Airbus’ superior cabin experience continues to evolve with the introduction of the Airspace by Airbus cabin concept. Offering the perfect blend of design features and services, along with the best of the company’s cabin innovation, Airspace is built on four key attributes that reflect the expectations and needs of today’s airlines and customers: comfort, ambience, services and design.
Airspace therefore continues Airbus’ tradition of bringing together passenger comfort and operational efficiency in the most successful cabin products in the world.
Comfort has always been a major design consideration to ensure the best possible passenger experience across all families of Airbus aircraft. This is why Airbus offers an entire product line designed to set the modern standard for comfort in the evolving aviation industry. Not only are these cabins innovative and attractive, they also are being continuously improved to provide the quietest, most comfortable and enjoyable flights for both passengers and crew. With wider seats and larger overhead stowage, Airbus offers more space for the crew to ensure that passengers feel at home, which provides a significant competitive advantage for operators around the world.
Comfort aboard Airbus aircraft is further guaranteed by the highly-effective cabin air conditioning. Advanced environmental control systems maintain an airy, yet draught-free, environment. The cabin crew has precise control over the temperature in more individual zones of the aircraft, optimising levels of comfort for all passengers. High efficiency filters clean recirculated air of 99.99 per cent of particulate and organic matter.
Together with highly controlled air circulation patterns with no longitudinal flow, even the most miniscule organic materials are efficiently and quickly filtered from the cabin.
Airbus’ unique Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) converter, along with an ozone filter, ensures the freshness of the new air drawn from outside, whether in the airport environment or in cruise. This way, the air in the entire aircraft cabin is completely replaced every two to three minutes with clean and fresh-smelling air.
All Airbus jetliners can be fitted with state-of-the-art In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) systems offering passengers individual screens with high-quality audio and video programming on-demand. Passengers can even receive other services such as satellite live television broadcasts, safety instructions in their own language, live views from landscape cameras outside of the aircraft, international news or connecting flight information. These latest-generation entertainment systems are fully integrated into the seat, which not only creates further legroom but also allows the connection of their own personal electronic devices, such as smart phones, tablets or laptops.
IFE now provides on-board connectivity, available on all Airbus aircraft. Passengers can use their personal wireless devices such as mobile phones, tablets or laptops to send and receive SMS messages, e-mails, access the internet or make and receive phone calls. Easily manageable by cabin crew, a selectable “voice-off” mode restricts cell-phone usage to data services only (SMS, e-mail and internet). Passengers’ feedback proves the service is a tremendous success and airlines love this feature as it enables them to reach passengers personally and generate ancillary revenues.
Making sure that cabin crew are as comfortable and well rested as possible is essential to helping them to give the best possible service to passengers. Across the Airbus aircraft families, innovative solutions have been used to provide crew with comfortable and private rest areas without taking away vital space for passengers in the cabin.
Airbus was the first manufacturer to introduce ambient lighting as a factory fit option on commercial aircraft. Today it is possible to provide ambient lighting on all Airbus aircraft, allowing airlines to adapt the cabin lighting and create an atmosphere in line with their branding and colour scheme, choosing from a palette of 16 million colours.
Pre-defined lighting scenarios use colours, brightness levels and dynamic transitions to provide a pleasant and refined cabin atmosphere in all phases of flight. For example, this feature can be utilised to reduce the effects of jet lag by simulating sunrise or sunset – ensuring passengers arrive at their destination refreshed and ready to go. The adoption of LED technology throughout the cabin improves control, the variety of scenarios, and the quality of the lighting, so that airlines can “make magic” out of light.
Airbus cabins are the quietest cabins in the sky, which greatly contributes to how rested and refreshed passengers feel upon landing. Airbus’ aircraft often surprise people by how quiet it is on-board, especially when it comes to the A380. Passengers' overall perception is one of peace and quiet, making a major contribution toward stress-free and restful flights. All Airbus long-haul cabins are at least three decibels quieter than the competition.
Airbus creates spacious, modern and eye-catching cabins that are both comfortable and efficient. This sophisticated approach to cabin design gives passengers more space to relax while offering more storage solutions for luggage – a perfectly balanced blend of appearance and functionality. Cabin crew can move around this space easily and airlines promote their brand throughout the aircraft.
Straight lines, clean shapes and clear surfaces are used to emphasise spaciousness and quality. Signature details and iconic elements, as well as the high-quality of trim and finish, are recognisable throughout the cabin.
This consistent approach to design ensures that passengers can better enjoy their time in any Airbus cabin.