Airbus: Aircraft Interiors Expo 2016 (AIX), Hamburg Show issue
The A350 XWB’s cabin interior recently won a prestigious design award – the 2016 “Best of the Best” Red Dot Award for Product Design. Announcing the award to Dipl.-Des. Stephan Sontag, Airbus Head of Cabin Vision & Product Design, Professor Dr. Peter Zec, founder and President of Red Dot commented: “You showed high competency with your submission and are one of this year’s best of the industry. Your product possesses one of the world’s most outstanding designs in 2016.” The Red Dot jury consisted of 41 members, including independent designers, design professors and specialist journalists. This year only 1.5 percent of the recipients earned the highest distinction: “Best of the Best”. The A350’s market leading cabin design seamlessly blends cabin appearance and functional requirements to create a simple yet sophisticated cabin, benefiting both airlines and passengers. The cabin also makes use of Airbus’ unique cabin design language that supports our “Airspace by Airbus” brand and is unmistakably Airbus.
Malaysia Airlines’ (MAS) has contracted Airbus to upgrade the Business Class cabins of its A330 fleet. Currently, all 15 of Malaysia Airlines’ A330s are being upgraded and deployed progressively, with the retrofits being completed around the fourth quarter of 2016. The new Business Class seats offer a pitch of 44 inches with a width of 20 inches and length of 76 inches when fully flat. The seats come with increased working space with 90% of all seats having direct aisle access due to the 1-2-1 and 1-2-2 seat layout, with extra stowage space for personal items. Each seat is equipped with a 16-inch touch screen in-flight entertainment system. The newly configured A330s will have 27 all new Business Class seats and 263 Economy Class seats.
Delta Air Lines recently became the first customer to take delivery of an A320 Family aircraft with the new ‘pivoting’ overhead stowage compartments. Their new A321 allows 60% more roll-on carry-on bags to be stored compared to the traditional ‘fixed’ bin option. More passengers will find space for their belongings closer to their seat. The airline is also the first to fly “Space-Flex v2” – an optimized rear cabin configuration that integrates two lavatories and four trolleys outside the revenue area. Combined with ‘Smart-Lav’ also installed in these new aircraft – the optimized footprint lavatory – this resulting arrangement allows Delta to place 192 seats in the two-class cabin layout without compromising passenger comfort.