More interior space and comfort, additional storage area and a higher level of flexibility for airlines in configuring the cabin: these are some of the new features that await future passengers aboard Airbus' A350 XWB jetliner.
Airbus showcased the A350 XWB's cabin at this month's Aircraft Interior Expo in Hamburg, Germany, where a mock-up of the interior was displayed for the first time.
Features of the A350 XWB cabin include an increased feeling of spaciousness, softened outlines with illuminated handgrips and new polished surfaces. The numerous visitors to the mock-up were able to appreciate the aircraft's wider fuselage, greater storage space and increased area at the head and shoulders - a result of the cabin's straight
One of the key trends highlighted at this year's Aircraft Interior Expo was the development of extra-light materials. Airbus' contribution to this weight reduction drive is its new SPICE (Space Innovative Catering Equipment) galley concept, which will result in up weight savings of up to 20 percent, and space savings as much as a 25 percent.
Airlines and caterers expressed a high degree of interest in Airbus' innovative galley concepts, which also offer greater storage room and increased usable space. With SPICE, foldable trolleys with lightweight insertable boxes will replace the traditional heavy metal trolleys currently in use worldwide.
"During the past 40 years, there hasn't been a great deal of innovation concerning galleys," explained Daniel Percy, the Senior Aircraft Interiors Analyst for Airbus Marketing Customer Affairs. "With SPICE, Airbus is taking a major step forward in changing this situation."