Airbus has launched a new ‘Airspace by Airbus’ cabin interior-design brand, which will make its first appearance in the cabin of the forthcoming A330neo widebody jet.
The A330neo cabin, and also the ‘Airspace by Airbus’ brand, is inspired by the positive passenger reaction Airbus has received to the cabin of the A350 XWB since the A350-900 entered commercial service, according to the manufacturer.
A350 XWB cabin technology and features will be incorporated into the A330neo cabin design, says Dr. Kiran Rao, Airbus’ executive vice president of strategy and marketing.
According to Airbus, its new cabin-design philosophy emphasizes wellbeing for passengers as well as operational performance for its airline customers.
The manufacturer’s intention is that the Airspace by Airbus design elements will offer a flexible canvas as a back-drop to enhance airlines’ own cabin interior-design brands.
“Airbus’ history of success is down to innovation – which has always included the cabin as a key driver,” says Rao.
“The new A330neo is the launch vehicle for this brand, which along with the A350 XWB begins a new family of Airbus cabins,” adds Rao.
“These will inspire and empower airlines to build the next generation of personalized flying experience for their passengers, while and at the same time optimizing the economic performance of their aircraft space,” Rao concludes.
Airbus’ new Airspace design brand encompasses four cabin-interior elements: comfort, ambience, service and design. The ‘comfort’ element is designed to provide passengers with more personal and relaxing space.
‘Ambience’ aims to enhance the cabin interior with mood lighting, quietness and an overall sense of space.
Next-generation ‘services’ throughout the cabin will provide interactive entertainment and connectivity, contemporary lavatory features and an enhanced working environment for the crew.
‘Design’ elements are aimed at creating visually appealing, customizable cabins and ergonomic features and are also “designed to perform” for the benefit of airlines’ operations, Airbus says.
According to Airbus, in aircraft with ‘Airspace by Airbus’ interiors installed, passengers will notice larger overhead storage bins, spacious and contemporary lavatories, wider seats and aisles, and unobstructed under-seat foot space.
In addition, several design elements will be consistently recognizable throughout all Airspace cabins, according to Airbus.
Examples will include latest LED-technology ambient lighting; clean, straight lines and shapes; clear surfaces, and also a unique, customizable welcome area.
Altogether, says Airbus, these aspects will result in an aesthetically pleasing cabin design combined with lots of space – which is fulfilled in the brand new cabin for the A330neo, the manufacturer claims.