Recent start-up aviation asset manager Falko (Booth No. C8030), teamed with design consultancy Design Q, has unveiled its final concept for the Avro Business Jet (ABJ) line, an airplane “that James Bond would have loved,” according to Design Q director Gary Doy. The mock-up of the interior is being shown at NBAA 2011 Annual Meeting and Convention in Las vegas, October 10 to 12.
The executive variant of the four-engine Avro RJ regional jet is called the ABJ-Q, in homage to the famous “Q” who specializes in creating gadgets neatly hidden in everyday objects in James Bond films. The ABJ-Q, said Falko, is designed “to appeal to dynamic and forward-thinking owners who live life in the fast lane; the interior is bristling with technology and gadgets that are discretely concealed in the hand-crafted furnishings but available at a moment’s notice.”
Falko technical sales executive Chris Sedgwick said, “Once more, working with Design Q, we have created a special interior for the ABJ that opens new horizons and shows just what is possible by marrying together a cost-effective and spacious platform like the Avro Regional Jet with the latest in interior treatments and design philosophies.”
Other ABJ variants from Design Q include: the Explorer One and Explorer “go anywhere” airplanes for those with a spirit of adventure; the ABJ Fusion for the high-end luxury market; and the ABJ Eleganté for individuals or companies requiring a highly sophisticated, luxury interior for shorter duration trips.
The lounge in the ABJ-Q has a principal seat with a control center allowing the passenger to change all aspects of the cabin environment with “intuitive movements of the hand.” Monitors and a refreshment center are embedded in bulkheads and “magically” appear at a touch. A barreled ceiling has a unique LED lighting system that delivers a new twist on mood and accent lighting and a full daylight-like working environment.
The active desk is equipped with printers, computers and smaller pop-up monitors. Finally, a fingerprint recognition system is used to gain access to all these items, in addition locking and unlocking a safe created to store confidential documents and valuables.
“There is a freshness and excitement in this [cabin] concept that could result in a very special interior should it be taken through to completion,” said Doy.