Cosy plane pics not likely to affect future aircraft
Welcome to Hollywood Air, where even coach is cush.
With planes that are luxurious and downright Zen-like, no matter what class the passengers are traveling, DreamWorks’ “Red Eye” and Disney’s “Flightplan” give new meaning to wishful thinking.
Jodie Foster starrer “Flightplan” features the fictitious double-decker Aalto Air E-474, which, as the world’s largest aircraft, seats 800 souls. Moviegoers could assume Foster’s character is sitting in business class, judging by the ample leg room and wide seats.
“No, that was coach,” Foster confessed at the pic’s preem party.
Sitting with the general populace on a plane is often a study in contortion; there’s not enough room to move in any direction, much less head-butt and wrestle with your seatmate, as happens in “Red Eye.”
That plane, refitted by production designers to look like the nicest Boeing 767 around, also has a bathroom big enough for the protagonist to sit on the floor relatively comfortably. Right.
Makers of “Flightplan” insist jumbo jets of the future will be more civilized, like the E-474. Plane was modeled after the Airbus A380, which will be the world’s largest commercial aircraft when it enters service next spring.
It’s unlikely, though, that most airlines will configure their new A380s — which seat about 550 passengers — to look anything like the E-474. Financially struggling companies will likely jam in as many seats as they can.
And then there’s the issue of cabin service. Days after its bow, “Flightplan” seems to have struck a nerve with its depiction of uncooperative flight attendants.
Unions have taken issue with the movie, saying it’s irresponsible to portray stewardesses as villains, and urging a boycott of the pic.
Unions also complained that the movie showed flight attendants being “rude, unhelpful and uncaring.”