New Territory designs plane interiors as “social space” for Aeromexico

The interiors, led by New Territory director Luke Miles, include a white lighting scheme centred around passenger wellbeing.


Transport architecture specialist, New Territory, has designed the aircraft interiors for Aeromexico’s new fleet of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.

The new design focuses on improving the overall passenger experience by updating features such as the bar area and lighting scheme.

New Territory’s design for the “on-board social space” marks a departure from the heavily branded business-class bar experience with limited seating seen in previous Aeromexico planes. Instead, it is intended to be a “more welcoming” kitchen-style environment.

Domestic space

“We observed that not everyone feels relaxed enough to talk when they’re at a bar, so we designed the social space to feel and work less like a traditional bar and more like a beautiful domestic space,” says New Territory director, Luke Miles, who was formerly global head of design at Virgin Atlantic.

“Here passengers feel relaxed enough to help themselves to drinks and refreshments, choosing if and how they interact with fellow passengers.”

The bar area is contained by a skylight-style large panel of overhead, flat light, to give the space a warmer feel.

Warmer natural light

Synthetic coloured lighting has been avoided throughout the rest of the cabin as well, with the aim of using warmer, more natural light.

For example, peach-coloured lighting – based on the colour of the sky at daybreak – is now used to wake passengers up before landing.

Associate director at New Territory, Hugo Jamson, says: “We’ve used white light throughout the whole cabin because it feels the most natural, allowing the interior to feel less synthetic and for people to feel as healthy within the space as possible.”

“Our sensitively phased lighting scheme complements the rhythm of the flight and how people fit into it.”

A greater sense of continuity between business and economy classes has also been created by using a more uniform quality of fabrics and surface finishes throughout the plane interior.



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