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Airbus Concept Cabin

Transparent aeroplane by Airbus

Aviation firm Airbus have unveiled a conceptual aeroplane with a transparent cabin and virtual golf course.

Proposed for the year 2050, the plane would offer passengers seats that change shape, aromatherapy and antioxidant-enriched air.

Transparent aeroplane by Airbus

Onboard entertainment would include holographic games of golf and virtual changing rooms for shopping.

Transparent aeroplane by Airbus

The concept was unveiled in London yesterday and will be on show at the Paris Airshow from 20 to 26 June.

Transparent aeroplane by Airbus

Transparent aeroplane by Airbus

The information below is from Airbus:


Intelligent interiors replace class system for a bespoke flying experience

 

Leading aircraft manufacturer Airbus, in advance of the Paris Airshow “Le Bourget”, today invited the passengers of 2050 to discover its Concept Cabin – a whole new flying experience inspired by nature.

Personalised zones replace traditional cabin classes to offer tailored levels of experience. While taking a hop between destinations, according to Airbus, passengers in 2050 could join an interactive conference; enjoy a game of virtual golf; read the kids back home a bedtime story; and recharge in a ‘vitalising seat’ whilst watching the planet spread out beneath their feet.

This latest instalment of The Future by Airbus – a vision of aviation in 2050 – follows last year’s unveiling of the revolutionary Airbus Concept Plane, packed with technologies to reduce fuel burn, emissions, waste and noise. The Airbus Concept Cabin now gives further insight into some of the innovations and technologies that will shape future passenger experiences on board.

The aircraft’s bionic structure mimics the efficiency of bird bone which is optimised to provide strength where needed, and allows for an intelligent cabin wall membrane which controls air temperature and can become transparent to give passengers open panoramic views.

The Concept Cabin has an integrated ‘neural network’ creating an intelligent interface between passenger and plane. It can identify and respond to passenger needs and enables bespoke features such as morphing seats which change to your body shape.

New personalised zones replace the traditional cabin classes in the Airbus Concept Cabin to offer new tailored levels of experience. The “vitalising zone” is all about wellbeing and relaxation allowing you to proactively recharge your batteries with vitamin and antioxidant enriched air, mood lighting, aromatherapy and acupressure treatments whilst taking in the infinite view of the world around you.

There are no limits to the kinds of social scenarios in the centre zone of the concept cabin – the “interactive zone”. The virtual pop up projections in this area can transform you to whichever social scene you want to be in, from holographic gaming to virtual changing rooms for active shoppers.

The “smart tech zone” is tailored towards the more functional oriented passenger with a chameleon style offering, to meet individual needs ranging from a simple to a complete luxury service, but all allowing you to continue life as if on the ground. By offering different levels of experience within each zone, airlines would be able to achieve price differentials and give more people access to the benefits of air travel with minimal environmental impact.

Showcasing the innovative interior design, Charles Champion, Airbus Executive Vice President Engineering, said: “Our research shows that passengers of 2050 will expect a seamless travel experience while also caring for the environment. The Airbus Concept Cabin is designed with that in mind, and shows that the journey can be as much a voyage of discovery as the destination. Whichever flight experience is chosen, the passenger of 2050 will step out of the Airbus Concept Cabin feeling revitalised and enriched.”

More than 90 percent of Airbus’ annual research & development investment of over €2 billion has environmental benefits for current and future aircraft. For example, due to advances in technologies the concept cabin will be 100% recyclable. It will have self-cleaning materials made from sustainable plant fibres which reduce waste and maintenance and will harvest passenger body heat to power cabin features.

Such technologies are already being developed and, while they may not be seen in the exact same manner as in the Airbus Concept Plane and Cabin, some of them could feature in future Airbus aircraft programmes.

Visitors to Le Bourget International Airshow in Paris will also be able to experience the Airbus’ Future of Flight film, a 360 planetarium movie – a vision of the transformations in air transport between now and the middle of the century which not only focuses on aircraft designs and innovations, but also addresses passenger expectations. The movie will be part of the planetarium’s programme at the Musee de l’Air et de l’Espace from 20 – 26 June.

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Fra meno di 40 anni volare in aereo sarà un’esperienza da Mille e una Notte. Ovunque i passeggeri gireranno la testa potranno ammirare panorami da sogno senza il bisogno di sbirciare da piccolissimi oblò fino ad oggi “riservati” ai soli fortunati con posto a lato finestrino. Il Concept Cabin, l’aeromobile di prossima generazione presentato a Londra da Airbus, rivoluzionerà completamente i viaggi in volo così come li facciamo oggi. Questo velivolo, pronto a partire per il 2050, sarà decisamente più confortevole, meno inquinante e sicuramente più divertente.

La struttura di Concept Cabin è simile a quelle delle ossa degli uccelli, così da rinforzare la carlinga, la parte principale dell’aereo in cui si trova il motore e la cabina dei piloti. La fusoliera, invece, è costellata di vetrate panoramiche, incluso il pavimento: se si vola su Parigi, per esempio, e se ci si mette guardare in basso sotto i propri piedi sarà possibile vedere la Torre Eiffel.

Nell’aereo del futuro non ci saranno suddivisioni in classi o quantomeno non saranno come quelle a cui siamo abituati oggi. Niente business o economica, ma solo zone a “tema”. Si va dalla “vitalising zone”, l’area benessere, alla “smart tech zone”, cioè l’area ultratecnologica. La prima sarà dedicata al relax e avrà un sistema d’areazione con vitamine e antiossidanti, sedili con massaggi programmabili, aroma e cromoterapia. La seconda è invece pensata per chi vuole restare attivo, come fosse a terra, e per chi è appassionato di tecnologia. Nella parte centrale, invece, ci sarà un’area “interattiva” dall’anima mutevole: si va dal campo da golf alla boutique per lo shopping, sfruttando al massimo le potenzialità della realtà virtuale. Insomma tutto è pensato per trasformare un viaggio noioso in un’occasione per godersi un po’ di tempo libero. Ognuna delle zone avrà poi livelli di lusso e servizi differenti così da andare incontro a tutti i budget. Unico confort uguale per tutti, a parte le vetrate alla Star Trek, saranno i sedili che si adattano al corpo del passeggero. “Il Concept Cabin”, ha detto Charles Champion, vice presidente di Airbus, “aspira a trasformare il viaggio come un’esperienza in sé e non solo la fase intermedia fra la partenza e l’arrivo. Non importa quale zona sarà scelta: il passeggero del 2050 sbarcherà dalla cabina rinfrescato e arricchito a livello personale”.

L’anima di questo aereo del futuro sarà inoltre quasi tutta “verde”. La cabina è riciclabile al 100% e sarà costruita in materiali autopulenti provenienti da fibre naturali. Nessuna forma di energia andrà sprecata. Il calore dei corpi dei passeggeri, ad esempio, verrà sfruttato per produrre parte del calore necessario a riscaldare la cabina.

“Le nostre ricerche”, ha concluso Champion, “mostrano che i passeggeri del 2050 si aspetteranno un sistema di trasporto ‘verde’ e senza intoppi”.

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