EXP O P REV IEW
Premium air cabins continue
to grow in complexity, with
intricate angles and organic
curves in seats, lavatories and
other interior passenger zones.
This design complexity is
stretching the performance of
existing laminate products.
Schneller has recognised this
growing marketplace need, with
airline installers sharing
feedback about having difficulty
wrapping existing interior
laminates around increasingly
parts while maintaining the
product texture. They said they
needed a product with greater
The result is AerFilm Flex
Contour, a lighter-weight
decorative laminate with
superior formability, engineered
to cover three-dimensional
parts with compound curves.
This product is intended to
give cabin designers a greater
degree of flexibility to create
comfortable and inviting
The complex angles and
curves in passenger zones
sometimes mean that
established materials cannot
form and stretch as needed,
occasionally leaving customers
with no other option but thermal
plastics or other materials such
as paint to meet the application.
AerFilm Flex Contour is
designed to address
and Galileo offer
flat beds on
Reliability, comfort, integrated technology, slim design and
lightweight construction are key features of Aviointeriors’
Michelangelo economy class family, which will be available to
try out in LA. Aviointeriors will also be demonstrating its Adagio
business seat, which o ers a fl at bed, direct aisle access and
large ottoman space, and can be fi tted eight-abreast on B777/
B787s, seven-abreast on A330s and now even on the A320.
For shorter routes, the Galileo business class seat is space
optimised with fully fl at beds, and is o erable on long-haul
aircraft, as well as on the A320 Family in a 2-1 confi guration.
A further model on show will be Canova, a mechanical
business class seat o erable on most narrow and wide-bodies
that features a recline of up to 15in, leg-rest and foot-rest, and
can be upgraded to electrically controlled mechanisms.
Finally, the Skywave lightweight seat concept is available
to try. The cradle design has been
engineered with a single rotation
point, and is a concept for a lighter
but spacious business class.
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TOM LIPSCOMB, HEAD OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT AT
PRIESTMANGOODE, WILL BE DISCUSSING THE ACCESSIBLE
CABIN AS WELL AS SEATING COMFORT AT THE CABINSPACE LIVE
SEMINAR. HERE’S WHAT HE HAS TO SAY…
WHAT COMFORT TECHNOLOGIES WILL MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE
TO THE NEXT GENERATION OF ECONOMY SEATS?
We are seeing some great developments in intelligent and permeable
fabrics, climate control of seats, as well as innovative uses of structural
composites. The next generation will also have improved living space
through the careful use of lighter, sculptural composites and comfort
WHEN WILL WE SEE A MAJOR DISRUPTION IN ECONOMY
Any legislation regarding passenger space would be a major disruptor.
BUSINESS CLASS IS HIGHLY LUXURIOUS NOWADAYS. HOW WILL
IT MOVE FORWARD?
We’ll continue to move towards cabins with increased connectivity to
help produce a bespoke experience. Customised catalogue products will
allow airlines to get products to market quicker and cheaper, but
passengers will be able to create a personalised space through design
interfaces such as lighting and climate.
DO YOU HAVE FAITH IN THE FUTURE OF FIRST CLASS?
First class is not dead! Those carriers committed to offering an
exclusive offer will continue to do so – especially on flagship aircraft.
We are also seeing a move towards a more premium, bespoke product
for long-range narrow-body aircraft.
REGARDING THE ACCESSIBILITY SESSION, WHAT ARE YOUR
MAIN CONCERNS FOR WHEELCHAIR USERS ON BOARD?
We try to consider our designs for passengers with disabilities of all
kinds. Maintaining dignity and accessibility for all are goals all designers
should strive toward..
IS PRIESTMANGOODE’S AIR ACCESS SEAT CONCEPT LIKELY
TO FIND ITS FIRST CUSTOMER SOON?
We’d like to think so. We have experienced a lot of interest from
manufacturers and airlines. As accessibility is increasingly considered
within our built environment,
it is clear that design can help
people with disabilities. It’s
encouraging to see the issue
has picked up momentum, as
demonstrated by the
inclusion of the accessibility
session at this conference.
Five seats to try
LEFT: THE VERSATILE