BAE Systems and UK design consultancy Design Q today unveiled at the show their latest interior concept for the Avro Business Jet aimed at VIP group transportation.

Branded the ABJ Fusion, the design is the third of five VIP configurations for the four-engine regional jet. The first two designs - the ABJ Explorer One and Explorer Four - were unveiled at European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in May, while the remaining Design Q offerings will be unveiled later this year and in early 2011.

The ABJ Fusion is aimed at group transportation including sports teams, musicians, celebrities, company product launches and corporate travel.

"The ABJ Fusion blends the unique capabilities of the aircraft with an interior that reacts to today's modern global lifestyle and is aimed at providing an aircraft environment that encourages passengers to socialise during the flight," said BAE at the show today.

ABJ Fusion interior concept
 © Design Q
The ABJ Fusion, is the third of five VIP configurations for the four-engine regional jet

The Fusion makes full use of the ABJ's interior, including the air stairs at the front and rear of the aircraft which "provide an easy and elegant way for the passengers to board and reduce the need for ground support". Designers have also incorporated different 'mood' areas into the cabin to suit guests' individual tastes.

"As our lifestyle and travel requirements evolve, there are some exciting opportunities to develop the interior offering of business jets. The wide cabin of the ABJ in conjunction with the latest entertainment and lighting technologies has allowed us to develop a unique interior layout with a chameleon-like ability to change character," said Gary Doy. Design Q owner.

The interior can seat 19 passengers within the three lounges. The mood lighting system allows each lounge to be lit independently while the forward lounge has a 50" HD television monitor mounted on an offset and angled bulkhead providing a bold visual focal point that can be seen from half way down the aircraft. A discrete library is also incorporated into the forward lounge and stocked with the latest magazines. The large rear lounge incorporates an informal seating layout along with a club 4 and club 2 seat at the aft end. "The overall effect is one of sophisticated informality which is believed will appeal to a cross section of VIP customers," said BAE.


Source: Flight Daily News