Aviation-inspired passenger cabins
Bourbon Mobility, a specialist in offshore personel transport, has partnered with Peugeot Design Lab to propose interior designs inspired by the aviation industry.
Designers created a cabin layout that guarantees optimal safety, ‘VIP’ comfort seats and ergonomic storage. The first ‘Business Class’ cabin will be operational in mid-2020.
Passengers will benefit from increased safety. Seats include handles, making it easier for passengers to move about the cabin in rough seas. Large aisles encourage a smooth flow of traffic. Two large screens display safety messages. Life vests are visible and easily accessible.
The comfort is described as similar to ‘Business Class’ in a constrained offshore environment. Seats are equipped with vertical supports, deep headrests and calf rests. Cushions reduce vibrations from the vessel. Seats recline significantly, leaving significant legroom. Large windows allow for increased brightness.
Every detail is ergonomic. Closed storage and lighting are located in the ceiling of the cabin. A tablet stand and USB plug on the back of each chair allows passengers to enjoy WiFi and new various entertainment services, offered to passengers on demand. The visual identity of the cabin is highlighted by warm, light wood and smooth metal. The use of light and dark blue is a nod to the high seas.
“We want to establish new standards of comfort for offshore personnel transport inspired by the aviation industry. Our future cabins will be developed in a range of 3 levels of comfort: ‘Business Class’, ‘Premium’ and ‘Eco’, so as to offer a new passenger experience onboard. We have chosen Peugeot Design Lab for its expertise in Brand Identity, interior Design and Industrial development, particularly in the fields of the maritime and transport industries, as we want to assert Bourbon Mobility services as an alternative to helicopter transport: safer, more reliable, more comfortable and cost-efficient,” said François Lesle, CEO of Bourbon Mobility.
The first prototype of a long distance ‘Crewliner’ vessel (36 metres) equipped with a ‘Business Class’ cabin for 46 passengers will be delivered in early 2020. The future cabins will be built directly onto existing vessels in a ‘plug & play’ mode, along the way from mid-2020.
By Jake Frith
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