Lufthansa unveils in-flight exercise bike

Lufthansa unveils in-flight exercise bike

German flag carrier Lufthansa has debuted several recent innovations in aircraft interior design in recent months, but Australian Business Traveller reports that the airline recently unveiled yet another unusual amenity - an in-flight exercise bike.

The new stationary bike, which was unveiled at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg last week, was designed by Boffins at Lufthansa Technik, the carrier's engineering, maintenance, repair and overhaul service division.

According to FlightGlobal, Lufthansa created the new device by modifying an existing recumbent bike made by Italian manufacturer Technogym. The airline had to alter the bike to satisfy stringent safety requirements for machinery that operates in the air.

"For example, several of the standard components failed the fire protection rules and needed to be redesigned with materials that are more resistant to combustion," said FlightGlobal. "This was the case with the plastic seat structure, which has been replaced by an aluminium construction with honeycomb panels."

In addition to the changes made for safety's sake, travelers who use the bike (in the event that it eventually makes it into Lufthansa's planes) can expect to reach lower rpms than they would on the ground, thanks to the pressurized cabin and relatively low levels of oxygen.

By Christopher Straub

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