As Airbus looks to launch new-engine option (neo) aircraft, it has announced it is also launching a new cabin brand it calls “Airspace by Airbus.” In essence, Airbus is hoping that its Airspace will enhance the passenger experience just as the new engines will enhance the airlines’ bottom line due to efficiency increases.
Culminating in what Airbus describes as “the best of [its] cabin innovation and design,” Airspace offers “a flexible canvas as a back-drop to enhance the airlines’ own brands.” The new cabin is being touted as offering a more relaxing and functional environment for the passenger while optimizing space utilization. It will be launched with the A330neo wide-body airliner, which is inspired by the cabin of its in-service sibling, the A350 XWB.
The new cabins will encompass what Airbus describes as “four key dimensions,” comfort, ambience, service, and design. Components of comfort making up that particular dimension will include larger overhead storage bins, updated spacious lavatories with antibacterial surfaces, wider seats and aisles, and unobstructed under-seat foot space.
Signature design and ambience elements that will be consistently recognizable throughout all Airspace cabins, including LED ambient mood lighting; clean, straight lines and shapes; clear surfaces; and also a unique, customizable welcome area at the main passenger boarding door.
Service features for operators include a range of new galley/lavatory options such as modular Space-Flex to maximize trolley capacity, wheelchair-accessible lavatory configurations to suit individual airline requirements, and freeing up of main deck space to allow for additional seating. Passengers will benefit from the cabin offering interactive entertainment and connectivity.