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EBACE 2011: BAE unveils ABJ Elegante cabin interior

 - May 17, 2011, 8:50 AM

BAE Systems (Stand 751) and design consultancy Design Q have unveiled their latest interior concept for the Avro Business Jet: the ABJ Elegante.

Designed with “space and grandeur” in mind, the ABJ Elegante is the fourth of five interiors commissioned by BAE Systems Regional Aircraft from Design Q targeted at different VIP aircraft market segments. “A fully converted ABJ of this level of quality can be put on the ramp” for between $12 million and $15 million, the company said.

BAE reports 24 ABJs–executive and VIP versions of its BAe 146 and Avro RJ regional jets–in service or under conversion. The company has 110 BAe 146s and Avro RJs on its leasing portfolio, most on lease to airlines.

The first two interiors–ABJ Explorer One and Explorer Four–were introduced at EBACE 2010; the third–ABJ Fusion–was unveiled at the NBAA convention last October.

The Elegante interior seeks to maximize cabin space with a fluid layout that guides passengers through the cabin. There is a large galley at the front of the aircraft that can be segregated from the main cabin and a forward lounge with two large sofas and an offset dining table in the aft section with a 46-inch video display screen. The aft section accommodates an additional lounge and office that can be quickly converted into a private bedroom. The aft bathroom/dressing room stretches the width of the aircraft, with a full height wardrobe.

The new interior was designed to “tease the imagination and demonstrate the versatility of the cabin,” said Chris Sedgwick, BAE Systems Regional Aircraft technical sales executive.

“With this [interior] we want to make a big statement as you walk into the aircraft,” said Gary Doy, director of Design Q, Redditch, UK. “This is a very interesting and viable interior. It will be interesting to see if someone takes it up and buys one.”