him saying, “People have to travel like human beings.” He added, “Anyone who has ridden on public mass transit knows that it’s not the best when you’re standing.”
This is not the first time when the idea of a standing in flights hit the news. The idea was first floated by Airbus in 2003 and several airlines have promoted the idea without ever receiving regulatory approval.