Partnership brings Formula One technology to aircraft interiors

Partnership brings Formula One technology to aircraft interiors

Partnership between Williams Advanced Engineering and JPA Design to be introduced at Passenger Experience Conference.

Partnership brings Formula One technology to aircraft interiors

Technology derived from the world of Formula One motor racing is being used to maximise space and comfort in airline interiors by Williams Advanced Engineering and JPA Design.

The partnership seeks to implement changes in cabin layout, passenger comfort, fuel-saving and carbon emission reductions, compared to existing, traditional approaches, through the application of new interior design and lightweight materials. Proprietary technologies from both parties will be used to save weight, whilst increasing comfort and space. The partnership has been formed in the light of new investment in lighter aircraft made of composite materials, such as carbon fibre in the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A350. 

Further details about the partnership will be revealed at the Passenger Experience Conference (April 1) and the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2019 (AIX April 2-4 2019) in Hamburg, Germany.

Ben Orson, Managing Director of JPA Design London and Stu Olden, Senior Commercial Manager of Williams Advanced Engineering will speak at the conference. The companies will also be showcasing an example of the new technology on offer to airlines and their passengers at the Expo on the ADS stand, 3UA10 in the UK Pavilion, Hall B3 Upper of the Hamburg Messe.

James Park, Founder and Principal of JPA Design, said: “Our work with Williams Advanced Engineering will deliver truly revolutionary advances to the air travel industry, both onboard new aircraft and retrofitted to existing aeroplanes. The fruits of this partnership will offer our customers better use of the space in their cabins, enhanced comfort and functionality for their passengers and a boost to airline profitability.  This is all delivered through reduced cost of ownership due to weight savings onboard together with lower installation and maintenance costs.”

Partnership to showcase 'Best of British'

The partnership between the two companies aims to create a UK capability for aircraft interior products to be delivered worldwide through the application of Formula One-derived technology from Williams, together with the cabin design experience of JPA Design.

Craig Wilson, Managing Director of Williams Advanced Engineering, said: “The innovative use of lightweight materials, rapid product development and the maximisation of available space is very much at the heart of the work we do commercialising Formula One-derived technology."

"We are very much looking forward to unveiling to the world further developments from our work with JPA Design in Hamburg in April.  Airlines and their passengers everywhere will benefit from this exciting new partnership between the best of British design and engineering.”

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