Airbus’ New Business Jet Is Like Flying on a Spaceship
At the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland, Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) revealed its new Harmony cabin design for wide-body private planes — and it is out of this world.
“Harmony is a timeless and elegant design concept because we dare to break the conventions that are traditionally imposed on us as cabin designers,” says ACJ Head of Creative Design Sylvain Mariat. “Our creativity needs to be unique to fit the needs of our customers, as befits a host receiving their guests in their ‘world above the world.’”
The new design is based on the Airspace design for Airbus airliner planes. It offers the environmental control and lighting improvements as well as a cabin shell design that leaves more room for passengers.
The interior of the new ACJ flows in curves and semi-circles, from a grand entrance complete with a holographic globe that shows the airplane’s trajectory around the Earth, to the spaceship-like lounge area featuring round-tables and concentric chaises for socializing that would make the knights of Camelot very happy. A conference/dining room features an arched table with room for six, a long, curved sofa and a VIP bathroom.
At the front of the plane, there is a master bedroom with en-suite bath, a private office, and a crew rest area.
The back of the plane holds four-room guest suites complete with private office space, sofas that convert to double beds, and private bathrooms with shower facilities. There is a separate room at the very back for personal staff which fits six business-class seats, lavatories, and storage.
“Long-haul flights provide time for productive work and socializing, as well as rest, and ACJ’s Harmony cabin concept is wonderfully well designed to enable all of these while bringing the world within a single flight,” says ACJ President Benoit Defforge.
This new Harmony interior was designed for the ACJ330neo — a private jet version of the wide-body A330neo that airlines fly — and can be adapted to the Airbus ACJ350XWB. Airbus Corporate Jet customers can also decorate the interior of their “homes in the sky” to suit their tastes.
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