Airplanes for Athletes

Nike and Seattle based design firm, Teague, are teaming up to create one of the more innovative traveling services I’ve ever seen. The aircraft concept for sports team travel would include a cabin engineered with everything an athlete could ever need 40,000 feet in the sky. Zones in the aircraft prioritize various needs, and you can bet there’s athletic data and measurements in there as well. Teague sought to capitalize on four areas of performance innovation that are not addressed by the standard commercial charters athletes regularly fly.

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Looks great, doesn’t it? The four pillars are as follows.

Recovery:

Equalizing the negative effects of air travel on the mind and body, and bringing the training room to 40,000 feet through in-flight biometrics and analysis to accelerate injury diagnosis and treatment.

Circulation:

Fostering natural mobility and building in equipment that ensures optimal circulation and promotes healing.

Sleep:

Designing ideal sleeping conditions for individuals and sleep strategies for entire teams to maximize physical readiness.

Thinking:

Creating spaces for key mental activities, especially film study—enabling in-transit film review both before and after games.

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This currently remains a mere concept, but think about how this type of travel would mitigate “home field advantage” and allow for much more enjoyable travel for athletes who basically hop on planes for a living. Some of the domestic league teams on the West Coast cross 3 time zones to play 4 games in 5 days. And this is every couple weeks, year round. I imagine this would take a toll on you. Furthermore, imagine segmented traveling in the future for all consumers based on their needs, i.e. business, athletics, sleeping, pets, and on and on.

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There are tons of people talking about this – be sure to check out the concept some more, and join the conversation!

All photos credited to the Nike Blog and Teague.

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