Farnborough has already brought us our first bit of exciting design news – and we like what we see when it comes to Embraer’s E2! The new single aisle cabin designed by world-renowned design studio Priestmangoode for Embraer was unveiled today with a full size mock up at the world famous air show. The designs presented “offer a clean, contemporary cabin that not only enhances passenger experience, but significantly improves efficiency and maintenance for airlines and leasing companies alike.”
Working closely with Embraer’s in-house engineering team, Priestmangoode’ s goal was to design a cabin with a clear differentiation from competitors in narrow body aircraft manufacture – and we have to admit, we think they’ve cracked it. The interior design covered the complete passenger cabin from sidewall panels, ceiling panels, overhead bin, PSU, and oxygen masks, cabin illumination, IFE, first class and economy passenger seating, galley and lavatory. Although it’s the PSU’s (passenger service units) and First Class we are most excited about.
The new look cabin can be configured to include Economy, Economy + and also two options for First Class, and features a host of unique features.
Increased personal space
Prietsmangoode looked at increasing personal territory and enabling passengers to reclaim their own space. One of the key ways in which the design company was able to do this was by installing the first of its kind Star-Trek looking passenger focused PSUs (patent pending). This enables passengers to control the light and air condition of their seat without disturbing the passenger next to them. The internal windows have been designed to appear larger, creating a greater feeling of space. It’s got more of a look of BMW about it than airline – and cleverly will become an iconic image for Embraer.
Unrivalled carry-on capacity
Priestmangoode and Embraer have been able to maximise bin space without reducing cabin space, ensuring each passenger can fit an airline standard piece of carry on luggage wheels in first in the overhead bins. Because there are no legs between the seats, passengers can also fit large items under the seat in front of them, providing unrivalled carry-on capacity.
Importantly, Priestmangoode was able to design the overhead bins in such a way as to create a seamless integration between bin and ceiling for a cleaner, more spacious looking cabin as you enter the aircraft.
Flexibility and modularity
Priestmangoode has designed a staggered First Class seat, which offers airlines great flexibility for different business models without the burden of customisation. Indeed, the new seat retains all the features of a traditional first class seat, but has been integrated into the cabin without the need for a change in bin configuration between classes. The stagger allows Embraer to use the same seat tracks in first as in economy without losing any of the living space and features that you expect in first class.
This not only offers clear passenger benefits – an enhanced sense of personal space (including shoulder width), improved carry on capacity and cleaner sight lines – but offers great benefits from an engineering point of view as well. Using only one seat track for the whole cabin reduces weight, which in turn means greater fuel efficiency. It also means a simpler fit out and maintenance process.
Crucially, this allows airlines and leasing companies to easily configure and reconfigure the aircraft according to the number of classes they wish to have.
The lavatories were designed to be more modern with a look inspired by contemporary hotel design. The design includes acoustic curtains for passengers with reduced mobility (PRM) privacy, integrated hand rails in the internal walls and high quality materials. The mirror has been pushed back, maximising space and removing areas that would otherwise be dirt traps.
Overall, the E2 cabin designs establish a new benchmark in the design of single aisle aircraft, delivering a more comfortable and improved environment tailored to passengers’ needs, whilst maximising airlines’ operational efficiency. This the latest project in a long-standing relationship between the London and China based design studio and the Brazilian company, following Priestmangoode’s design for the Embraer Lineage 1000 executive jet interior.
Paul Priestman comments ‘We have a long standing relationship with Embraer, and this project has cemented a fruitful partnership between our companies. Embraer is continuously investing in its fleet, research and development and shows great design leadership, and commitment to the passenger experience and long term sustainability. ‘
The London & China based design studio designed a family for details such as bin handles, galley latches and bathroom fittings. These bespoke items, unique to Embraer, help create a consistent feel throughout the aircraft.
The E-Jets E2 is a significant step in Embraer’s commitment to continuously invest in its line of commercial jets. State-of-the-art engines, in combination with new aerodynamically advanced wings, full fly-by-wire flight controls, and other systems evolutions, will result in double-digit improvements in fuel burn, maintenance costs, emissions and external noise. The Company’s objective is to offer the best product and maintain its leadership in the 70 to 130-seat market, where over 1.000 E-Jets are currently in service with 65 customers from 45.
It’s the first time we’ve looked at the Embraer with such ‘designer goggles’, and this is partly due to Priestmangoode’s cleverly conceived aesthetic for the cabin. Small cabins are hard to design for, space is at the upmost premium, and most passengers would expect some kind of compromise due to the smaller cabin environment. However, Embraer now have an interior product that can take on some of the historically successful single aisle aircraft, and in certain aspects win hands down. We are great fans of the new PSU overhead elements, not only due to their aesthetic and functional appeal, but because we are starting to see new design concepts that are challenging what has been the norm for decades in interior design.
Have you also seen the giant flatscreen in the entranceway, it’s giving branding agencies, and airlines an opportunity to start really customising their passengers experience. Imagine being greater by videos of tropical getaways, or the latest weather and flight information being shown as you enter. It also leads the way to touch screens, which could supply passengers wanting to stretch their legs the opportunity to get involved in a wealth of information on a big screen. Now we can’t wait to see this for real!
The Big Picture