Irish airline Aer Lingus unveils “Celtic” cabin designs

Factorydesign has created a new Business Class concept for Irish airline Aer Lingus in a bid to improve passenger comfort and reference the airline’s Celtic heritage.

Business Class, Aer Lingus

Celtic motifs feature on soft furnishings and fittings and have been combined with modern detailings to reflect “a new era for the Aer Lingus brand”, according to the airline.

Business Class, Aer Lingus

Inside the cabin Factorydesign has introduced softer armrests, a small privacy screen to delineate personal space and additional seat controls to improve passenger ergonomics – which can be operated from the reclined and bed positions.

Business Class, Aer Lingus

Larger stowage compartments with ambient lighting can be accessed to store personal items, extended consoles provide stowage for shoes and laptops, larger cocktail tables have been integrated, the entertainment handset is now concealed within the armrest, and monitor ventilation is also sealed “for a cleaner more elegant environment”, says Factorydesign.

Business Class, Aer Lingus

Factorydesign managing director Peter Tennent says: “We have created a rich, sophisticated and spacious environment that truly reflects the Aer Lingus brand. At its heart is a new and customised version of the highly successful Vantage seat made by Thompson Aero Seating, which enhances the passenger experience through improved aesthetics, ergonomics, more personal stowage and space.

“With a refined cabin layout, the new Business Class product successfully balances the commercial requirement for passenger numbers in the cabin with the ambition to offer a comfortable, appealing and enjoyable passenger experience.”

The new cabin interiors are set to go into service in January 2015.

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