Lonely Planet Writer

Flight comfort joy as someone has created a memory foam airplane seat

We all love travelling, of course, but one of the hard parts is the discomfort that can be felt during the long periods where you are trapped in the same seat. Therefore the news that an English company has created a memory foam airport seat intrigued and delighted us, as hopefully it means that travel will get that little bit easier on the body in the future.

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The company behind the concept is Simba Sleep, a mattress company that has had great success with its production of a high-tech mattress that adapts to your body for support. Using the same technology, it has now unveiled what it says is the “the world’s most advanced airline seat,” to promote better sleep onboard flights.

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It claims that the seat, called the Simba Air-Hybrid, closely simulates weightlessness, and this eases pressure on the back and spine whilst relieving strain from the extremities. It identifies and responds to the body’s movements, and is built using a combination of 2500 conical pocket springs and responsive memory foam. This allows passengers to experience zero gravity while flying, and promotes circulation throughout the body while regulating heat and support.


Simba engineered the bed-like cabins to provide those travelling on red-eye flights with a better quality of sleep. The idea came to them when conversations with Real Madrid footballer Gareth Bale provided a catalyst for the design. He asked them about getting a good night’s sleep when you can’t get to your bed at home, and they came up with the Simba Air-Hybrid in response.

The company has now begun conversations with commercial and private airlines,and has started to look at how its technology can be adapted for other modes of transport, including trains. We and our travel-weary bones will await the next stage in its development with bated breath.