Linlin ZHU, Antoine FERRAN [TBS Aerospace MBA Full-Time, FT17] and Maxime Bolis [TBS M2C] participated to USAIRE Conference on June 24th, 2016 in Pullman Hotel, Blagnac. Let’s have a look at their report!
Mr. Jacques PierreJean has been a cabin designer for 35 years and is working on 3 main segments: Yachts, Private Jets and Commercial Airlines. As far as yachts are concerned, owners will consider them as “toys”, which gives the designer a lot more liberty to make the dream come to reality.
On the other hand, aircraft are considered as “tools”, and have a lot more constraints attached to them, both in terms of utility and materials. To compensate for the weight, the design team is focusing on every details, and are using very thin layers of wood and stone and play with the impression and feeling to make it look thicker. For Private jets, Pierrejean Design studio started with Dassault then moved to Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ). Today, nearly every types of aircraft has been modified to become a private jets (Dreamliner, 747, A380, A320…). One of the latest delivery was a 747-8 delivered to an Emir from Qatar.
Concerning commercial airlines, the studio started with Emirates in 1998, but it was very difficult to convince everyone of the design possibilities in an aircraft. Now that it has been proven, a lot of new ideas are coming up such as a welcoming bar for business and 1st class passenger (this has been done on some 787 for Qatar Airlines and on some A380 for Singapore Airlines). One of the challenge today is to give a private jet experience to 1st class travelers. For example the design team has included a shower in some A380 from Emirates, and on top of the engineering challenge, the team had to find solutions so that passenger would not spend too much time in the shower, in order for everyone to have the possibility to take one during the flight! But while the most visible part of the design is for Business and first class, Pierrejean Design Studio is also working on some Economic class for Singapore Airlines, Air Mauritius and Lufthansa. On top of the design activity, part of the job for the studio is to find the proper technology to use and to adapt it to comply with the regulations needed in the aeronautical business. Overall, it will take around 3 years to design a new seat for an airline.