Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer has announced that it is celebrating 10 years of its ultra-large business jet the Lineage 1000E with a compelling new cabin concept. The Kyoto Airship design would see large, tall windows and skylights installed around the fuselage.
The Lineage 1000E was unveiled in 2006 and began flying in 2009. It has a range of 4,600 nmi (8,519 km) and is said to be equipped with the latest electronic fly-by-wire flight control system. An optional "Autoland" feature is able to carry out an approach, touchdown and five-second roll-out on the runway when autopilot is engaged.
Up to 19 passengers can be accommodated on a Lineage 1000E and its luxurious cabin is split into five different areas that can be used for different purposes, such as lounging, dining, conferencing or relaxing. The aircraft is also said to have the largest baggage compartment in business aviation, as well as a walk-in luggage area that can be accessed during flights.
In addition, the Lineage 1000E has an iPad-controlled entertainment and cabin management system, as well as a media center that supports multiple media devices and inputs. For passengers, this translates to in-cabin HD video viewing, with audio provided via a 5.1 surround sound system.
The Kyoto Airship concept was apparently inspired by the Japanese custom of being seated on cushions on the floor. Windows on the side of the plane have been lowered to afford views from such a seating position and are stretched to be taller than is usual for such aircraft. Skylights, meanwhile, provide views of the sky above as well as allowing in extra light.
Embraer says it used the technical specifications of the ERJ 145 regional jet platform as reference for the design. The structure of the plane, which is used by the Brazilian Air Force, is designed to accommodate the large in-built windows it has for observation purposes.
We're awaiting additional information about the tangibility, availability and potential cost of the Kyoto Airship concept.