From the outside, Qantas’ Airbus A360 looks very much like any other superjumbo jet, but the first class cabin has more than just extra leg room, sleeping quarters and pleather seats. It has what some may consider a Trekkie’s earthly dream.
The Daily Mail reports that the interior of the jet, designed by Marc Newson, looks like living quarters on Star Trek’s U.S.S. Enterprise complete LCD touchscreens, real leather seats, sheepskin-covered beds and houseplants:
“At first glance, this may look like the interior of the USS Enterprise, but it’s actually the first class cabin on a Qantas A380, complete with personal suites and centre socializing area,” writes TechEBlog this week.
The central area is provided for flyers to stretch their legs and sit down for a drink.
Each berth even has a dresser for storing clothes — naturally, pyjamas are provided.
There are just 14 berths in the whole cabin.
Flyers are provided with noise-cancelling headphones, and the touchscreen-controlled LCD panels in every berth give access to more than 1,000 different programmes.
TechEBlog has more on the plane:
For those who don’t already know, the Airbus A380 is basically “a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine jet airliner manufactured by the European corporation Airbus, a subsidiary of EADS. It is the world’s largest passenger airliner.”
Here’s a personal look at the inside the plan and all the amenities it offers:
Newsom was awarded the Good Design Award by The Chicago Athenaeum for his first class creation. Those in economy class also ride in comfortable style with the cabin also being awarded top honors with the 2009 Australian International Design Award of the Year.
According to the Qantas website, the planes are being introduced progressively with the latest flight schedule being Sydney to Hong Kong beginning Jan. 15. The Qantas planes currently operate between Los Angles and Sydney and Los Angles and Melbourne, among other international destinations.
The Airbus A380 was introduced to the commercial market in 2007. As of November 2011, there were 243 orders for the plane, 67 of which that have been completed. Earlier this month, the United Arab Emirates became the newest international airline to announce its operation of the A380, which will begin in 2012.