B ack in the October 2018 issue, we
ran a feature on environmentally
responsible materials, in which
designers noted greater demand for green
options. This trend is increasingly obvious.
For example, 23 business aircraft flew to EBACE
2019 using sustainable alternative jet fuel, and
Eviation launched an interesting all-electric,
zero-emission aircraft at the Paris Air Show.
There have also been some fascinating interior
design ideas. For example, just as this issue went
to press, Swiss design firm Yasava Solutions
revealed it would use a carbon-offsetting
programme called Oxï-Zen to ensure its latest
large-cabin business jet design would be carbonneutral.
The design also features materials
sourced sustainably, plus new options for recycled
and “technologically advanced” natural materials.
Meanwhile, Brazilian OEM Embraer has
created two new concepts full of sustainable
solutions. The cover story is the Praeterra design
for the Praetor 600. Materials include a
by-product of the fruit industry, metal and
leather reclaimed from boneyard aircraft, and
plastic fished out of the sea. Turn to page 26 for
more details. Some of these ideas have also been
incorporated in the Bali design for the Lineage
1000E, which you can see on page 9.
Jay Beever, head of Embraer Design Ops,
emphasises that his new ideas do not sacrifice
luxury – indeed, like in every VIP cabin, they
hinge on intricate craftsmanship.
Finding enough people with the specialist
skills needed to complete such projects is a
perennial challenge for the industry. In the article
on page 34, three completion centres share their
strategies for recruiting and retaining the best.
Then on page 42, we profile some outstanding
artisans, who share the challenges and joys of
their chosen careers.
Finally, you may have noticed that Business
Jet Interiors International has a new publisher
– the Mark Allen Group. Rest assured that the
magazine is still created by the same core team
as before, and we are all very excited for the
future – watch this space!
Izzy Kington, editor