Inairvation has been selected to develop cabin interiors for Aerion’s AS2 supersonic business jet, as well as to manage their certification and production. Inairvation, formed in 2014, is a joint venture between Lufthansa Technik and F/List, with preferred partners Design Q for interior design and Schott for lighting. It specializes in integrated business jet cabin solutions.
The Inairvation team has already built a full-scale engineering mock-up of the AS2 interior, at Design Q’s studio in Redditch, UK. Aerion and Inairvation are using the mock-up to assess possible configurations for cockpit and cabin. “The mock-up provides an experience that is not possible looking at a 3D model on a computer,” said Doug Nichols, CEO at Aerion. “Stepping inside was instant confirmation that we would be able to offer the customer not only an incredibly fast aircraft, but the ultimate passenger experience.”
Lufthansa Technik is well known for its completion services, as well as its CMS and other products. F/List supplies components including galleys, cabinetry, sideledges, tables, and wood and stone flooring. Inairvation is based in Thomasberg, Austria, and led by co-CEOs Philip von Schroeter of Lufthansa Technik and Werner Kartner of F/List. Schott specializes in cabin lighting systems, including LED and fiber-optic technologies. Design Q is a specialist in automotive and aviation design, and in 2014 created a full-scale Global 7000 mock-up for Bombardier.
“Inairvation impressed us immensely for several reasons: the quality of their interior design thinking; their demonstrated commitment to innovation; their ability to integrate design, engineering, certification and manufacturing; and the exceptional history of each individual company under the Inairvation umbrella,” said Nichols. “The Inairvation organization itself is an innovation, and represents an advance in the integration of cabin technologies from various suppliers. Also, we are absolutely impressed with the passion and creativity Inairvation brings to the Aerion program.”
“The opportunity to participate in the design of a supersonic business jet thrills our whole organization,” said von Schroeter. “It is the kind of technological and aesthetic challenge for which Inairvation was created. We are brimming with ideas for making the AS2 cabin the most exciting and desirable interior environment in business aviation.”
Click here to read a feature on Inairvation’s integrated approach from the July 2014 issue of Business Jet Interiors International
November 20, 2015