We all love to board those decorative, comfortable and luxurious flights, usually coming with a hefty price tag. Air travel in many parts of the world is still considered an affair of the riches, however, thanks to the introduction of low-cost budget flights and advancement in aviation technology the industry has seen a healthy rise in number of passengers, especially in emerging countries such as China and India.
Readiness to Adopt
The aviation industry has moved ahead from the time when its only concern was ensuing safe and quick transport. Modernization of aviation technology has allowed the industry to go one step further, it now focuses on many more aspects of an airplane most of them being passenger-centric. To be more precise, airlines are looking into finer details and trying to offer passengers a luxurious experience of the journey. In making those extravagant moments, aircraft interiors play a crucial role right from curtains to antimacassars, carpets to roof decor and salt shakers to button-hole napkins are designed to give an enchanting feeling to the passenger. As the competition grows, airlines try of establish brand trademarks through definitive interior styling exclusive to the aircraft. However, it is mandatory for aircraft interiors to comply with Federal Aviation Administration guidelines.
An aircraft interior comprises of each and every component present inside the pressure shell or the aircraft fuselage. Hence, manufacturers and designers are covering as an extra mile to create the best of what is possible without compromising on safety or passenger comfort. Architectures are using new compound materials such as carbon fiber and polystone to curve out seats, tables and window panels that are lighter and easily moldable. Seatback screens, 180 degree reclining and excess to multimedia entertainment has been few of the popular offerings. Lighting has been a section where designers have been putting a lot of emphases. Latest lighting systems can dynamically improve the essential elements of interior design, which are being installed in even low range flights with zero additional charge.
Popular airlines such as Etihad Airways, Icelandair, Lufthansa and Emirates are believed to the pioneers of such travel concepts. For instance, the Icelandic Hekla Aurora aircraft is famous for its LED mood lighting system that imitates the country’s single greatest tourist attraction aurora borealis on the ceiling of its interior. Etihad, on the other hand, features a lighting system for its business-class passengers that replicate the shadows cast by the moon through the palm tree branches commonly found in Abu Dhabi’s. While these flashy aircraft interiors deliver the essence of pure artistic divinity, the behemoth price tags they carry might not get considered by most passengers. Hence, some airlines are targeting low-cost segments as the major business strategy. A Chinese budget carrier – Spring Airlines, has recently revealed its interest in deploying flight having interior designs to support passengers willing to stand and travel. A similar proposal was given by another low-cost carrier Ryanair Ltd few months ago – but aviation authorities are quite reticent to consider such a concept owing to safety concerns.
According to a report published by Future Market Insights (FMI), the global market for aircraft cabin interior comprising of windows, seats, floor panels, interior lights and many more components that form the entire aircraft interior fuselage will expand at over 3% compound annual growth rate between 2016 and 2026.