AIM Altitude behind the new Emirates A380 Onboard Lounge
First engineered and manufactured by AIM Altitude in 2008, the Emirates horseshoe bar has quickly become an iconic feature for the airline. The bar and lounge has now undergone a complete refresh and, once again, it was AIM Altitude that undertook this significant task.
In line with customer feedback, the AIM Altitude team worked closely with Emirates to make subtle enhancements to the bar’s construction throughout its existence. This latest refresh is, however, on a larger scale, increasing the seating space in the lounge and giving it an airier and lighter feel.
It is AIM Altitude’s commitment to developing and certifying new materials, along with delivering engineering and manufacturing solutions, that makes such onboard bars and lounges possible. In this newest Onboard Lounge for Emirates, AIM Altitude has created more social seating arrangements, along with its own automated LED mood lighting system. Customised laminates feature the UAE’s national Ghaf tree in decorative gold foil and a mixture of high-end leathers, with elegant gold perforated detailing, create a feeling of sumptuous sophistication.
Steve Hawkins, Chief Engineer Design, at AIM Altitude commented: “Using engineering and manufacturing skills honed over many years, our team has been able to create a more modern, spacious, yet intimate feel.” Steve Reade, Lead Engineer, explained: “Lamps enhance the atmospheric lighting and birch-wood grain gives a more contemporary finish. The seats and sofas in the lounge are highly sculpted, reminiscent of private yacht cabins or sleek automotive seating.”
The new Emirates A380 Onboard Lounge will be made public at ITB Berlin in March. The AIM Altitude team will be available at AIX Hamburg in April to discuss further their design, engineering and manufacturing capabilities, and the refreshed Horseshoe bar and lounge will be operational in July 2017.