Oman Air has unveiled a unique feature panel for the first class cabins of its Boeing 787-9 aircraft, recently launched on its Muscat to London route. The front-textured panel frames the airline’s modern logo in a a shaped arch, reminiscent of Oman’s culture and history. The concept design was originated by Teague, in collaboration with the Oman Air guest experience and branding team, before going through the industrial-design process at AIM Altitude., which manufactured the panel in the UK.
Xia Cai, SVP of guest experience & branding at Oman Air said, “The feature panel offers a significant enhancement to the atmosphere of the whole cabin. It is a dramatic piece that reflects our Omani architectural heritage through a modern interpretation without taking up valuable space. The lighting techniques mean that it takes on new emphasis at different points in the flight and can transition between calming subtlety and uplifting opulence.”
The panel includes Aim Altitude-engineered lighting, with LEDs from the pelmet, washing out onto the textured panel. The translucent center logo has colored opaque inserts, allowing a further LED light to project through only the main features of the logo. All the LED lighting is controlled via a sensor, which harmonizes with the aircraft cabin lighting.
Peter Niemeyer, principal engineer at AIM Altitude, explained the design, “We utilized painted thermoplastic for the front-textured panel, and the polyurethane logo was produced using a silicon casting. The LED lighting is extremely effective, and we are delighted with the extra dimension it brings to the panel.”