BAE Systems goes exploring with Design Q in the interior

  • 21-May-2010 07:41 EDT
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BAE and Design Q's Explorer interior concepts feature the Air Deck, a viewing platform that extends out from the aircraft, transforming the rear of the aircraft into an elevated outdoor deck.

BAE Systems and Design Q, a U.K.-based design consultancy, recently released details about two business jet interior concepts on which the two companies have collaborated.

Designated Explorer One and Explorer Four and designed to be fitted into BAE's Avro Business Jet, the two interiors are the first of five concepts that Design Q has been contracted by BAE Systems Regional Aircraft to develop for the ABJ. Each of those will build on unique elements of the aircraft to deliver a range of interiors for different VIP aircraft market segments, says BAE. 

The ABJ Explorer concepts make use of high-specification interiors to create a product that the design team believes to be a first in aviation history. According to Gary Doy, Design Q Director, the concepts were developed to "challenge conventional thinking and blend the proven attributes of the ABJ with customer-focused design solutions providing a unique lifestyle product.”

One specific feature about the new interiors is what BAE describes as "the ultimate living space." When on the tarmac, a side door can be opened to reveal the Air Deck, a viewing platform that extends out from the aircraft, transforming the rear of the aircraft into an elevated outdoor deck combined with indoor space that incorporates a state-of-the-art entertainment system and huge open plan galley.

The ABJ Explorer One is directed specifically toward those who want the freedom, and have the money, to "travel and explore remote locations in a stylish and comfortable way." That interior incorporates a proportioned lounge with curved sofas wrapping around a low central ottoman from which monitors can be deployed. A fully equipped office workstation is incorporated into the forward bulkhead with a large display cabinet located on the opposite side of the aircraft providing a focal point on entry.

A white marble stone floor greets the passenger in the entrance vestibule, and that material theme is continued with a bespoke central table situated aft of the lounge in its own crescent-shaped alcove. Described as a “room within a room approach," BAE says it provides an open flowing feel to the space and simultaneously a "certain intimacy in the dining vestibule." Both Explorer concepts share this particular layout feature, which also benefits from a large open plan galley that uses state-of-the-art appliances.

Taking the payscale up a notch or two, or more, BAE says the ABJ Explorer Four concept can be likened to "chartering a luxury yacht to explore out-of-the-way places."

Offering passengers the opportunity to fly between exotic and remote locations while providing comfortable and stylish accommodation overnight, the Explorer Four features four VIP cabins that can accommodate four people, or four couples, comfortably. The fully serviced living and sleeping quarters are strategically located to provide both private and social areas.

The four VIP cabins have a sofa and chair combination that converts to a full-size double bed. Each cabin has its own entertainment system with a 17-in high-definition flat screen monitor and access to a vast number of multimedia files. A full height wardrobe is provided and there is also direct access to a large dressing room incorporating a toilet and shower in the midsection of the aircraft. Glazed bulkheads can be opened up during flight to create a more social space in the interior.

This interior concept allows for the option of an onboard service team. Sleeping quarters are provided for the crew in a cabin located in the forward lower hold.

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