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Boeing 777 business class, which was designed by
Tangerine. The design “infuses international style and
sophistication,” according to the company, including
“a rich tapestry of textures,” an innovative use of light
and shade and louvered privacy screens contrasting
the metallic finish on adjacent surfaces creating an
illusion of space.
Swiss International Airlines’ new 777 first-
class suite was submitted as an entry by designer
PriestmanGoode. The design offers “the highest
level of comfort” and is “luxurious, elegant and
timeless,” according to the designer. It also provides
more space than the previous design.
Etihad Airways submitted its First Suite on its
Boeing 787s with “unrivalled levels of space,
features and luxury,” including a luxury leather, fully
pneumatic and customisable seat that converts into
a fully-flat bed, maximum privacy, an individual chilled
mini bar, personal closet and large single leaf table.
Seats account for a large chunk of entries,
including a new business-class seat from Teague
that delivers “a comfortable, dynamic and versatile
connected seating environment.” The Waterfront
Seat seamlessly and holistically integrates next-
generation IFE and personal environment controls
with a high-density, all aisle-access business-class
seat, delivering a new level of class and comfort,
according to Teague. The seat is designed to be
“an intimate passenger oasis.”
At the other end of the cabin, Mirus Aircraft Seating
has entered its Mirus Hawk lightweight economy
aircraft seat. “Everything has been streamlined, from
the shape of the seat, the weight of the components,
to production and lead times,” says Mirus. The seat
offers 10-15 percent weight saving on competing
seats, with a pitch range of 28-35 inches and
features a fully composite frame.
Also for economy class, Rebel Aero is proposing
a seat that offers the maximum amount of space
combined with new levels of comfort and safety.
A folding booster seat allows each passenger to
change to an alternative seating position during the
flight to prevent stiffness or discomfort.
Zodiac Aerospace, meanwhile, has come up with
the Posture Seat following its work in active seating.
“The Posture Seat allows the passenger to adopt
a wide range of postures by actively responding
to his anatomy, thus improving the comfort level,”
says Zodiac. The seat features “a smart mechanical
system” that provides dynamic support.
Similarly, Sosia Aerospace’s Doctor Seat is able to
detect passenger pressure points while seated and
adds mobility to the cushion through inflatable cells.
Stelia Aerospace and Innovzen’s SeatZen allows
passengers to relax or be energised through an
onboard breathing system that allows a passenger
to breathe more deeply.
Entries also include parts of seats, such as the
U-Headrest which is an adaptation of the neck
pillow onto the seat to provide improved neck and
head comfort; and the HeadRest which is based on
a hammock construction which cradles your head
as you lean sideways, preventing sliding, as well as
Materials can also be used to improve passenger
comfort, such as NuBax and Aerofoam Industries’
ProBax Seat Technology, which was previously only
available for private and corporate aircraft, but is
now available for commercial aviation applications.
Dual-foam technology automatically delivers correct
seated posture without the use of mechanical
devices. It can be quickly incorporated into a new
seat or as a cushion change for an existing seat
model, says NuBax.
A number of armrests are also entries, including
the MARE (Movable Armrest) from Italian company
ComFly, which is a movable concept armrest aimed
at increasing passenger comfort in economy class
and allowing easy access.
The Wishbone Armrest, meanwhile, is aimed at
“eliminating the armrest wars forever.” It is a full-sized
armrest for economy seats that can be adjusted to
create the perfect position for your arm without
having to share the armrest with your neighbour.
Similarly, the Soarigama is aimed at stopping
armrest fights. It is a lightweight and portable divider
that attaches to any existing armrest to extend the
space and allow two people to comfortably share
the armrest. The origami-inspired design folds flat,
weighs less than a mobile phone and is made from
recycled plastic parts.
Reliant Worldwide Plastics’ thermoplastic armrest
assembly is lighter and stronger than traditional
armrests, offering airlines weight benefits.
Meanwhile, Jenoptik’s Heated Cup Holder
promises to keep a passenger’s hot beverage hot
throughout the flight through the use of a sensor that
activates heating. It can be easily incorporated into
armrests or foldable tables, says Jenoptik.
A number of baby seats have also been entered
this year, with Mexican company Bovidtech designing
a baby seat integrated into the aircraft bulkhead.
The seat, designed for children under two years of
age, features an adjustable five-point child retention
system, three-tilt positions, storage units and is made
of composites and light alloys.
Aircraft Cabin Products and Belgraver have also
designed a new product for children, designed to
replace the existing bassinet, which has been in use
since 1971. The proposed bassinet is based on
a modern design, reduced cost of ownership and
is 1.5kg lighter. It can also be opened at the front,
allowing parents to keep an eye on their child, and
fits onto the existing wall fittings.
Lighting developments are also recognised for their
contribution to cabin interiors, with STG Aerospace’s
LiteMood plug-and-play LED cabin lighting system,
which provides an enhanced passenger experience,
reinforces an airline’s brand and is up to 40kg lighter
and consumes 70 percent less power than original
fit fluorescent lighting.
Likewise, Cobalt Aerospace’s drop-in Spectrum
lighting system is an entry this year. Spectrum has
a palette of more than 16.8 million colours, features
age correction technology to maintain colours and
can be upgraded to provide full mood lighting, says
B/E Aerospace’s Viu lighting system can
provide a “near infinite array of lighting palettes,
patterns, intervals and lumens” and can be installed
anywhere thanks to its strip design, according to the
manufacturer. The system is currently being fitted on
105 aircraft operated by airlines including Japan Air
Lines, British Airways and American Airlines.
...the Soarigama is aimed at stopping
armrest fights. It is a lightweight and
portable divider that attaches to any
The Soarigami armrest is an origami-
inspired armrest that allows two people
to comfortably share the armrest.
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