Have you ever wondered why airplane design is so complicated of why there are certain airplane design features? Modern airplane design is a work of art where every detail has it’s purpose. This article will give you overview of the the coolest airplane design features and why we aircraft’s need them for everyday operation.


We have already discussed airplane secrets, airline food & drinks as well as many other exciting airline topics, so now let’s look at cool airline design features.

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Sending snacks to fellow passengers

Virgin America is the first airline to introduce a service of meeting your love up in the air. Basically, you get the chance to order a drink or snack and send it over to complete stranger along with the note. The receiver, on the other hand, has a choice to either accept or refuse the gesture. You can also use an in-flight chat system to send messages. Although it might look creepy at first, it’s up to you how you treat this feature. There is certainly no need to be worried and a friendly chat might enrich you for a flight time if not for a life time. Psychologists suggest it’s totally respectful way to approach someone.


Other airlines are not following behind on the trend. For instance, KLM introduced a Meet & Seat program – gives you an opportunity to choose seatmates based on their Facebook and LinkedIn profiles.

Source: Airliners.net

Cabin crew resting room

You would wonder, where on earth could a cabin crew resting room fit when an airplane is so tiny. Well, on most airplanes cabin crew rest compartments are located above the first class, just under the ceiling of an aircraft. To get up there, flight attendants use stairs hidden behind locked door. These windowless rooms contain 8 bedrolls, some of them even have entertainment systems.

Confessed by cabin crew – it’s not always easy to sleep in those beds, especially during turbulence. The space is very cramped and tiny.

Airplane design – windows

Have you ever noticed a tiny hole in the airplane window? Don’t worry, it’s not you bad luck. In fact, all the windows on that aircraft have those holes. They are called “breather holes” and are meant to regulate the amount of pressure that passes between the window’s inner and outer panes. The idea is to have the outer pane bear the most pressure. Another reason for the breather hole – it keeps the window fog-free.

Moreover, the reason for curved windowpanes on board the airplanes is also quite simple – to distribute stress, reducing the likelihood of cracks or breaks. As a matter of fact, circular shapes are stronger and resist deformation. They are meant to survive the extreme differences in pressure between the inside and outside of the aircraft.

Closed door suite on Singapore Airlines

Have you ever felt like airplane space is lacking privacy? If your personal space is important to you, Singapore Airlines might have the solution. Closed door suites are ideal if you prefer to strech out during long flights – it fits a standalone bed! It feels like a small hotel room, and the best part – you can close the door and shut yourself out of the outside world!All suites feature a sliding door and window blinds for more privacy. It is easy to transform the space in your suite into a discussion or dining area. You will be treated with luxury and most comfort that is available in the air.

Grab handles for cabin crew

Have you noticed, when boarding the plane, there are grab handles at about shoulder height just inside the cabin? Can you guess what they are for? In case of emergency, they are used by cabin crew, so that they can hang on and supervise and assist evacuation. Obviously, when the panic breaks off, they might get shoved outside when passengers rush to escape.

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