The innovative business class suites with ‘floating’ beds

A revolutionary cabin concept is more like a luxurious, boutique hotel room in the sky.

By Chris Ashton, March 24 2022
The innovative business class suites with ‘floating’ beds

Enter any premium business class and you have a fair idea what to expect: flat beds, an ottoman for your feet, and plenty of storage. However, these often come at the expense of space to move and stretch out… but what if they didn’t?

That’s the idea behind ‘Elevate’, a radical cabin concept which, unlike all aircraft today that use floor mounted seating tracks, suspends suite furniture from sidewall attachments to maximise space and create a twin-aisle experience on a single-aisle plane.

There's ample room to stretch out in this one-of-a-kind concept
There's ample room to stretch out in this one-of-a-kind concept

It also results in a neat party trick where the seats look as if they’re ‘floating’ above the floor.

Intended for first and business class cabins, the ‘Elevate’ suite envelopes the living space to creating a private zone that takes it beyond a mere seat into a residential oasis.

Elevate also marks a refreshing change from some of the latest business suites which have opted to hide passengers away behind high walls and sliding doors.

Renders show a light, bright space with a soothing colour palette and timber screens, as well as custom lighting, a neat slide-out dining tray, and marble-look coffee table. It somehow even makes overhead storage bins look sexy.

A soothing colour scheme and bamboo decals create a leafy oasis in the sky
A soothing colour scheme and bamboo decals create a leafy oasis in the sky

Designed by Seattle-based firm Teague, in collaboration with advanced composite engineers Nordam, who developed the sidemount braces, the next-gen suite is also significantly lighter than its competitors in the sky, helping to make flights more fuel-efficient.

If the renders are making you weak at the knees, there’s a good reason for that: industry leader Anthony Harcup, Senior Director of Airline Experience at Teague, was also behind Etihad’s iconic A380 Residence and First Class Apartments.

“At a time when passenger wellbeing and sustainability are industry priorities, ‘Elevate’ heralds-in a new generation of beautiful, simplified cabin products that will enable airlines to deliver exceptional experiences for their passengers with the economic efficiency that these smaller aircraft were designed to deliver,” explains Harcup.

Elevate is made possible by the unique 'Nbrace' system from Nordam
Elevate is made possible by the unique 'Nbrace' system from Nordam

While the concept has primarily been designed to solve pain points for passengers, it also has several advantages for airlines too, with its familiar reverse herringbone layout and solid state design making it easier to engineer and install, and no reduction in passenger numbers.

‘Elevate’ will be showcased at the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2022 in Hamburg and is also among the shortlisted entries in the 2022 Crystal Cabin Awards.

18 Sep 2015

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I love it! If only...

Although the timber slats do remind me of the sides of my cot and playpen when I was a toddler...

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24 Apr 2017

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And (wood) add far too much weight to ever be used by any airline in the real world.


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