The Future of Airplane Cabin Design makes me want to fly again
With the cost of flying soaring and very little in the way of change to the interior of planes over the past 25 years, the Aircraft Interiors Expo is the launch pad for cabin programmes showcasing tomorrow’s designs, in-flight entertainment, connectivity and passenger services.
The hot thing in this area of design is making things lightweight, as airline companies struggle with rising fuel prices and tries to get an airplane’s overall weight down. Thus even seatbelts are getting the ultra light treatment, as shaving a mere 65 grams off of each one adds up when multiplied across planes and fleets.
This concept is Boeing’s design for the interior of the 787 (pictured above). It uses dynamic LED lighting to replicate day-to-night light patterns and offers larger seats, aisles, windows and overhead bins than current planes.
IMS Company’s Rave, is an entertainment system made up of a system control unit (SCU) and a seat display unit (SDU). With Rave, content and functionality is stored in each seat on SD cards, leaving the SCU to simply load up content and interface updates in the background at scheduled times.