Most large-cabin business jet interiors are based on a configuration designed for US executives in the Mad Men era, says Christopher Mbanefo, chief executive of Yasava Solutions [stand 971].
He says the standard, three-section, 12-passenger layout of facing club seats, office and rear bedroom was developed for Gulfstream in the 1960s, and has changed little since.
Mbanefo, whose company is making its EBACE debut, vows to change the way ultra-high-net-worth individuals choose interiors for their jets, especially in emerging regions such as Asia, Africa and the Middle East, where cultural requirements can be very different to traditional markets.
Yasava Solutions, which Mbanefo has evolved from his Swiss-based Yasava Aerospace engineering consultancy, is launching a lie-flat seat for business jets at the show. An engineering prototype of the Aiana seat is on Yasava's stand, and Mbanefo expects it to be certificated in 11 months. He says there has been a "lot of interest" from the market, especially in Asia.
As well as offering the seat, Yasava is offering to design entire cabins for end-users. Mbanefo hopes to announce completion centre partners "very shortly".
Source: Flight Daily News