Front-row monument innovation


AIM Altitude has created concept front-row monuments (FRMs) to showcase its abilities in the design, engineering and manufacture of customized aircraft cabin furniture, with a platform approach applied to provide seamless integration with seating. The colors, materials and finishes have been enhanced, and additional features incorporated to improve passenger comfort, airline efficiency, and brand differentiation.

AIM Altitude has created concept front-row monuments (FRMs) for aircraft interiors

The lower half of the units can remain the same, with upper-half options including a full-height closet

The design allows the lower half of the units to remain the same, with three different upper-half arrangements, demonstrating the flexibility of the FRMs. The configurations include a full-height closet, an under-bin closet with branding panel, and a half-height closet with provision for a baby bassinet.

AIM Altitude worked on the FRMs in collaboration with Thompson Aero Seating, a partnership that has become even closer now that the two companies are both owned by AVIC. The central units have been designed to meet the standard width for the Vantage XL business class seating platform, while the outboard units have a wider footwell area. The footwells themselves have acoustic linings that can be removed quickly, with new trims and finishes including soft raised patterns that can be matched to the 3D laminate design on the vertical surfaces. A branding panel has also been incorporated into the central unit, displaying new lighting and cutting techniques for razor-sharp definition.

AIM Altitude's under-bin closet and branding panel

The under-bin closet and branding panel option

The prototype also demonstrates storage options and incorporates new technology. Each FRM has laptop storage in a ‘glove-box’ option and a deployable tablet stand, so that personal content can be viewed in normal seat mode or in sleep mode. Coat hooks, literature holders, and personal lockers all add to the options.

Platform approach

The platform is essentially an internal frame or ‘skeleton’, which remains the same for each installation. The external elements of the FRM are bespoke, and customized to reflect the brand and specific requirements of airline customers.

AIM Altitude's half-height monument has provision for a baby bassinet

The half-height monument has provision for a baby bassinet

The platform has been created to work with AIM Altitude’s FRMs and Thompson Aero Seating’s Vantage and Vantage XL seat range. The seamless transition provides styling and aesthetic cohesion, and minimizes certification challenges. Working from a standard platform also helps to simplify the design stage and also reduces manufacturing lead times.

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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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