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Cabin and Comfort

Cabin and Comfort

Passenger Aircraft

Passenger comfort is a major priority for Airbus, which is why the company’s product line of modern jetliners – from its popular single-aisle A220 and A320 Families to the versatile Airbus widebodies, composed of the capable A330 Family, the new-generation A350 XWB, and the double-deck A380 – have a reputation for offering the most enjoyable experience aloft.

Airbus cabins are designed to offer superior comfort, services and ambience, ensuring the best possible passenger experience across all its aircraft families – along with a highly attractive commercial offer for airlines. Not only are Airbus cabins innovative and attractive, they are continuously being improved to offer travellers the quietest, most comfortable and enjoyable journeys today…and tomorrow.

Inside the cabin - Unmatched cabin experience

Rows of passenger seating with integrated in-flight entertainment systems

All Airbus jetliners can be fitted with state-of-the-art In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) systems offering passengers individual screens with high-quality audio and video programming on-demand. Passengers can even receive other services such as satellite live television broadcasts, safety instructions in their own language, live views from landscape cameras outside of the aircraft, international news or connecting flight information. These latest-generation entertainment systems are fully integrated into the seat, which not only creates further legroom but also allows the connection of their own personal electronic devices, such as smart phones, tablets or laptops.?

IFE now provides on-board connectivity, available on all Airbus aircraft. Passengers can use their personal wireless devices such as mobile phones, tablets or laptops to send and receive SMS messages, e-mails, access the internet or make and receive phone calls. Easily manageable by cabin crew, a selectable “voice-off” mode restricts cell-phone usage to data services only (SMS, e-mail and internet). Passengers’ feedback proves the service is a tremendous success and airlines love this feature as it enables them to reach passengers personally and generate ancillary revenues.?

Making sure that cabin crew are as comfortable and well rested as possible is essential to helping them to give the best possible service to passengers. Across the Airbus aircraft families, innovative solutions have been used to provide crew with comfortable and private rest areas without taking away vital space for passengers in the cabin.

Cabin air?

Airbus aircraft already offer one of the safest environments with air filtration systems that ensure highest levels of cabin air quality for passengers and crew – thanks to a thoroughly designed cabin “Environment Control System” (ECS). The ECS, which controls and monitors the air quality, temperature and pressure, also ensures that the airflow inside the cabin is constantly moving: It flows from top to bottom at one meter per second, and is subsequently removed through the floor. This airflow is optimised to prevent longitudinal movement, so there is no spread between adjacent seat rows.

In addition, during flight the air is constantly entering and leaving the cabin: As the ‘new’ air enters the cabin from outside, the same quantity of ‘used’ air from the cabin is expelled overboard via the pressurization outflow valves, such that it is fully renewed / exchanged with fresh air about every two to three minutes. For comparison, air in hospital rooms and classrooms is exchanged about every 10 minutes and about 20 minutes in offices.

The fresh air from outside the aircraft is naturally free from any pathogens at the high cruising altitudes where airliners operate. Meanwhile, the other portion of cabin air which is recirculated is first passed through High-Efficiency Particulate Arrestors (HEPA) filters for injection back into the mixer unit in the ECS. HEPA technology, originally developed for the US military to prevent the spread of airborne radioactive contaminants, has been installed in all Airbus aircraft since 1994. The filters, usually installed close to the centre wingbox in the underfloor area of the cabin, are known for their effectiveness in capturing microscopic airborne particulates covering typical bacteria and viruses:

Overall, the HEPA filters eliminate more than 99.9 percent of particles from recirculated air. The result is that the mix of fresh and pre-filtered recirculated air supplied by the ECS to passengers in Airbus cabins is very clean and virus-free.?

Cabin air flow and ventilation in an Airbus aircraft: How does it work?


