Project AIRTEK is a JPA Design collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering and SWS Aircraft Certification to create the future of lightweight and sustainable cabin structures.
The partnership, which is funded by the UK Governments’ Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), brings together world class experts in design, engineering, manufacturing, material sciences and aviation certification.
The core focus of AIRTEK is a patented unibody, composite, monocoque structure where loads are supported by the skin and shell of the seat, negating the need for much of the internal support structure. Less structure means less weight and results in the lightest business class seat ever designed. Lower weight reduces fuel burn and associated carbon emissions whilst the simplified structure with fewer parts improves production efficiency and reduces maintenance for airline operators.
With the removal of unnecessary structure comes additional customer benefits. An increase in living space improves comfort and provides additional personal storage, particularly below the seat which can now accommodate a full-size cabin bag.
The seat design makes use of recycled materials to reduce its carbon footprint whilst also incorporating high levels of customisation so each seat and cabin can be tailored to an airline’s individual brand requirements. The technology uses a flexible set of principles that can be adapted to various applications as well as to both widebody and narrow-body airframe types.
Further details will be released in 2021. For enquires about joining the AIRTEK programme as a development partner, please contact JPA Design.