Something very interesting has been revealed at this week’s Zhuhai Airshow in China: the proposed cabin interior design for the CRAIC CR929. The twin-aisle aircraft is being created by CRAIC (China-Russia Commercial Aircraft International Corporation), a 50:50 joint venture between two major aerospace companies: China’s COMAC and Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), with first deliveries anticipated in the 2025-2028 timeframe.
The partners are looking to challenge the Airbus and Boeing duopoly in the 250 to 320-seat long-haul aircraft sector, particularly in the China, Russia and CIS markets at first, so as well as operational performance, the aircraft will need something special, something distinctive for the passenger experience. The Tangerine design studio, which has a long-term relationship with COMAC, proposed the concept of the bar area, first-class and business class seating, and galley. Baideg, a German company, manufactured the mock-up and completed the mock-up details for the CR929 that was shown at the Zhouhai Air Show. Overall the trim and finish of the new cabin interior has been inspired by cultural and contemporary references from Russia and China, making this a truly joint Sino-Russian enterprise.
Cabin innovations include the introduction of ‘smart’ overhead luggage bins, multi-theme intelligent lighting, and a bespoke bar area. Tangerine has also proposed the concept for the seating for the CR929, across three classes. Many technologies are incorporated into the proposed designs for the first class and business class seating, including integrated passenger service units (PSUs), ‘soft’ OLED screens, wireless charging surfaces for devices, and multiple sensors that can work with cabin systems to enhance passenger comfort.