British Airways: First Class Boeing 787-9
Posted on 30 January 2017
I have always found the idea of aviation interior design incredibly fascinating. When people think of interior design, we often think of our homes, maybe a bar or restaurant but very few of us would immediately think of a cabin in the sky. When it comes to design, there are no better examples of aviation interior design than the first class cabins that each airline display with extreme pride. After writing about the Etihad residence, the first three room suite in the sky, I wanted to share with you a design that is a little closer to home. When it has landed at a UK airport that is!
In British Airways latest fleet of 787-9 Dreamliners, we see a complete re-design of their first class cabin. Emphasising luxury and service to the highest standard, the cabin contains just eight "suites" reduced down from the fourteen that we see on their other planes of the same standard. This reduction of suites allows for greater use of space, providing a higher level of service such as additional storage for bags and shoes, there is even a place to charge all of your prised technological possessions so that they are fully charged when you arrive at your destination.
Not only is the challenge to design something highly luxurious in such a compact space, it has to be durable, light weight and stand the test of movement from takeoff and landing to extreme turbulence. Designing a first class cabin in the sky is no easy project which makes the British Airways design by Forpeople even more impressive.
The suites use brand new material finishes with a warming contemporary colour scheme, designed to emphasise the quality and finishes of every feature. Dark grey upholstery with diamond stitch detail has been used for the seating, complimented by surrounding stitched leather in soft, muted tones.
Each material has been selected with lighting and comfort in mind. Passengers using these suites will experience them at different times of the day in multiple lighting conditions. From the natural light flooding in from the extra large windows to carefully placed artificial lighting, these spaces will always look at their best. BA also understands that everyone is different so comforts can be adjusted to suit your requirements from the control panel seen above. Everything from adding a tint to the window to selecting the brightness of the surrounding lighting can be controlled by the passenger.
When it comes to in-flight entertainment, this has also had a massive re-design and is now controlled by a touchscreen device similar to a smartphone. The device can also act as a second screen, allowing passengers to keep track of where they are in the world whilst continuing to watch a film on the 23 inch HD flat screen.
If you have not already, check out the video at the top of this post to get another insight into the detail and beauty of this space. Further details including external imagery and a seating plan of the plane can be found via the British Airways official website.