Step into any premium business class and you have a good idea of what to expect: flat beds, a footstool and plenty of storage space. However, these often come at the expense of space to move and stretch… but what if they does not have?
This is the idea behind “Elevate”, a radical cabin concept which, unlike all aircraft today which use floor mounted seat rails, suspends the suite furniture from the side fixtures to maximize comfort. space and create a two-aisle experience on a single-aisle aircraft.
It also results in a neat party trick where the seats appear to “float” above the floor.
Intended for First and Business Class cabins, the “Elevate” suite wraps around the living space to create a private zone that takes it beyond a simple seat into a residential oasis.
Elevate also marks a refreshing departure from some of the past executive suites which opted to hide passengers behind high walls and sliding doors.
Renderings show a light and bright space with a soothing color palette and wooden screens, as well as custom lighting, a neat sliding dining tabletop, and a marble coffee table. It even makes hanging storage bins sexier.
Designed by Seattle-based company Teague in conjunction with advanced composite engineers Nordam, who developed the side braces, the next-generation suite is also significantly lighter than competitors in the sky, helping to make flights more fuel efficient.
If renders are making you weak in the knees, there’s a good reason: industry leader Anthony Harcup, senior director of flight experience at Teague, was also behind Etihad’s iconic A380 residence and first class apartments.
“At a time when passenger well-being and sustainability are industry priorities, ‘Elevate’ heralds a new generation of beautiful, streamlined cabin products that will enable airlines to deliver exceptional experiences to their passengers with the economic efficiency that these smaller aircraft were designed to deliver,” says Harcup.
Although the concept was primarily designed to solve passenger problems, it also has several advantages for airlines, with its familiar inverted chevron layout and solid-state design making design and installation easy, and no reduction the number of passengers.
“Elevate” will be presented at the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2022 in Hamburg and is also among the shortlisted entries for the Crystal Cabin Awards 2022.