DESIGN B R I EF
014 JULY 2019
Passengers can switch between various cabin
scenarios, for example tailored for business or
leisure. The central partition/bar supports this
flexibility – it is closed to create privacy for
business meetings and opened to ensure a
sociable atmosphere in leisure mode.
Technologies support every scenario. For example,
in business mode passengers may want to use
the cabin’s high-speed internet to support video
conferencing, while in leisure mode, projections on
the lining and ceiling can help them relax. The
modes are also differentiated by the lighting and
what is shown on the displays.
This ACJ320 concept by
Lufthansa Technik and Ameco
Beijing, called Nature’s Touch,
was developed for the Chinese market.
The central idea was to combine a natural
aesthetic with the latest technologies.
“We are using natural materials –
including bamboo wood, leather, marble,
silk, wool and cotton – for all surfaces,”
says Jan Grube, head of Asia sales for VIP
and special-mission aircraft at Lufthansa
Technik. “We have also responded to the
need for smart technology. However, such
technology is hidden, so it will not bother
its user until he or she needs it. This
makes the cabin clean and sleek, not
overloaded with visible features.”
The technology includes a smart
touchscreen table and smart window
panels, hidden PCUs, intelligent cabin
signs and wireless PED charging. The
designers also envisage voice and gesture
recognition being incorporated to simplify
the CMS and IFE interface.
“We can’t elaborate on technical
details, but we would either design the
solutions, or adapt other proven solutions
used in this industry,” says Grube.
One special area is the cinema, which
features a new louvred ceiling concept
and a roll-up 75in OLED screen, which
Grube believes to be the largest on a
narrow-body. Other cabin zones include
a galley, guest area, lounge, master
bedroom and a dining/meeting area.
Flexibility was a key part of the brief.
“In an aircraft you are limited in terms of
space and weight, so we designed parts
to be used in different ways,” says Grube.
Examples include two single coffee
tables on each side of the walkway in the
lounge, which can join to create a large
dining table. There is also a convertible
divan and a partition that can transform
into a bar in the centre of the room.
Grube says clients’ personal tastes
can also be supported. “We haven’t seen
a design similar to ours,” he says. “The
project has been very well received. We
think it will come to life pretty soon with
an owner who wants to use the whole
design or parts of it.”
The design would also be suitable for
other narrow-body ACJ and BBJ types,
with slight adaptions. natural high