next generation jets

A look inside the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the Airbus A350XWB (Extra Wide Body) suggests a more spacious and comfortable flying future.

THE BOEING 787.

THE BOEING 787’S WIDE INTERIOR.

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he shape of air travel is shifting. The latest designs from the “big two”, Airbus and Boeing, are taking passenger comfort into prime consideration.

Both aircraft will be the first from each

manufacturer to feature a wider ovoid fuselage and be comprised of lightweight composite materials. The space this shape creates inside provides for wider aisles, more headroom, and larger overhead bins that intrude less into the Another improvement is a less cluttered entrance area. The A350 XWB incorporates an “infinity dome” which enhances the feeling of space upon boarding, while the Boeing 787 will feature a lighter and brighter reception area as In addition to a more roomy feel, comfort for passengers will be enhanced by more humid air circulating around the cabin, made possible by the carbon fibre reinforced plastic construction of the plane that won’t suffer from moisture and fatigue the way metal does. The use of high
THE INFINITY DOME GREETS PASSENGERS ON THE A350XWB.

THE A350XWB.

ABOVE LEFT: SLEEK INTERIOR LINES ON THE A350. ABOVE RIGHT: A350 XWB’S SPACIOUS OVERHEAD BINS

tech materials also allows for increased cabin pressure, which combined with advances in air conditioning and filtration systems makes for a much more restful flight. Also planned are much bigger windows than on current planes, positioned in such a way as to provide better sight lines to the horizon.

Advances in lighting, with shifting colours and subtle skyscapes to mimic different times of the day, will be employed to further offset the impact of long haul flights on passengers. Proposed business facilities with all manner of connectivity and self-serve bars could prove popular, if airlines retain these proposed designs

over squeezing in a few more rows of seats. The Boeing Dreamliner 787 was launched in July this year, and is due to enter service with Japan’s All Nippon Airways in May next year. Qantas has placed more firm orders for the Dreamliner, 65, than any other airline. The Airbus A350 XWB is scheduled for 2013.

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