Matters of cabin are important as it is where most customers would like to spend their time onboard. OEMs and MROs are aware of these fact and they have left no stone unturned to craft state-of-the-art interiors for refurbished and new business airplanes.
The outcome of these efforts can be seen inside the airplanes at EBACE 2017 and within Palexpo, on static display. Companies and people here will showcase their exquisite installation, design and modification products and services. Visitors will have access to the complete world of aircraft interior expertise and expertise, from bespoke purveyors to largest completion centers.
On booth V96 is Comlux Aviation from Switzerland which celebrated the delivery of first executive-configured EASA-certified cabin in a Sukhoi Business Jet (SBJ). It is engineered, designed and installed by Comlux America, its narrow body completion center in US.
This executive liner can fly with 19 people and features a contemporary corporate interior along with a VIP area in the forward cabin. It is connected by a club-four seating area across the side-facing sofa. Behind it are 15 first class seats in the executive section. The executive version of the Sukhoi Superjet 100, SBI, is owned in Kasakhastan by Kasakhmys Corporation.
To fulfill the preferences and needs in interiors of tomorrow’s customers, Comlux America collaborated with four big designers in the industry – Design Q, Alberto Pinto, Winch Design and Unique Aircraft. The purpose was to develop different concepts in interior décor and floor plan for the narrow body aircraft of the next generation – including BBJ Max 8 and Airbus ACJ neo.
Comlux wants to accumulate concepts and perspectives that represent the different styles, cultures and tastes of prospective VIP customers. It also wants to form “concept books” that can assist customers in planning completion. You can get all the updates on the all-star designer interior concepts from Comlux representatives at the EBACE 2017.
On Booth J79 is Lufthansa Technik from Germany which has recently finished VIP interior installation on a new Airbus ACJ 319 in collaboration with Hermes, the Parisian design house which is famous for its expertise in made-to-measure accessories.
Lufthansa Technik’s VIP & Special Mission Aircraft Services Division has crafted the interior for a customer from the Greater China region. The aircraft features a spacious lounge and dining area, fully equipped and a master bedroom / office.
The club seats and divans of this 19 passenger business jet are designed and upholstered by craftsmen at Hermes and the aft curtains and cabin bulkhead feature Hermes fabric.
All these tie-ups and the use of highly refined material in interior designing is a distinct feature of industry trend and much of it can be clearly seen here at EBACE 2017.
On Booth T110 is F.List which displays real stone and wooden flooring, whose use in business jets airplanes has been pioneered by the Austrian interior parts provider. F.List is the sole manufacturer in the industry for stone and wood cabin flooring with integrated heating. It combines the heating system and natural materials in a lightweight, space-saving flooring product.
On Booth J79 is Inairvation which is one more example of collaborative trends in the industry and the advancements it promotes. Unique cabin solutions including CMS, IFE, lighting and seating systems have been created by a joint venture between F.List, LHT and Inairvation, both for OEM and aftermarket applications. Some of the solutions from Inairvation that have already been used by MROs are displayed here at EBACE 2017.
On Booth P106 will be Flying Colours from Canada which is a aftermarket pioneer that uses carbon fiber for refurbishing cabin. This was applied for the first time in the makeover of a Bombardier Challenger 850. As it arrive at EBACE 2017 it is an the verge of completing the first cabin refurbished incorporated, pre-engineered carbon fiber components from Inairvation.
On Booth G88 is Duncan Aviation which is now the exclusive distributor in US of Integrated Smart Cabin Upgrade from Inairvation for Gulfstream 450 and 550. According to Duncan, the custom fit modular solution comprises of a Lufthansa Technik HD CMS package which provides a fresh, new look to the cabin along with advanced functionality. The interior refurbishment for Global Express has recently been completed by Duncan.
It is not just the comfort and cosmetics that benefit when refurbishment and completion specialists show their magic. On booth R134 is the Swiss full service provider Jet Aviation which worked on ACJ 330 recently at its Basel Completion Center.
Some high end finishes were incorporated in the work performed and the weight management processes resulted in making the aircraft considerably lighter as was required by the customer. According to vice president, Completions Sales and Marketing, Matthew Woollaston, it was the longest range VIP A330 till this time.
On Booth V22 is Textron Aviation, the parent company of Beechcraft, Cessna and Bell helicopters. As the company is working on its longer range jet is giving more importance to cabin interiors. The company is planning to launch its super-midsize Citation Longitude later this year. The first flight of the aircraft will be even bigger, expected to take place in large-cabin Hemisphere in 2019.
According to senior vice-president of Interior Design and Engineering, Christi Tannabill, the company is planning to bring back all previously outsourced completion capabilities, such as seat making and cabinetry. How will these changes effect the business, this question can be answered by representatives from Textron at the EBACE 2017.
You can see Greenpoint Technologies on Booth number L71. It is a completion specialist for wide-body aircraft from Boeing. As it comes to Geneva, it is briming with confidence for earning design honors from the Seattle Design Center in the Exotic Retreats category for its Azure executive interior for a Boeing 787-9.
According to Greenpoint Design Director, Annika Wicklund, the cabin design is a reflection of the freedom of engineering, artistry and innovation. The 777-200 LR Interior which was designed by the company for Crystal AirCruises is also being considered for honor, as per Greenpoint.
The US company has recently been awarded contracts from an undisclosed customer for 787-8 and -9 head-of-state interiors. According to Greenpoint’s executive vice-president, Bret Neely, the company has more than 300,000 hours of development and design experience for the revolutionary composite 787 airframe.