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Anyone who has travelled economy class for any more than a couple of hours will be delighted to know that a talented engineering student has developed an award-winning budget class seat that puts a comfortable flight within reach.

The AirGo seats have been designed by Malaysian engineering student, Alireza Yaghoubi and have been recognised by the country's James Dyson Awards for design excellence.

Following a number of supremely uncomfortable flights Mr Yaghoubi decided to take things into his own hands quite literally. He set about designing a seat that counters many of the key complaints from economy class passengers.

Most economy travellers are familiar with the problems of reclining seats.

While reclining seats offer some degree of comfort to the passenger himself, when it is the passenger in front that is reclining, it becomes much more of an issue as the seat back then encroaches into the rear passenger's space.

In addition, on most flights the passenger tray and TV are stowed in the back of the seat in front, meaning that should that passenger decide to recline, these accessories can become difficult and downright uncomfortable to use.

The AirGo design stows both tray and TV independently of the forward seat and instead stores them above the passenger beneath overhead lockers. Each row of AirGo seats, stands alone from the front and rear rows and so are not impacted by any reclining of the forward row. The design is such though that a row would only take up an additional sixteen per cent of space.

It isn't just the practicalities that the student has considered when developing his design. The seats themselves have also come Mr Yaghoubi's scrutiny. His design features a nylon mesh covering on the padding which cuts down on in-flight sweating as well as adjusting easily to support the back of the passenger. A collection of motors also provide greater freedom to adjust the seat to the passenger's ideal comfort position.

The design may have received much praise in the engineering and design world but airline industry commentators have suggested it may be some time before airlines could or would commit the budget required to update their fleets with the AirGo seats. Economy class passengers though will be keeping their fingers crossed and will be hoping Mr Yaghoubi's revolutionary thinking on passenger comfort will too be applied to in-flight meals and toilets.

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