Aircraft interiors: Innovative cabin designs

New, innovative aircraft interiors are coming from designers who work with every inch of space to make you more comfortable during flights.

Posted: Sep 8, 2018 6:04 PM
Updated: Sep 8, 2018 6:04 PM

Designing aircraft is probably the best job in the world," says Paul Priestman of London-based design consultancy PriestmanGoode, grinning ear to ear. "It's brilliant."

And as chair of the company behind such game-changing designs as Singapore Airlines' $24,000 private suites, United Airlines' new Polaris business class and the interior of Embraer's new E190-E2, Priestman is at the top of his industry.

"I don't think people really understand the amount of thinking that goes into the interior of aircraft," admits Priestman.

From leg room to seat depth to storage bin location and capacity, every detail is carefully planned in terms of economy, efficiency and safety, and often a few millimeters can make all the difference.

"Working in the aviation sector is incredibly stringent," he says. "There are limitations everywhere: there's safety; there's weight. But also, it's making the passenger feel as comfortable as possible."

With the Embraer cabin, this includes innovations such as giving passengers more "knee clearance" by repositioning the seat-back pockets, adding ridges on tray tables so phones and tablets can be propped up, and making power sockets easily accessible.

It's about "trying to resolve those stress points," says Priestman. With Embraer and the E2 "we were told how many passengers they wanted to carry, given all this information and we came back with solutions."

Design, he explains, is an integral part of the creation process right from the beginning.

"I think that's where design really works. It's not an add-on. It's working together with engineering to make a better product."

Article Comments

Terre Haute
Clear
56° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 56°
Robinson
Overcast
59° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 59°
Indianapolis
Scattered Clouds
66° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 66°
Rockville
Clear
56° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 56°
Casey
Broken Clouds
58° wxIcon
Hi: 68° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 58°
Brazil
Clear
56° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 56°
Marshall
Clear
56° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 56°
A Mild Night
WTHI Planner
WTHI Temps
WTHI Radar

Latest Video

Image

Sunday Night Forecast

Image

Madi's Hope Foundation

Image

Final day of the Covered Bridge Festival

Image

Architectural presentation at SMWC

Image

Veterans group continues work on house for struggling vets

Image

Terre Haute mayoral debate happening Sunday night

Image

Sunday Morning Forecast

Image

Help needed identifying vandals

Image

Vin Lin Volleyball

Image

Bloomfield Volleyball

WTHI Events