Transport and hospitality design specialist, JPA Design, has been appointed by Air China to create the cabin interiors for its new fleet of 15 B787-900s, which the Chinese national carrier will begin to take delivery of from 2016.
JPA is currently developing cabin interiors for Air China’s B777 and 747-8i aircraft. This interior scheme will translate to the new B787-900s, with additional and unique modifications and touches. The scope of work for JPA includes all materials and finishes for seats, wall and divider wall laminates, curtains, carpeting, entrance areas, colour and trim for lavatories and cabin lighting.
In addition to interiors, JPA Design has been appointed to create a set of inflight soft goods that will compliment the airlines scheme. It will involve designs for pillows, blankets, duvets, pyjamas, slippers, eye shades and toiletry bags and will start to appear across the newly designed fleet during the latter half of 2014.
Air China has just opened two new airport lounges in Shanghai and Beijing. Both have been designed by JPA, with International Shanghai Pudong being the largest airport lounge project that the design consultancy has created. Throughout these projects, JPA has aligned elements of the airlines premium lounges and on board products, to create a consistent design aesthetic.
Sim Kim Chui, product innovation director at JPA said, “With our design approach, JPA sets out to ensure that each element of the travel experience is considered, whether onboard or at the airport, so that passengers enjoy every part of their journey. JPA uses a cohesive design to unify the branding and colour schemes of Air China’s lounges and premium cabin interiors, and this offers customers a seamless transition from the ground to the skies.”