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Jekta unveils interiors for PHA-ZE 100 airframe
Jekta has created an elegant cabin for airlines flying multiple legs daily, alongside a stylish cabin that adheres to the principles of being environmentally friendly internally and externally.
The aft lavatory will feature in all cabin formats.
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Jekta, the Switzerland-based developer of the PHA-ZE 100 (Passenger Hydro Aircraft - Zero Emission 100) amphibious aircraft, has unveiled the first interiors for its economy class Traveller and full executive Corporate cabin configurations. The interiors have been designed for passenger comfort, operational durability and ultimate elegance, with each layout, material and styling combining the glorious past and sophisticated future of amphibious flight.

Mindful of the particular needs of operations that alight on and take off from both water and land, the interior designs acknowledge and incorporate the requirements of the Jekta family of amphibious airframes. The design process involved simulating how passengers, crew, pilots, operators and maintenance teams will interact with the aircraft. The ergonomics focus on implementing solutions that deliver a combination of comfort, safety and functionality within an airframe that provides multiple operating parameters. The interiors will adapt to support a range of applications including multi-leg, regional passenger flights, experiential high-end tourism voyages, or intense roadshow itineraries for corporates and governments. Cargo, medevac, VVIP and search and rescue variants will follow.

Industrial design studio MBVision applied its twenty years of aviation experience to integrate simplicity, modularity and lightness with durability, cleanliness, new materials and functionality. The multidisciplinary team worked closely with partners, suppliers and potential customers to shape the style. Design highlights include thin modular seating, which offers superior comfort while being light in weight, and an aft lavatory that will feature in the first production airframe. As a non-pressurised airframe, the PHA-ZE 100 design features are intended to shape an on-board experience that blends contemporary aviation form with elements from the marine sector: wooden-style flooring, galley-style refreshment or bar areas and expansive panoramic windows emulate the at-sea experience, giving a brand-new feeling of space and freedom within the aircraft.

Connectivity is incorporated, enabling passengers and crew to be productive, entertained and in touch, even on short flights. With one eye on weight and one on aesthetics, Jekta is working with pioneering material libraries to integrate next-generation flexible screens in the upholstery. The interior design also augments the aircraft's sustainable ambitions by incorporating the zero-emissions concept into the aircraft interior. Selected materials are eco-friendly and can be recycled, yet do not compromise quality.

"We believe these interiors express our ambition of creating a disruptive, original style of travel within a new mode of transport. We have created an elegant cabin for airlines flying multiple legs daily alongside a stylish cabin that adheres to the principles of being environmentally friendly internally and externally. This highlights our commitment to providing a zero-emissions airframe that supports many applications," explains head of industrial design Max Pinucci. "Our interiors follow all the necessary certification requirements yet set new standards of elegance and functionality to create an unparalleled on-board experience. We want our customers not just to fly, but to feel that they are travelling in an environment designed around their needs, comfort and safety. At the same time, we are meeting the operators' needs in terms of ease of maintenance, operability and profitability."

Dubai and Sweden-headquartered Gayo Aviation is to receive the first Corporate cabins, and India-based operator MEHAIR will initially welcome the Traveller cabin to connect communities living around water.

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