FACC has unveiled its BIOS future cabin concept at AIX 2022.
The main focus of the concept is placed on the needs of passengers, as well as the use of sustainable materials. The company says it has opted for a resin derived from sugar cane, which has been optimised for use in aviation through intensive research work.
“When redesigning the aircraft interior, we paid particular attention to making efficient use of the available space,” explains CEO Robert Machtlinger. The result: 20% more room to move and 50% more storage space compared to current-generation aircraft. This was made possible by a design approach that integrates seamlessly with the load-bearing elements of the aircraft.
The entire backrest is transformed into a screen that can be connected to the passenger’s own device and can also play smartphone apps from third-party providers. Passenger can adjust the ventilation or individually configure design elements by using dedicated control centres.
The cabin is 100% wheelchair-accessible and has a disability-friendly lavatory. “In terms of accessibility, there is, quite literally, still a lot of room for improvement in aviation,” emphasises Nico Langmann who is a world top 20 player in wheelchair tennis. “Currently, not only the processes themselves, but also cabin designs are not always suitable for wheelchairs, which is why this new design is very promising.”
Ultra-light materials made from renewable resources will also drastically reduce the aircraft’s CO2 emissions. To this end, a new lightweight material derived from sugar cane has been developed following many years of research. The properties of this material make it well-suited for use in aviation. Its surface is not only extremely robust, but also resistant to heat and chemicals.