Aerion Selects INAIRVATION to Develop World’s First Supersonic Business Jet Cabin “With INAIRVATION, we gain industry leading expertise from Lufthansa Technik, F/LIST and their preferred partners,” says Aerion’s Nichols.
Las Vegas, NV, NBAA – November 16, 2015
Aerion, the leader in supersonic technology, announced today that INAIRVATION will develop innovative cabin interiors for the AS2 supersonic business jet, as well as manage their certification and production.
INAIRVATION GmbH, formed in 2014, is a joint venture between Lufthansa Technik AG and F. LIST GMBH, (commonly F/LIST) with preferred partners Design Q for interior design and SCHOTT for lighting. INAIRVATION is the first provider to offer completely integrated business jet cabin solutions.
In announcing the selection, Aerion CEO Doug Nichols stated: “INAIRVATION impressed us immensely for several reasons: the quality of their interior design thinking; their demonstrated commitment to innovation; their ability to integrate design, engineering, certification, and manufacturing; and the exceptional history of each individual company under the INAIRVATION umbrella.”
“The INAIRVATION organization itself is an innovation,” he added, “and represents an advance in the integration of cabin technologies from various suppliers. Also, we are absolutely impressed with the passion and creativity INAIRVATION brings to the Aerion program.”
Lufthansa Technik, headquartered in Hamburg, is well known for complex completion projects, cabin management systems, and cabin integration services. F/ LIST, based in Thomasberg, Austria, is a major supplier of cabin monuments, including galleys, cabinetry, side ledges, tables, and innovative, ultra light wood and stone flooring. INAIRVATION is also based in Thomasberg and led by co CEOs Dr. Philip von Schroeter of Lufthansa Technik and Werner Kartner from F/LIST. Preferred supplier SCHOTT is an industry leader in advanced cabin lighting systems, including LED and fiber optic technologies. Design Q is a specialist in automotive and aviation design, and won acclaim in 2014 for a full scale Global 7000 mockup created for Bombardier. “The opportunity to participate in the design of a supersonic business jet thrills our whole organization,” said von Schroeter. “It is the kind of technologic and aesthetic challenge for which INAIRVATION was created. We are brimming with ideas for making the AS2 cabin the most exciting and desirable interior environment in business aviation.”
Already the INAIRVATION team has built a full scale engineering mockup of the AS2 interior at Design Q’s studio in Redditch, England. Aerion and INAIRVATION are using the mockup to assess possible configurations for cockpit and cabin. “The mockup provides an experience that is not possible looking at a 3D model on a computer,” said Nichols. “Stepping inside was instant confirmation that we would be able to offer the customer not only an incredibly fast airplane, but the ultimate passenger experience.”
Representatives of INAIRVATION will be in the Aerion booth C9429 through the NBAA show, providing virtual tours of the AS2 cabin using Samsung VR viewing technology.
About Aerion Corporation
Aerion Corporation of Reno, Nevada, was formed in 2002 to introduce a new era of practical and efficient supersonic flight. Over more than a decade, Aerion has demonstrated advanced wing technology in conjunction with NASA and other leading aeronautical institutions. This research includes breakthrough work in the area of supersonic natural laminar flow, the key enabling technology behind the company’s AS2 business jet. In 2014, Aerion entered into a collaboration with Airbus Group to develop the Aerion AS2 Mach 1.5 supersonic jet. Engineering is underway with first flight planned for 2021 and entry into service in 2023.
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