First glimpse inside potential VIP Airbus A380 Flying Palace
launch customer's interior design
By David Kaminski-Morrow
Posted: March 12, 2007
US design house Edése Doret Industrial Design is nearing
completion of an interior configuration for a VIP Airbus
A380 aircraft, although the jet in question has yet to
be formally ordered by the client concerned.
The New York-based studio, which has been developing internal
concepts for the A380, has a specific agreement with an unidentified
customer to design an interior for a VIP A380, dubbed 'Flying
Palace' by the manufacturer. Airbus announced earlier this month
that it had secured an as-yet unspecified launch customer for
the VIP variant, whose interior plans are understood to be advanced.
It is not known whether these pictures are for that launch customer.
Company president Edése Doret has released initial images
of the interior to flightglobal.com. While the design is nearing
completion, it is still subject to adjustment by the client,
he says: “They will most likely make changes prior to
While Doret will neither confirm nor deny that the customer
is from the Middle East region, the images clearly show flat-screen
moving map monitors carrying Arabic script with Dubai as the
origin point of a theoretical flight path.
The main-deck forward cabin shows the stairway leading to the
stateroom, guest suites and upper-deck lounge. It also includes
four swivel-seats and a 107cm (42in) monitor. A spiral stairway
leads to a lower crew-rest area.
Behind this area, on the main deck, is located a grand lounge
which includes a 178cm screen, flush-mounted with the cabin
divider, plus a VIP lavatory to the left and wet bar on the
right of the central structure. Aft of the lounge is a dining
zone suite with a table surrounded by 14 seats.
Once finalised, says a spokesman for Edése Doret, the
layout will be submitted to an outfitter who, subject to the
aircraft’s being ordered, will take responsibility for
Airbus disclosed recently that it had obtained a letter of
intent to provide a VIP A380. It is unclear whether this agreement
and that with the design house are with the same client.
Article at: flightglobal.com