Aeromexico’s warm and welcoming social space for its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner has been made a reality by the expertise of AIM Altitude.
The Door 2 boarding area was engineered and manufactured by AIM Altitude to completely deliver the design vision and brand intent. The journey began back in April 2014, when Aeromexico visited AIM Altitude’s exhibition stand at the Aircraft Interiors Show in Hamburg, looking for a world-class manufacturer to deliver its ambitions.
Aeromexico engaged AIM Altitude shortly after the expo and commissioned New Territory to design and detail the concept for the Door 2 monuments as part of the overall aircraft interior. AIM Altitude worked hand in hand with both to define the area and to take the design intent from concept, to reality.
All of AIM Altitude’s specialized engineering and manufacturing expertise was used to create the highly complex monuments for Aeromexico, including the asymmetric forms that create a welcoming, open, entrance and the all-important pleasing first impression.
The design and form of the monuments required highly complex mouldings and tooling. The monuments were engineered using the latest lightweight technology with great emphasis on ensuring durability, reliability and maintainability.
AIM Altitude delivered the subtle, warm and inviting lighting system imagined by New Territory, which gives the perfect ambience for the open and convivial space. With lighting being one of the most critical parts of any new aircraft furniture, special consideration was given to the overhead ‘Sky light’, designed by New Territory which Aeromexico considered a critical, interior element.
Attention to detail was vital to the scheme and AIM Altitude created a custom-designed, aesthetically pleasing, latching system for the galleys and stowages which helped maintain the design ambition.
Together, AIM Altitude and New Territory worked closely using a proof of principle methodology, testing concepts at critical intervals to see how they performed. This hands-on approach continued throughout the build, with each unit being hand crafted in AIM Altitude’s facilities in the UK.
Matthew Eyre, Vice President Corporate Accounts at AIM Altitude, said: “There were many hurdles to overcome in successfully executing the progamme for Aeromexico but we are very proud of the successful outcome. The boarding area, or ‘Espacio Premier’ is light, bright, and friendly, giving the hospitable feeling you would expect from Aeromexico.”
The new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner’s features include 274 seats – 36 flat-bed seats in Clase Premier – with a 180 degree recline, plenty of legroom, increased storage for carry-on bags, large windows that go dark at the touch of a button, a modern in-flight entertainment system with individual 18” touch screens in Clase Premier and 11” touch screens in the Economy cabin, and Sky Interior LED lighting. The aircrafts’ advanced technology also improves cabin air pressure, reducing fatigue and jet lag symptoms.