The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which affects the entire world and the global aviation industry negatively, also brings new business models and changes for the airlines and the aviation industry. As a reflection of the worldwide impact of coronavirus, the Italian company Aviointeriors, which has been producing aircraft cabin interiors and passenger seats for over 40 years, has proposed new solutions that can be used by airline companies after the coronavirus outbreak.
The first product introduced by Aviointeriors is the kit-level "Glassafe" solution, which can be installed on existing seats to make close proximity safer among passengers sharing the same seat. Glassafe is made of transparent material to make the entire cabin harmonious and aesthetically light, but perfectly fulfilling the objective of creating an isolated volume around the passenger to avoid or minimize contacts and interactions via air between passenger and passenger, to reduce the probability of contamination by viruses or other. Glassafe is supplied in various executions with fixing systems to the seat that allow easy installation and removal. Glassafe can be provided in opaque material or with different degrees of transparency, all easy cleaning, and required hygiene standards.
In addition to the Glassafe solution, another product introduced by Aviointeriors was the "Janus." Inspired by the two-faced Janus, the god of Ancient Rome, this proposal is distinguished by the reverse position of the center seat of the triple to ensure the maximum isolation between passengers seated next to each other. While passengers sitting on the side seats - aisle and fuselage - continue to be positioned in the flight direction, the passengers in the center are facing backward. This arrangement allows all three passengers to be separated with a shield made of transparent material that isolates them from each other, creating a protective barrier for everyone. Additionally, each passenger has its own space isolated from others, even from people who walk through the aisle. Each place of the Janus seat is surrounded on three sides by a high shield that prevents the breath propagation to occupants of adjacent seats. The Janus is made of easy cleaning and safe hygienic materials. The option is available with the shield in opaque material or with different degrees of transparency.