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FACC next-gen cabin design targets sustainability and comfort
Thursday, 16 June 2022
Wheelchair tennis star Nico Langmann has welcomed FACC's 100% wheelchair-accessible cabin and a disability-friendly lavatory. Ultralight materials derived from sugar cane are involved.

Germany's FACC believes that the next generation of passenger aircraft will set new standards in terms of sustainability and passenger comfort. When creating the BIOS Future Cabin, it focused on these objectives by introducing a resin derived from sugar cane, which has been optimised for use in aviation through intensive research work.

"When redesigning the aircraft interior, we paid particular attention to making efficient use of the available space," explains ceo Robert Machtlinger. The result: 20% more room to move and 50% more storage space compared to current-generation aircraft. This was made possible by a design approach that integrates seamlessly with the load-bearing elements of the aircraft.

In addition, large screens and intelligent surfaces offer a multimedia experience: the entire backrest is transformed into a screen that can be connected to the passenger's own device, if so desired, and can also play smartphone apps from third-party providers. Via a dedicated control centre, each passenger can adjust the ventilation or individually configure design elements.

A 100% wheelchair-accessible cabin and a disability-friendly lavatory are also setting new standards with respect to barrier-free flying. “In terms of accessibility, there is, quite literally, still a lot of room for improvement in aviation," emphasises Nico Langmann - who ranks in the world top 20 in wheelchair tennis. “Currently, not only the processes themselves, but also cabin designs are not always suitable for wheelchairs, which is why this new design is very promising.”

Ultra-light materials made from renewable resources will also drastically reduce the aircraft's CO2 emissions. To this end, a new lightweight material derived from sugar cane has been developed following many years of research. The properties of this material make it well-suited for use in aviation. Its surface is not only extremely robust, but also resistant to heat and chemicals.

A novel air curtain ensures that air is circulated within smaller cabin sections. With this innovation, FACC wishes to contribute to the safety of passengers by making aviation even more resistant to viruses and bacteria in the future.

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