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Aircraft Interiors Expo

Stepping into the future of the modern airline cabin

eTN Staff Writer  May 13, 2010

Aircraft Interiors Expo, which is taking place at the Hamburg Messe from May 18-20, is recognized globally as a showcase for the very latest in pioneering aircraft interiors design, from ultramodern cabin concepts to the latest lightweight composite materials.

Even in first class, the age-old challenge of accessing a window seat without disturbing aisle side passengers continues to perplex airlines. At Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg next week, B/E Aerospace is introducing its Staggered Premium Suite concept to solve this problem. The design offers an innovative 2-2-2 layout, which allows both privacy and accessibility, while at the same time giving an overall higher density configuration. With a modern architectural design, this first-class suite includes an electro-chromatic glass dividing screen, which turns from clear to opaque, providing privacy for passengers at the touch of a button.

An example of the innovation that will be on display includes 3D visualisation of a truly futuristic first-class cabin interior design, which will be on show in the exhibition's Innovation Lounge. Sponsored by Autodesk, which provides software to help designers and engineers create visually appealing interiors, the display includes a 40 percent scale model of a futuristic aircraft seat. The seat was designed by one of Autodesk's clients, The Envisage Group, using the company's Digital Prototyping software.

To complete the picture, the ultramodern first-class cabin interior design that accompanies the seat can be viewed in high definition, 3D glory thanks to HoloVis, a specialist in 3D visualisation, which is displaying this concept on large scale 3D screens. To gain the full impact, visitors will be able to pick up 3D spectacles at one of the show's entrances.

Continuing the 3D theme, Chameleon Products will be exhibiting its latest product, Visionairy, which introduces 3D images into the cabin environment. Chameleon says the technology means that any image can be turned into 3D and enclosed in a frame, which is aviation approved. The idea is for airlines to create their own 3D art galleries in sizes up to 2m by 1m for fixing to bulkheads, cabin dividers or other areas onboard an aircraft.

Aircraft Interiors Expo is the largest dedicated aircraft interiors event in the world and will see companies exhibiting the full spectrum of technologies and products for airline constructors and operators.

Stepping into the future of the modern airline cabin
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