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19 January 2007
19. January 2007 Commercial Aircraft

Airbus develops new three-dimensional textile for cabin interiors


An innovative three-dimensional textile has been created by the Airbus Design Studio for Portugal's national airline, TAP, using patented stamping techniques that create patterned material which a shiny or matt effect. The process - which was evolved in partnership with Lantal Textile (an aeronautics textile company) and Montdore (a textile embossing firm) - opens new capabilities for the creation of textile and leather products for the aerospace industry.

The Airbus Design Studio has created an innovative three-dimensional textile for Portugal's national airline, TAP, to reflect the airline's new brand image - modern, dynamic and elegant - in its cabin interior.

The new textile has been developed in partnership with Lantal Textile, an aeronautics textile company and Montdore, a textile embossing firm. This is the first time that seat fabrics for commercial aviation have been stamped using these patented techniques, which create patterned material that can have a shiny or matt effect.

This process opens new horizons in terms of textile and leather creation for the aerospace industry, bringing advantages in terms of comfort and ergonomics. It will be possible to combine different techniques such as superimposing coloured, embroidered and stamped designs, or the visual thickness achieved by embossing, with the different effects created by the colour, quality and weave of the fabric itself.

This will enable airlines to select fabrics in anything from leather effects, such as crocodile skin, to wooden textures or petals. Likewise, the various stamping options available for different qualities of fibre offer airlines a wide range of tactile effects.

Coloured lighting with variable intensity, which is becoming increasingly popular, can also further enhance the richness and visual depth of these new fabrics, even creating a holographic effect.

These techniques can be used to create subtle variations in the cabin ambience, ranging from first class through to economy: luxurious, elegant or relaxing, graphic, pop and the height of modernity - a real gift for airlines looking for product differentiation.

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