Munich – 23rd February 2022 – The German aircraft manufacturer Deutsche Aircraft has announced a partnership with the London-based design agency Factorydesign. Deutsche Aircraft is currently working on remodeling the Dornier 328 short haul aircraft into a more environmentally-friendly concept, called D328eco.
The focus on sustainability also applies to the cabin interior. Factorydesign are tasked with creating an all-new cabin interior including walls, ceilings, overhead compartments, bulkheads and partition, a new and engaging welcome on boarding, as well as a new galley, lavatory and bespoke seating.
The goal is to redefine the cabin through design features, with careful attention to sustainable materials and processes, plus thoughtful consideration given to the passenger experience, crew requirements and operation.
“It is clear that the future success of aviation at all levels will be determined by the airframers thoughtful attention to sustainability, passenger experience and providing airlines with options to improve their flexibility. As such, we are naturally delighted to be working for Deutsche Aircraft on the new cabin interiors for their D328eco aircraft.” says Peter Tennent, Commercial Director, Factorydesign.
Ecological, comfortable and safe
Redesigning seats, stowage compartments, structural components and lighting can save weight and thus make the aircraft more fuel efficient. Selecting certified materials for components that are either recycled or are recyclable, help to reduce waste. By looking into alternative manufacturing techniques, resources may be used more efficiently.
Sustainability does not end with weight-saving and alternative materials. Passenger comfort is also key in providing a sustainable tool for airlines. “We are looking at ways to enhance the customer experience. Passengers should expect that they are being looked after, feel safe and have an experience that they want to happily come back to and not just tolerate,” explains Adrian Berry, Creative Director at Factorydesign.
What applies to the passengers also applies to the crew. Key aspects of providing them with a suitable workspace are technological enhancements, ergonomics of space and simplicity of the design.
Safety has always been an important consideration in air travel. The covid-pandemic has put an even bigger emphasis on hygiene in the cabin. Cleaning and cleanability will also be emphasized. Other state of the art cleaning solutions, anti-microbial surfaces and finishes, as well as easy and quickly changeable refreshment items could be incorporated.
Creating a convincing “business card”
Houda El Mektoumi, Head of Cabin & Cargo at Deutsche Aircraft shares: “The cabin design is the business card of an aircraft and any airline. Together with Factorydesign, our team of Cabin Interior Engineers will ensure that the high comfort and design level of long-haul jets will continue in regional aircraft. Passengers will enjoy a seamless flight experience in the D328eco and be delighted by the unique, sustainable cabin design. We are certain that together with Factorydesign we can open a new chapter in short haul air travel.”
Factorydesign is a multi-award winning, creative design agency with studios and workshops in West London, delivering strategic design solutions for cabin interiors and products for the aviation sector. Creating unique passenger experiences through the design of cabin layouts, interiors and products including seats for all classes, cabin destinations and features, monuments, lavatories and galleys, as well interpreting and integrating brands through materials, colour, trim and finish for regional and commercial aircraft.
About the data:
- Source: Cirium
- Schedules data: full year 2019 vs. 2020 – excludes non-scheduled flying
- In-service data:
- For 2019 the data is dated April while for 2020 it’s dated October. We wanted to compare “shoulder month” to shoulder month, however April 2020 wouldn’t have captured the immediate impact of Coronavirus as our dataset classes aircraft as in storage after 3 months of inactivity.
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As part of its continued support of Deutsche Aircraft’s D328eco aircraft programme, 328 Support Services GmbH recently appointed a panel of “talent experts” to further strengthen the overall team and ensure strong management structure and processes are in place across the D328eco development programme. Today we focus on the Engineering & Programme departments.
On the programme side, Mr. Peter Spyrka has been appointed Director of Programmes. Peter brings over 20 years’ experience in the global aerospace industry with engineering & development works on both civil and military aircraft programmes. Prior to joining Deutsche Aircraft, Peter worked at Airbus, leading the Hybrid Electric Propulsion System development programme for demonstrator projects. He also worked for Fairchild Dornier back in the late 1990’s.
In Engineering, Mr. Jean-Damien Mazeau has been appointed as our new Head of Propulsion Systems. Jean-Damien also brings more than 20 years’ aeronautical experience to Deutsche Aircraft, having built most of his career at Airbus. He was most recently involved with the A320neo’s entry into service, in charge of propulsion system’s global technical Support.
Last but not least, Dr. Stefan Brunner brings more than two decades of expertise and experience to his position as Head of Airframe. Throughout his career, Stefan spent more than 17 years working directly for the Airbus group where he was heavily involved with a wide variety of major engineering programmes on both commercial aviation and defence & space programmes. In his new role, Stefan will be responsible for design, analysis and modification of the D328eco airframe’s primary structure (Fuselage, Fairings, Wing, Empennage), as well as establishing new processes and procedures to complete aircraft development. Finally, he is responsible for ensuring compliance with the European Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulations.
In addition to Peter, Jean Damien and Stefan, we are also proud to announce that we have been busy hiring new talent from not only within Germany, but from all over the world. Coming from a variety of companies within the aerospace industry, we look forward to utilising our new team members’ skills and expertise to achieve the entry into service scheduled for 2025.
All are great assets to the current Engineering & Programme team and will, without a doubt, help support Deutsche Aircraft’s development programme over the coming years.
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