Zephyr secures funding from billionaire Tim Draper for socially distant airline seats

Zephyr Aerospace, a San Francisco-based startup introducing lie-flat, social distancing-compliant airline seats for airlines, has announced billionaire venture capitalist Tim Draper has raised an undisclosed amount of funding, the company said.

Draper has previously backed Tesla, SpaceX, Coinbase and Twitter. The investment will enable the Zephyr Seat to pass rigorous certification by the Federal Aviation Association and to continue direct engagements with prospective airlines and aircraft manufacturers.

With most of the world in quarantine and eager to travel again, Zephyr Aerospace is committed to improving the travel experience for every traveler by making personal space and inflight sleep more safe and affordable.

Zephyr Seat is a lie-flat double-decker seating concept for premium economy class passengers. Zephyr allows airlines to transform the seats in premium economy class on wide-body aircraft into lie-flat beds.