The so-called ABJ Fusion concept takes in the entire length of the aircraft’s fuselage with different lounge areas fused together and punctuated by mood lighting to provide individual pockets for guests to chill out. The idea is borne of high end modern hotel design, encouraging social interaction.
“The market this is aimed at is the charter aircraft market; product launches, sports teams, musicians, celebrities, exclusive travel market and corporate VIP. It is akin to a flying limousine service where the guests enjoy the moment from the time they board through to arriving at their destination and then fly back after the event,” says BAE Systems spokesman David Dorman.
“We believe this concept has much market appeal, particularly in the United States and that the ABJ is well suited to this role because of its uninterrupted interior wide cabin size, aircraft performance (it can transport guests from up country short airfields to the big city downtown noise restricted airport) and the fact that its low acquisition cost means that more money can be spent on creating the right interior ambience”
BAE and Design Q reckon that a total price all in for the aircraft and this type of interior would be between $10-12 million – far cheaper than a brand new mid-sized business jet – with a timescale of between 9-12 months for the conversion.
Design Q’s other work for the ABJ includes designing the stunning ‘Explorer’ vessel concept.