With the delivery of a new fleet of Airbus A321neo aircraft, China Airlines approached JPA Design to develop a new cabin interior that would redefine the inflight experience for customers travelling on their regional network.
With a scope that covers Premium Business Class and Economy Class seating as well as entryway areas and washrooms, the cabin has been designed to instill the emotions of a journey in customers. A journey that begins in the tranquil nature of calm tea gardens, crosses mountains and forests, and ends in the surroundings of energetic cities, resulting in a cabin full of cultural connections and inspired touchpoints.
The nature inspired experience starts in the aircraft entryway. Forest textures of persimmon wood and stone sit in harmony alongside curtains with a pattern that is reminiscent of the dappled light across a forest.
Butterfly projections are inspired by the traditional art of shadow puppetry. These are complemented by dramatic artwork on the entrance wall to create a sense of surprise and delight in customers as they are greeted onto the aircraft.
The all new fully flat beds in Premium Business Class reflect the central theme of a traditional tea pavilion set in lush green landscapes, featuring a colour palette of rich warm brown that evokes the feeling of a tea house interior.
Fields of tea inspire the textile of the seat, bringing depth to the design through pattern and colour. A contrasting dark cypress finish on the main tray table symbolises longevity and adds warmth to the cabin palette.
Increased privacy is offered to all customers by means of an extendable divider that features an integrated vanity mirror. The convenience of wireless charging capability at all seats ensures personal devices remain ready while capacitive seat controls promote ease of use with improved cleanability.
The theme for Economy Class turns its inspiration to the modern urban landscapes of vibrant cities. A combination of light and dark technical leathers on the seat gives a youthful and fresh look that is also durable and robust. Stitch detailing has been incorporated to reflect the brand’s journey curve – a journey that never ends and is a continuous experience from one destination to another.
Personal device power and storage is important to every traveller, so each seat incorporates a tailored solution for these devices with divisions stitched onto the literature pocket and a nylon strap to keep cables and bulky items organised.
The nature inspired theme continues into the lavatories. Horizontal stone textures also serve to widen the interior and increase the overall sense of space while the incorporation of hygienic touchless features will appeal to all customers.