Airbus reveals new business class cabin designs

By David Flynn, March 23 2016
Airbus reveals new business class cabin designs

Airbus has revealed all-new cabin designs for the interior of its aircraft with an emphasis on a greater sense of space and comfort for passengers.

The designs – brought together under the ‘Airspace’ cabin brand, and launched overnight in London – will debut on the next-gen Airbus A330neo in 2017, and eventually flow onto other twin-aisle jets such as the Airbus A380.

The building blocks come from the A350, which introduced several individual elements to be marketed under the Airspace brand.

Passengers will board the plane at a 'welcome area' flanked by an illuminated LED panel with highly customisable displays so that airlines can create boarding scenarios to reflect their own brand.

This can be combined with projection lighting to illuminate the galleys and lavatories, similar to what Etihad does in its Airbus A380s as well as the Boeing 787.

Deeper overhead bins offer more storage for carry-on bags – Airbus claims this will increase capacity by some 66%, allowing five bags to be carried in each bin provided they go in wheels-first.

The bin doors have new latches for easier opening and closing, and an integrated LED hand/grip rail.

As in the Airbus A350, the central luggage bins have been removed from the business class cabin to ehance the feeling of overall spaciousness.

Other elements such as magazine racks, ventilation grilles and even window bezels have also been restyled.

Airlines can also opt for a ‘fourth-generation’ inflight entertainment system with HD screens, while smaller electronic control boxes will maximise legroom under economy seats

Also on the menu are onboard WiFi and broadband inflight internet, although this remain the choice of airlines.

The lavs have also been given a make-over with LED lighting, antibacterial surfaces, touchless flushing and taps, discrete aroma dispensers and “soothing, ambient sounds’.

“What we're doing is to optimise the ways airlines use the space within the aircraft" Kiran Rao, Airbus Executive Vice-President for Strategy and Marketing, told Australian Business Traveller. "We’re utilising the space in the aircraft in a much more wise and efficient manner.”

“The actual footprint is the same but we can put in maybe 10, 12 or 14 more seats without it feeling more crowded, and also give passengers a greater feeling of space.”

Also read: Airbus considers split-level layout for A350-1000

David Flynn travelled to London as a guest of Airbus

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David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Aug 2014

Total posts 502

Looks really futuristic I must say, but then again this is just a render and things in real-life wouldn't look so nice.

Looks pretty, but less space-efficient than Zodiac Cirrus.

I love the lighting patterns though. Very cyberpunk.

Air New Zealand - NZ*E

17 May 2015

Total posts 93

The reality is that modern air travel is still a small fast moving tin can at 35,000 feet - creating for the traveller the illusion of style and comfort where personal is at a premium and airlines are trying to extract maximum revenue per seat Km while still making a profit. Mugs game I say - but we all still go back for more!!


12 Apr 2013

Total posts 1524

I am curious if loos any bigger. My biggest gripe about ALL business cabins that I ever flew is microscopic loos. To the extend that it almost impossible to change to that free PJ.


Emirates Airlines - Skywards

30 Nov 2015

Total posts 729

Amazing new looks for some old features. The LED Welcome area looks very Star Trek, so does the Cpt. Kirk style seating.

Cathay Pacific - Asia Miles

27 Nov 2012

Total posts 44

A Business Class of this caliber would make the A330 NEO a good buy for say VA, internally the same as flying an A350, minus the purchase cost,

Emirates Airlines - Skywards

11 Mar 2015

Total posts 192

good idea the touchless water taps-should have introduced a long time ago-after all the technology is widely available-and on a full flight the germs are just flying around in those loos

04 Jan 2014

Total posts 40

I would hope there is some wall or curtain between Y and J. Appreciate the open look, but I will feel the Y eyes on the back of my head, when I am walking about and at meal service. Will Y get different toilets from J

Malaysia Airlines - Enrich

27 Mar 2016

Total posts 5

Hopefully QF retrofits their cabin to this gem! >3



31 Mar 2014

Total posts 23

I appreciate its only a 'render' but is Airbus suggesting a 2-4-2 PE or perhaps Y directly behind J without any partition (as per Photos 1 and 3)?

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