AIM Altitude & Thompson collaborate on Airbus project


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.

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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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