The Airspace cabin concept from Airbus aims to bring a consistent set of design elements to the company’s entire range of aircraft types. But making an A320 feel like a twin-aisle plane is no easy task. With the introduction of a new entry area, built by FACC, the A320 now has a more stylish option, one that might even be considered swanky.
The new concept enables us to significantly reduce service costs for our customers. In addition, we have geared the component design of the entrance area towards high volumes and modern production processes. The Airbus and FACC teams worked together perfectly during the entire development phase. –Andreas Furthmayr, Vice President Cabin Interiors, FACC AG
The new entry way is also much more than just the fancy “Hero Light” overhead, though that it what passengers are most likely to notice. It also includes updates to the material selection and manufacturing process to improve the overall product.
Airlines should enjoy the increased use of carbon fiber composites in the structures, reducing weight and therefore fuel burn. FACC also calls attention to an “intelligent and innovative connection concept” in the space, reducing potential maintenance calls and delivering a more reliable product to the airlines. “The new concept enables us to significantly reduce service costs for our customers. In addition, we have geared the component design of the entrance area towards high volumes and modern production processes. The Airbus and FACC teams worked together perfectly during the entire development phase,” states Andreas Furthmayr, Vice President Cabin Interiors of FACC AG
The first of the new A320 Airspace entry area shipset was delivered to Hamburg for integration into an aircraft on the final assembly line there. Following the successful integration, and taking advantage of any updates that may be necessary, FACC will then begin volume production for the system to be included in future planes. The companies did not disclose the airline slated to receive this initial installation.
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