Pro athletes lead a very luxurious life, with trainers ensuring they’re always in top physical shape. But they still travel in cramped airplanes that weren’t designed for seven-footers. Teague design firm and Nike have come up with a solution: a super-luxurious concept jet that caters to a team’s every need.
First and foremost is space. Teague and Nike repurposed the floorplan of a 400-passenger jet to attend to just 13 VIPs—namely, the roster of a basketball team, though the plan could be modified for other athletes. Every inch of the concept airplane is meant to coddle.
Up top, lie-flat seating and a complete absence of overhead compartments make room for seven-foot-plus passengers to rest and relax. A recovery zone offers trainers a fully-equipped training room for pre-game therapy and shiatsu massages, and a self-serve meal area lets athletes feed their customized nutritional needs.
Have a closer look at the Teague/Nike Athlete’s Plane:
With so few passengers on the plane’s manifest, the lower level cargo hold becomes a lounge for celebrating victories or shrugging off losses. The plane holds “mental activity spaces” for reviewing film and going over pre- or post-game strategies, and the whole floorplan is designed for easy walking around to promote circulation.
The plane is much more than a flying locker room—it’s like a futuristic athletic lab: Teague and Nike envision wrapping the players onboard in sensor-laden clothing, collecting real-time physiological data to monitor pre-game nutrition or post-game recovery. Even the toilets are overhauled, monitoring a player’s hydration levels.
All of this is, of course, very much conceptual. Teague and Nike haven’t taken the project beyond digital renderings, and while pro sports teams have aneurysm-inducing amounts of money to throw around, there’s no concrete plan to bring this flying athletic center into production.
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