Jonathan Norris, formerly A350 XWB cabin and cargo programme manager, is Airbus‘s vice-president cabin design, responsible for new development. He is a chartered engineer with the UK Royal Aeronautical Society.
What sparked your interest in aviation?
As a child I was introduced to aviation through my uncle, who was in the Royal Air Force and who was an avid aircraft model maker. Through making numerous models, devouring aviation books and regular trips to aircraft museums and air shows with my uncle, I was quickly hooked.
As a teenager I worked as a volunteer at the de Havilland Aircraft Museum at Salisbury Hall helping to restore a DH98 Mosquito. This convinced me that I wanted to leave school and take up an apprenticeship, which I did with British Aerospace at Hatfield in 1985.
What does your job entail?
I am responsible for new development activities in cabins on Airbus programmes. My team defines, designs and with our suppliers/partners delivers cabin interiors and lighting, monuments (lavatories, galleys and stowages), cabin electronic systems, passenger and cabin crew seats, in-flight entertainment and connectivity. I am also involved in the steering of research and technology projects such as our Spice project, which brings an innovative approach to galleys.