Challenged to redefine Business Class with extremely rigid space constraints, the designers' innovative solution freed up previously inaccessible space and converted it to passenger space. The Upper Class Suite provides passengers with a luxury leather armchair to relax in which flips over into a separate bed with a mattress at the touch of a button, creating the most comfortable bed and the most comfortable seat in the air without compromising either. This is the first airline seat in which passengers can recline as soon as they get on board, because passengers can take-off and land in any seated position.
"This upper class suite cabin redefines the experience of Business Class flight. This is an experience one would get in a luxury lounge or reserved for the haute restaurant. Ingenious utilization of space in a constraint environment and a return to the glamour of the Golden Age of airline travel." - Amy Hiroshige, IDSA, Manager Design, Mitsubishi Motors Design America
Contact: Joe Ferry, I/IDSA,
Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd, United Kingdom
+44(0)1293 747 068,
Credit: Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd, United Kingdom; Pearson Lloyd Design Ltd, United Kingdom; and Design Q Ltd, United Kingdom