The air in Airbus aircraft cabins is a mix of fresh air drawn from outside, and recirculated air. Recirculated cabin air goes through High-Efficiency-Particulate Arrestors (HEPA) filters, which remove particles in the air down to the size of microscopic bacteria and virus clusters. The cabin air is exchanged about every 2-3 minutes which enables a high virus dilution rate. Read less Read more

A relaxing environmnent

Airbus was the first manufacturer to introduce ambient lighting as a factory fit option on commercial aircraft. Today it is possible to provide ambient lighting on all Airbus aircraft, allowing airlines to adapt the cabin lighting and create an atmosphere in line with their branding and colour scheme, choosing from a palette of 16 million colours.?

Pre-defined lighting scenarios use colours, brightness levels and dynamic transitions to provide a pleasant and refined cabin atmosphere in all phases of flight. For example, this feature can be utilised to reduce the effects of jet lag by simulating sunrise or sunset – ensuring passengers arrive at their destination refreshed and ready to go. The adoption of LED technology throughout the cabin improves control, the variety of scenarios, and the quality of the lighting, so that airlines can “make magic” out of light.?

Airbus cabins are the quietest cabins in the sky, which greatly contributes to how rested and refreshed passengers feel upon landing. Airbus’ aircraft often surprise people by how quiet it is on-board, especially when it comes to the A380. Passengers' overall perception is one of peace and quiet, making a major contribution toward stress-free and restful flights. All Airbus long-haul cabins are at least three decibels quieter than the competition.

Airspace: designed for passengers and airlines

Airbus’ innovative Airspace cabin brand – launched in 2016 – was created with passengers at heart and airlines in mind, and built around four key pillars: comfort, ambience, services and design.

Signature design elements recognisable throughout all Airspace cabins offer more personal space; larger overhead storage bins; spacious, contemporary lavatories; along with unobstructed under-seat foot space. Other features are personalised in-flight entertainment options, a unique and customisable welcome area, the latest in LED technology for ambient lighting; plus straight lines, clean shapes and clear surfaces throughout the interior.

Features for operators include a range of new galley/lavatory options? to suit individual airline requirements and freeing up of main deck space to allow for additional seating, such as modular Space-Flex, or wheelchair-accessible lavatory configurations.

Airspace cabin configurations are available for Airbus’ A330neo, and A350 XWB? jetliners and soon on A320neo.?

Defining cabins for new passenger experience?

As cabin furnishings, seats and other elements are selected and purchased by the operator, Airbus works hand-in-hand with them to determine the best possible match with market requirements and in-flight service – providing a number of customisation options from which the most effective layout can be chosen.

For this, Airbus has created two facilities that enable airlines to experience and define the cabins on their future aircraft: the Airspace Customer Showroom at the company’s Toulouse, France headquarters; and the Airspace Customer Definition Centre in Hamburg, Germany.

The Airspace Customer Showroom in Toulouse has full-scale interior mock-ups of the company’s jetliners, from the A220 and A320 to the A330neo, A350 XWB and A380. It is the place to visualise, feel and see different levels of comfort targeted at different markets, all under one roof. A variety of configurations and equipment from suppliers are displayed in full-size mock-ups of the entire cabin, from the entrance area to the crew rest zones – allows customers to have a privileged look at Airbus cabin innovations well as comfort and efficiency enablers and lighting mock-ups.

The Airspace Customer Definition Centre in Hamburg offers the ultimate definition experience for Airbus cabins combined with efficient processes and state-of-the-art technology. Launched in 2014, the centre has successfully performed hundreds of definition meetings, benefitting from an ever-improving tool-set of functional definition areas and product displays.?

Commercial Aircraft 01 April 2019

Airspace Customer Definition Centre expansion

Airbus’ Airspace Customer Definition Centre (CDC) in Hamburg, Germany was expanded with approximately 4,500 sq. metres of new space over two floors

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Commercial Aircraft 01 April 2019

Expansion of Airspace Customer Definition Centre

The Airspace Customer Definition Centre (CDC) extension features new customer-specific mock-up areas, as well as highly flexible-presentation and conference rooms

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Commercial Aircraft 01 April 2019

Airspace Customer Definition Centre expands

A key addition to Airbus’ Airspace Customer Definition Centre (CDC) is its new floor projection system that displays the full-scale real cabin layout on the floor

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