A milestone 123rd interior ship set for Emirates’ A380s


AIM Altitude is celebrating the delivery of its 123rd ship set for the Emirates A380 interior to Airbus in Hamburg, including the iconic horseshoe bar. As the final ship set in the series, this delivery marks a 15-year milestone in the relationship between Emirates and AIM Altitude – a relationship that is set to continue for many years to come.

The airline’s A380 interiors have seen many iterations over the years, with a major refresh introduced with the 100th ship set. The interiors represent a significant production task for AIM Altitude, with each ship set consisting of a horseshoe-shaped bar unit, a chiller bar that stands behind the main bar, left- and right-hand sofas, a stand-up stowage unit with a 55in TV display, a storage unit for the cabin, and the distinctive waterfall feature that adorns the top of the staircase.

AIM Altitude says that perhaps one of the reasons the lounge-bar design has been so well received by passengers is that it became a collaboration between its design team and the airline’s knowledge of its passengers’ preferences.

As an example, the original design for the bar zone offered a choice between two types of sofa: a two-plus-two facing each other, or an L-shaped sofa for three people. Originally presented to Emirates with the idea of having a matching pair of one of the configurations, upon seeing the layout, the airline decided it would prefer to have one of each of the sofa designs, which created an interesting asymmetry.

Neil Taggart, VP & general manager of AIM Altitude, part of AVIC Cabin Systems (ACS), said of the company’s work with the airline: “This long and continuous association with Emirates is evidence that the design of the A380’s lounge bar has reached classic status whilst retaining its freshness and continuing appeal to passengers. The synergy between design and aircraft has proved quite remarkable”.

The last A380 will be delivered to Emirates out of Hamburg. AIM Altitude will continue to refresh some of the older fleet with the new style of interior that was introduced from the 100th ship set onwards, so its manufacturing work for the airline will continue for some time to come.

AIM Altitude’s headquarters and cabin interiors facility at the UK’s Bournemouth Airport was opened in 2016 by Sir Tim Clark, president of Emirates. The opening coincided with the celebration of the 100th A380 ship set for the airline

Emirates and AIM Altitude also have further projects on the horizon, including a confirmed programme on Emirates’ Boeing 777s and a proposed retrofit to update and refresh the older-style interiors of the airline’s A380 fleet.

You can read ‘From design to delivery: The Emirates A380 lounge story’ HERE.

The original business class bar area for Emirates’ A380s

The refreshed design for the Emirates A380 onboard lounge

The lighting schemes added a real lounge feel to the original Emirates A380 bar zone

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Ever since his first flight on a TriStar, Adam has loved air travel, and since becoming editor of the Aircraft Interiors International brand he has really enjoyed the opportunity to be involved with the latest aircraft and airline products before they are even launched. Adam co-ordinates the running of the magazine, from commissioning articles and artwork, to ensuring that high standards of quality are maintained, as well as managing online content. Adam is proud to sit on the jury of the Crystal Cabin Awards and to have laid on the bed in Etihad's Residence.

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