As engineers consider interiors for new-design aircraft, it's helpful to take a look at some of the most innovative designs of the past and present as well as concepts that have been mulled for today's latest generation aircraft, such as the Airbus A380.
To do that, I've received permission to publish an array of photos from what is perhaps the most comprehensive interiors book around, Jetliner Cabins, which I've mentioned in a couple of previous posts. The book was originally published in 2003 and an updated version was published in 2006. As you can imagine, however, author Jennifer Coutts Clay has received many a request for yet another update.
As we near the end of 2008, Airbus is approaching design freeze on the A350, Bombardier is building up its interiors team for the CSeries (while we anxiously await a firm order announcement), and Embraer is planning new seats for its E-Jets family and studying whether a move into a larger-sized aircraft category makes sense. Meanwhile, Boeing is studying a new interior for the venerable 737 that draws on 787 features, as part of a larger "737 Re-generation" plan.
And even as airlines struggle in the face of an economic downturn, they continue to modify their cabins and bring a host of new technology on board to both differentiate their products and drive new revenue streams. We'll discuss a very creative way to do both very shortly.
Until then, let's get the creative juices flowing with that gallery of pics. (Now I'm off to bake some brownies for Santa, who might also want to think about updating that sleigh.)
The first two interiors pics, found on pages 144 and 145 of Jetliner Cabins, are courtesy Braniff/George Design Studio
The next three pics, found on pages 183, 185 top, and 189 are courtesy Airbus
The final pic, found on page 39, is courtesy British Airways
These images are featured in Jetliner Cabins by Jennifer Coutts Clay, published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. www.JetlinerCabins.com
Photo of Santa from www.pdphoto.org/PictureDetail.php?mat=&pg=7857