Colombian LCC Wants To Remove All Seats

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

Budget airline VivaColombia is giving new meaning to ‘no-frills flying’ by proposing that all passengers stand while they fly.

It says by removing all seats from its planes, it would drive down the cost of fares and allow it to squeeze more passengers into each flight.

“There are people out there right now researching whether you can fly standing up. We’re very interested in anything that makes travel less expensive,” said VivaColombia’s founder and CEO William Shaw in an interview with the Miami Herald.

“Who cares if you don’t have an inflight entertainment system for a one-hour flight? Who cares that there aren’t marble floors… or that you don’t get free peanuts?”

Crazy as it sounds, it’s actually not a new idea. In 2003, Airbus pitched the idea of a vertical seat, which would give pax something to brace against, while in 2010 Ryanair proposed standing areas on its planes, featuring “bar stools with seatbelts,” as honcho Michael O’Leary described it.

There’s a reason why the idea of no-seats planes hasn’t come to fruition – Civil Aviation Authorities hate the concept, including Colombian Civil Aviation Director Alfredo Bocanegra. He expressed his disapproval by saying that “people have to travel like human beings.”

Bocanegra added: “Anyone who has ridden on public mass transit knows that it’s not the best when you’re standing.”

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