Bamboo and glass skyscrapers inspire tangerine’s design for Cathay Pacific’s A350


May 31, 2016 – Design firm tangerine is celebrating the imminent service launch of Cathay Pacific’s new A350. Tangerine won the project to design the color, material and finish scheme, as well as the aircraft’s economy seat. The vision was to capture the magic of Hong Kong, playing with the contrast between the city and the countryside.

Interior finishes are inspired by Asian minimalism. For example, the laminates on the bulkhead feature an embossed irregular-striped pattern that is evocative of bamboo, contrasting with the natural textured finishes that are incorporated throughout the interior across all classes. Green is an essential color for Cathay Pacific’s brand: three shades, blended with natural tones, were used.

The new economy seat features a headrest designed to provide increased lateral support, and an integrated ‘back pack’ consisting of a combined shelf and storage area for tablets and other devices, storage for personal items and a drinks holder. All of these design changes were driven around research into passenger’s habits and needs.

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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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