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poses a dual level and reconfigurable layout, providing tailored
spaces for families, groups and solo passengers, including Premium
Economy with private compartments and upper and lower level
SII Deutschland has developed the Outback Seat Concept for the
rear of the aircraft where the non- reclining seats usually inhabits
the last seating row. A modified standard galley, lavatory or parti-
tion provides integrated backrests for the seat rather than having a
backrest that can’t recline and wasted space.
Catering specifically for the Asian market, the FUCAM (Future
Cabin for the Asian Market) consortium, including Airbus, Aalto
University, Cranfield University, Jamco and Stelia, have made the
shortlist with its conceptual cabin featuring high-density main deck
and lower deck facilities for Asian passengers on mid-haul flights.
The configuration is optimised for a high-density cabin and suited
to low-cost carriers (LCCs) and ancillary revenue opportunities. The
lower deck features restrooms and an Airlounge, as well as “Experi-
ence Modules”. Mormedi’s Super Eco Seat, which was developed as
part of the FUCAM project, has also made the shortlist.
Lower Deck Passenger Experience Modules are the focus of
Airbus’s entry in conjunction with Safran. The modules feature
lower-deck sleeping berths which would fit into the aircraft’s cargo
compartments. The modules are interchangeable with cargo com-
partments and do not require any strengthening of the cargo floor.
The humble aircraft lavatory makes a number of appearances.
Interior design specialist Acumen Design Associates teamed up
with VT Volant on a new lavatory upgrade system. The modular
ARC lavatory is purpose-designed with design principles meeting
“cutting-edge hygiene technologies”, according to the partners.
Krueger Aviation and Zweigrad have teamed up to develop the K2
Future Lavatory, which is a “multi-cultural lavatory that hygienically
accommodates both western and squatting positions”. A diagonally
situated toilet provides more space than the traditional positioning,
while a waterfall faucet and an inclined washbasin reduce splashing.
There is also more room for parents changing babies’ nappies and
passengers are kept up to date with pertinent flight information and
instructions displayed in multiple languages on the mirror.
Krueger and Zweigard have also made the shortlist with their
lavatory basin, the K2 Easyswap Future basin, which uses ball pins
and coupling to allow quick detachment.
Miya and Spekon Saechsische Spezialkonfektion have developed
a self-cleaning lavatory solution, which replaces all hard surfaces
in an aircraft lavatory with soft, flame retardant visco-elastic foam
(memory foam) that is covered with an anti-bacterial, anti-microbial
nanotechnological quilted fabric in a metallic look. This concept
aims to minimise injuries resulting from turbulence and reduce
North Carolina University partnered with Collins Aerospace are
also shortlisted for their lavatory, the AirGlide, which is designed for
handicapped passengers and allows them to transfer independently
from a wheelchair to the toilet. In the design, the plumbing has been
relocated to the back of the toilet, providing more space for users
and increasing comfort. The solution is also beneficial for the elderly
and overweight, says the partners, with handrails increasing stability
and ease of movement for all individuals.
“Smart” or “intelligent” products are also heavily featured — rang-
ing from seats to lights to overhead bins and pet crates. Aircraft Cab-
in Modification’s SMEATED Smart Seat, for example, motivates the
passenger through visual feedback to improve their sitting position.
Astronics has come up with an Intelligent Bin System that uses
connectivity to report overhead bin available space and detect any
outgassing events that precede lithium ion battery fires.
Even your pets are set to benefit from “smart” solutions, with
Collins Aerospace’s Smart Pet Crate, designed in conjunction with
Formation Design Group, providing pet owners with the ability to
monitor, virtually tend to and interact with their pets during travel.
The solution is intended as a carrier-supplied offering and follows a
number of recent highly publicised pet deaths during airline travel.
Boeing, meanwhile, is on the shortlist with its Boeing Smart Cabin,
which is an integrated system, similar to a smart home capability,
that orchestrates capabilities and functions in the cabin in response
to passenger and crew needs and improving airplane cabin efficien-
cy through the use of analytics.
A number of airlines have made the shortlist with their own cabin
products and services. Emirates’ fully enclosed First Class private
suite is on the list. The suite provides up to 40 sq ft of personal space
in a one-one-one configuration. Each suite features a leather seat
which reclines into a bed, a video call function, service window and
suites located in the middle row have a virtual window projecting
the view from outside the aircraft using real time camera technology.
The Virtual Window is a shortlisted entry in its own right from Collins.
Qantas’ Boeing 787 Premium Economy seat, designed by Thomp-
son Aero Seating in conjunction with Australian industrial designer
David Caon, is also shortlisted. The seat has been designed espe-
cially for ultra-long-haul flying.
Singapore Airlines makes the grade, in conjunction with Panason-
ic, for its myKrisWorld personalised IFE experience, which carries
a passenger ’s playlists and bookmarks across flights, and provides
Panasonic also features in United Airlines’ Entertainment for All
entry, which highlights the airline’s IFE that accommodates any level
of visual acuity and hearing and mobility challenged passengers.
El Al, in conjunction with Global Eagle, is shortlisted with its new
graphical user interface, while LIFT Strategic Design has entered
Philippine Airlines’ Airbus A350 mood lighting, which features sun-
rise, fiesta and celebration themes.
Air New Zealand’s Economy Skycouch is once again featured, this
time for the safety enhancements, which include an infant harness,
an infant pod and the Cuddle Belt.
◀ COMAC’s AeroCloud First Class space solution delivers
a “calm and tranquil environment”.
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