If you are cramped or uncomfortable in an airplane seat, five hours of driving can seem like an eternity. However, a 23-year-old may be on his way to changing this after designing a double-decker airplane seat with a surprising amount of legroom.

Alejandro Núñez Vicente, from Madrid, has big ambitions to improve long-distance travel with his new Chaise longue Economy seat suitable for any transition. Fully extending your legs and reclining at a 125-degree angle is possible in this 6-foot-2-inch chair, allowing users to almost ‘sit back’.

Worrying about kick back etiquette is also a thing of the past, with no one directly behind you to complain about it.

“The seat panel is completely hidden in the structure to make it easier to get in and out, and the backrest reaches an angle of 125 degrees (15 degrees more than the current economy class). Most importantly, passengers can fully extend and support their legs, similar to a reclining position.”

On the other hand, to access the top row you have to climb two steps. With the same 125-degree inclination angle, this row gives passengers more legroom and more privacy. Vicente started building his first aircraft seat prototype by hand in 2021, using only a “set of boards”.

Since then, major players in the airline industry have come to hear about his concept, including Sir Tim Clark, Chairman of Emirates Airlines.