As cabin furnishings, seats and other elements are selected and purchased by the operator, Airbus works hand-in-hand with them to determine the best possible match with market requirements and in-flight service – providing a number of customisation options from which the most effective layout can be chosen.
For this, Airbus has created two facilities that enable airlines to experience and define the cabins on their future aircraft: the Airspace Customer Showroom at the company’s Toulouse, France headquarters; and the Airspace Customer Definition Centre in Hamburg, Germany.
The Airspace Customer Showroom in Toulouse has full-scale interior mock-ups of the company’s jetliners, from the A220 and A320 to the A330neo, A350 XWB and A380. It is the place to visualise, feel and see different levels of comfort targeted at different markets, all under one roof. A variety of configurations and equipment from suppliers are displayed in full-size mock-ups of the entire cabin, from the entrance area to the crew rest zones – allows customers to have a privileged look at Airbus cabin innovations well as comfort and efficiency enablers and lighting mock-ups.
The Airspace Customer Definition Centre in Hamburg offers the ultimate definition experience for Airbus cabins combined with efficient processes and state-of-the-art technology. Launched in 2014, the centre has successfully performed hundreds of definition meetings, benefitting from an ever-improving tool-set of functional definition areas and product displays.