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the potential of unforeseen certi cation problems
arising. At the Dreamliner Gallery, on the other hand,
customers can make all major supplier decisions in one
place, secure in the knowledge that everything on o er
has been pre-certi cated and will not cause problems
e facility covers an area of 54,000 square feet
and presents customers with options covering seating,
galleys, in-flight entertainment (IFE), emergency
equipment, fabrics and other items.
Seat options in the 787 catalogue cover both
premium seats and six di erent brands of economy-
class seat, each rated by Boeing for comfort, size and
other factors. Customers are also given the option
of incorporating their own, unique innovations to
maintain a distinctive brand. e seats are displayed
mounted on actual 787 seat racks and can be moved
to show various amounts of seat pitch.
A galley showroom displays a range of items such
as ovens and co ee makers, which customers can view
and operate in a fully-functioning kitchen.
Flight deck and crew rest area mock-ups are also
on show, as well as a full-scale cabin mock-up, where
customers can experience things like their lighting
selection in a realistic environment.
e backbone of the Gallery is a virtual con guration
tool called eCon g , which allows customers to upload
their preferences onto a computer terminal, which
then o ers a virtual tour through the aircra cabin.
Elements of the con guration can be changed with a
click of the mouse.
Boeing s European rival Airbus, too, has adopted a
simpli ed interior selection process for the new A350
XWB widebody twinjet, which will compete with
larger versions of the 787 and some models of the 777.
The Toulouse based company said it offers A350
XWB customers choices of cabin suppliers in much
the same way as it has hitherto offered engine
choices. Airbus has a catalogue of contracted
suppliers, guaranteed to meet technical and
performance specifications. Airlines will then be
able to choose from these suppliers and negotiate
Airbus said the new system will substantially trim
lead times compared with previous, more cumbersome,
interior selection processes, while ensuring improved
systems integration and o ering better reliability from
the start of ser vice.
Airbus change the interior selection process in
part because of pressure on aircra pricing as airlines
become ever more cost-conscious. e change has also
been driven by the fact that the A350 programme is
following a tighter development schedule, since it is
reaching the market behind the rival 787.
Airbus has simplified its cabin-interior selection process for the A350 XWB.
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