Tom Chatfield, CEO of Camber Aviation Management highlights the creative and technical know-how of this partnership and the choice of the new-generation Airbus A220 as a platform for cabin design innovation: “Offering cabin floorspace and volume equivalent to Airbus' ACJ319neo and Boeing's BBJ MAX 7, the Airbus A220 integrates leading-edge technologies and safety features equal or superior to the latest generation business jets,” he says.
Stephen Vella, CEO of Kestrel Aviation Management adds: “For 20 years, we have created and delivered numerous narrow and widebody Airbus and Boeing VIP aircraft for our elite international clientele. Our extensive research of the market identified key features desired in a new and creative cabin design which includes customised luxury in a spacious cabin capable of seating of 10 to 32 passengers with an elegant modular, configurable layout to suit the different requirements of private and corporate owners, heads of state and charter operators; range capability at maximum payload that covers 90 per cent of the missions operated by current large cabin aircraft, including key transatlantic, Middle East to Europe and intra-Asia missions; and exceptional global communications with a wide range of entertainment options that rival or exceed amenities enjoyed by customers in their homes, while being at at least 20 per cent less expensive to own and operate compared to direct competitors.”
To lead this market segment, the original team collaborated with F/List and Flying Colours Corporation to refine the detail design and perform engineering studies. F/List was chosen for its skills in building exceptional VIP jet cabin interiors while Flying Colours was selected for its engineering and cabin integration skills.
The team's novel customisable design centres on a unique seven-zone cabin comprised of three fixed and four variable zones. The fixed zones include a common entry and galley, mid-cabin VIP lavatory and an exceptional master suite with ensuite washroom featuring a unique steam shower.
“Customisation is key in our industry-leading approach, allowing every buyer to select different configurations for the multiple flexible zones, creating their own unique layout that precisely reflects their expectations,” explains Chatfield. The new owner who desires a cozy forward cabin to relax, a spacious lounge that converts to a dining room with a convertible table design, a bespoke media lounge with a massive 75-inch screen with tuned Dolby surround sound and an expansive private office or children's bedroom will get what they want.
“Even greater personalisation is achieved by applying the client's preferred colour pallet, materials and finishes to create a truly one-of-a-kind cabin design,” states Jacques Pierrejean, CEO of Pierrejean Vision. The seven-zone modular concept cabin design is the direct result of the team's collaboration, proprietary processes and out-of-the-box thinking. It achieves the design goal of significantly reducing manufacturing and certification costs, which is essential in achieving the right price point in the market while providing a bespoke and highly capable aircraft.
Latest technologies have allowed the team to create a cabin design that combines functionality and aesthetics with reliability and ease of maintenance, a combination that cannot be easily realised for one-off “prototype” designs in legacy large-cabin aircraft.
“A detailed design rather than a marketing concept, perhaps, but one that provides a great insight of what this team is capable of in corporate jet cabin innovation,” Vella concludes.