Meilin has created a series of artworks for the project, which have been integrated into the design. These include Phoenix in Flight and Clouds, as well as an ”earthen tile pattern”.
The phoenix and cloud images are repeated throughout the cabins so that passengers feel they are being “carried on the wings of a phoenix” through the clouds according to JPA Design, which has applied the artworks as wall laminates, and also on seat covers and in flight “soft goods” such as pillows, blankets, duvets, pajamas, slippers, eyeshades and toiletry bags.
Carpets and lavatory floorings feature the earthen tile design, referencing stability and a solid surface showing “the earth at your feet” says JPA Design.
The consultancy has looked to create a design that will work well on the ground and in the air “while paying homage to the airline’s cultural heritage” it says.
The design unifies the branding and colour schemes of the Air China lounges on the ground with its “premium cabin interiors” to give a “seamless transition” from the ground to the skies says JPA.
The cabin interiors will also roll out across a new fleet of B787-900s, when Air China takes delivery of them in 2016.