For the first time since they became AVIC subsidiaries, AIM Altitude and Thompson Aero Seating have collaborated on a project. The project in question is an integrated front-row furniture and seating project for Airbus’s full-scale mock-up center in Toulouse, which is intended to demonstrate their ability to deliver a complete package of works for airline customers.
The two companies were invited by Airbus to design, manufacture and install bespoke furniture and full-flat business class seats for its mock-up A330neo Airspace cabin. AIM Altitude then designed furniture intended to demonstrate how airlines can promote differentiation and brand identity by using decorative elements that incorporate functional features. Aisle stowage and literature display areas were integrated into the front-row furniture to complement the Thompson Vantage XL seats, which have been fitted with a variety of IFE systems and feature a bespoke trim and finish defined by Airbus.
Ryan Braggins, a designer at AIM Altitude, explained, “This project allowed us to further develop a design solution that adds aesthetic as well as functional qualities to our front-row furniture – resulting in a more seamless cabin design.”
Although the two companies have worked closely together in the past, this is the first time they have collaborated since Thompson Aero Seating joined AIM Altitude as one of AVIC’s aircraft interiors companies, having been acquired in December 2016.