Seattle-based design and technology company Teague has partnered with sports equipment and marketing behemoth Nike to design an aircraft interior for what they call an “Athlete’s Plane,” aiming to even the odds for traveling sports teams. “When professional athletes travel across multiple time zones their team is statistically more likely to lose,” said Philip Steiner, Teague’s creative director. “The Athlete’s Plane essentially levels the playing field.” Teague noted that managers of soccer teams routinely complain about the toll air travel extracts on their players, and cites Brazilian teams that might fly 8,000 miles in five days when competing internationally.
As shown in renderings, the sleek, high-tech interior of the Athlete’s Plane has facilities for both game preparation and recovery, including lie-flat seating, compression sleeves for soothing sore muscles, and a separate low-noise cabin for sleep and relaxation. No launch customer or plans to outfit an Athlete’s Plane have been announced.