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One of the quirkiest offerings unveiled at the
EBACE 2010 show was BAE Systems Regional
Aircraft and British design consultancy Design
Q's concept for the world's first 'camper jet'.
There are two versions of the exclusive
aircraft. The Avro Business Jet Explorer One and
Explorer Four are the first of five interiors that
BAE has commissioned Design Q to develop
for the ABJ. The other three designs will be
released over the next few months.
The focal point is a unique viewing platform
that extends from the aircraft when on the
ground. The jet's side cargo door swings open
hydraulically, revealing a concealed platform
that extends out from the fuselage to become
a balcony. This so-called Air Deck transforms
the rear of the aircraft into what BAE describes
as "the ultimate living space, providing an
elevated outdoor viewing deck combined with
a luxurious indoor space."
The aircraft interior includes a bright,
spacious lounge, with curved sofas
surrounding a low central ottoman, housing
concealed television screens. The bulkhead is
home to a fully equipped office workstation
and there is a large display cabinet adding to
the on-board opulence.
Design Q has added a white marble stone
floor, providing a grand entrance in the
vestibule, which is echoed in the central table
situated behind the lounge in its own alcove.
There is also a large lavatory accessible from
the walkway to the rear lounge and Air Deck.
Both aircraft share the same layout for the Air
Deck, which features an open plan galley next
to the platform incorporating the latest kitchen
appliances and gadgets.
By contrast, the Explorer Four tackles the
luxury charter travel market and aims to
compete with the luxury yacht sector. The
aircraft can accommodate four couples or
singles in their own private VIP cabins. The four
cabins each feature a sofa-chair that can be
converted to a full-size bed, an entertainment
system with 17-inch, high-definition monitor,
full-height wardrobe and direct access to a
dressing room with toilet and shower in the
mid section of the aircraft.
BAE SYSTEMS / DESIGN Q
EBACE Show Report
BAE Systems Regional Aircraft and the UK's
Cello Aviation jointly exhibited the latest
converted Avro Business Jet (ABJ) at the show.
It was the first public outing for the Cello
ABJ, which flew directly to Geneva after
completion at Inflite Engineering Services
Southend facility just before the show. Cello
acquired the aircraft late last year and will
offer it to the UK and European VIP executive
Cello's Chief Executive Officer Nim Baines
designed the interior with 46 first-class seats,
which can be reconfigured as a 44-seat
layout with a Club 4 arrangement upfront.
The four-abreast, parchment-coloured leather
seats have 43-inch pitch. A moveable cabin
divider, together with the hot galleys makes
for a bespoke customer focused product.
Baines said: ''This aircraft has an interior
configuration unique within Europe and
is targeted towards the high-end group
movements market, particularly the
sporting team and entertainment industry.
Additionally, we expect the product launch
sector to find this level of in-flight service
quality particularly attractive. Initial enquires
received so far have significantly exceeded
Inflite also kitted out an ABJ for the
Presidential Flight of Abu Dhabi. A third ABJ
acquired by the company will incorporate an
interior developed by the Linley design group.
Over the past two years, there have been 13
BAe 146/Avro RJs converted into ABJs, which
represent about half the total of current in-
service aircraft in the corporate role.
Cello, BAE display converted ABJ
NEWS IN BRIEF
MAC AIRCRAFT Sales sold its third Bombardier
CRJ200 GLS aircraft, to Emerald Jet, a Saudi charter
company. The aircraft will be the first VIP CRJ200 to
be based in Beirut. The CRJ 200 GLS is MAC's own
branded version of Flying Colours' CRJ ExecLiner,
featuring a 16-passenger VIP interior and extended-
range fuel tanks. MAC Chief Executive Jim Iacono
says: "We have two more GLS sales in the pipeline
over the next couple of months. One model will likely
go to the Middle East and the other to a US client."
ARINC DIRECT, a flight-planning and datalink
communications firm, has also made inroads into
Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Over the past year,
the company has added 100 aircraft to its customer
base in Europe and the Middle East and hired four
additional staff in Delhi and Singapore. It now
supports 350 business aircraft throughout the region.
As Asian Aviation reported last issue, May's European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition
(EBACE) was an indicator that the blighted business aviation sector is more optimistic than it
has been in two years. Liz Moscrop concludes her report from Geneva.
Design Q displays new interiors
concepts for the ABJ
The Air Deck balcony converts the rear of the Avro Business
Jet Explorer One into the "ultimate living space", BAE says.
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