A Malaysian engineering student named Alireza Yaghoubi has a bold plane for the airline industry. The name? AirGo.
Unless you're lucky enough to fly first- or business-class on a regular basis, you're probably well-acquainted with the stifling sorrows of the economy cabin: small seats, narrow aisles, not much leg room, and even less shoulder room.
Alireza Yaghoubi certainly was. Yaghoubi is an undergraduate student in Malaysia, where he studies engineering. About a year ago, he started sketching out plans for a line of new-fangled, endlessly swiveling, ergonomic airline super chairs – replacements for the old-fashioned numbers that were, as he put it, "far from being in sync with today’s technology."
Had Yaghoubi simply drawn these plans on the back of the napkin, we might never have heard of him or AirGo. But instead, he submitted them to the James Dyson Award committee, which issues prizes to particularly innovative student engineers around the world. A few bloggers reported on the AirGo idea, and then a few more, and by early Wednesday afternoon, Yaghoubi was on his way to being Internet famous. (Although he still appears to have only a couple followers on Twitter.)