FLIGHT COU­TURE

Yasava’s Stylish Cabin So­lu­tions

Jetgala - - CONTENT - by Sandy Tan

IN THE 1990S, AERO­SPACE EN­GI­NEER CHRISTOPHER MBANEFO SPENT HUN­DREDS OF HOURS GIV­ING COR­PO­RATE AIR­CRAFT DEMON­STRA­TIONS TO PO­TEN­TIAL CLIENTS. These trips re­vealed to Mbanefo a sur­pris­ing re­al­ity — fly­ing pri­vately does not al­ways guar­an­tee com­fort or the lack of a stiff neck, es­pe­cially when cabin in­te­ri­ors aren’t tai­lored to the air­craft owner’s spe­cific life­style.

Over the years, Mbanefo’s com­pany, Yasava So­lu­tions, learned more about pas­sen­ger peeves. Bulk­heads or ad­ja­cent fur­ni­ture pre­vented seats from fully re­clin­ing, con­fer­ence ar­eas pro­vided lit­tle legroom for grown men, and meals could only be re­heated in­stead of pre­pared on the spot. One pri­vate jet owner even con­fessed to sleep­ing on the floor to avoid ly­ing on an awk­wardly re­clin­ing seat or nar­row sofa. “Most cor­po­rate jets have es­sen­tially iden­ti­cal lay­outs that no­body asked for. Yet the buyer is made to be­lieve that by choos­ing colours, ma­te­ri­als and tex­tures, he can cus­tomise the in­te­rior,” says Mbanefo.

THE SEAT CORRECTS THE DRAW­BACKS OF LIE- FLAT DE­SIGNS BY AL­LOW­ING FOR CHANGES IN BODY PO­SI­TIONS

He de­cided to pro­vide a so­lu­tion, trans­form­ing Yasava into a cabin de­sign and en­gi­neer­ing com­pany. The Switzer­land-based team cre­ated the As­tral De­sign Series, a cabin in­te­rior theme that can be cus­tomised for dif­fer­ent long-range air­craft. The As­tral di­vides an air­craft cabin into three zones, in­clud­ing a day lounge that can trans­form into a pri­vate suite, com­plete with a dou­ble bed, pri­vate la­va­tory and op­tional shower. Four pas­sen­gers can share a large con­fer­ence table with­out leav­ing their seats, and an on-board chef can use a fully equipped gal­ley. Af­ter all, you don’t buy a pri­vate jet only to eat warmed-up scram­bled eggs, says Mbanefo.

What may be the As­tral’s most strik­ing fea­ture, though, is the Aïana Wave seat, which eas­ily con­verts into a bed. It uses aero­nau­tic and au­to­mo­tive tech­nol­ogy, in­cor­po­rat­ing high­strength al­loys, car­bon fi­bre and liq­uid me­tal ap­pli­ca­tions. For op­ti­mal sleep qual­ity, the seat’s shape mim­ics the ‘neu­tral body pos­ture’ (NBP), the po­si­tion that hu­man bod­ies nat­u­rally adopt when sleep­ing in mi­cro­grav­ity. The NBP, ob­served on as­tro­nauts in space, re­duces ex­er­tion on one’s car­dio­vas­cu­lar sys­tem when sleep­ing in stan­dard grav­ity on Earth.

Us­ing patent-pend­ing ‘smart me­chan­ics’, the Aïana Wave seat corrects the draw­backs of typ­i­cal lie-flat de­signs by al­low­ing for changes in body po­si­tions. It also fea­tures a thick mat­tress and em­bed­ded light­ing. Clients can cus­tomise the seat de­sign, and some have asked Yasava to tai­lor it for use in yachts, of­fices and pri­vate res­i­dences.

For Yasava, that is true cus­tomi­sa­tion — con­sid­er­ing the client’s life­style re­quire­ments be­fore any­thing else. “If the de­sign and layout of the space do not en­hance and sup­port the client’s life­style, the de­sign sim­ply is not go­ing to work,” says Mbanefo. Only then do the Yasava team ask about pref­er­ences on colours, ma­te­ri­als, and other el­e­ments; aes­thet­ics, af­ter all, con­trib­ute to a pleas­ant flight. The re­sult is a tai­lor-made so­lu­tion where func­tion leads to lux­ury. And that is the essence of the As­tral De­sign Series — form and func­tion com­bin­ing to pro­vide op­ti­mum com­fort and style, just like a be­spoke Ital­ian suit.

“IF THE DE­SIGN AND LAYOUT DO NOT SUP­PORT THE CLIENT’S LIFE­STYLE, THE DE­SIGN IS NOT GO­ING TO WORK”

Yasava in­cor­po­rates the air­craft owner’s life­style into the cabin de­sign

FROM TOP

The As­tral layout is based on pas­sen­gers’ ac­tual us­age of the spa­ces in a cabin

The Aïana Wave seat is a key fea­ture of the As­tral De­sign Series

The Aïana Wave seat de­sign is based on sci­en­tific stud­ies, in­clud­ing NASA data

The Aïana Wave seat may be cus­tomised to suit dif­fer­ent jet in­te­rior themes, as well as yachts and homes

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