VT Volant Aerospace, a ST Engineering company, was pleased to receive notice that their entry, the ARC Lavatory Upgrade Kit, was shortlisted for a 2019 Crystal Cabin Award. VT Volant has three decades of experience supplying the aviation market with new and refurbished interior parts, and support services to aircraft operators, leasing companies, integrators and MRO service providers. The ARC Lavatory Kit was designed in partnership with London based Acumen Design Associates, and is a first in for the aviation industry, offering airlines and operators a cutting-edge bathroom interior for their legacy aircraft.
Cassandra Sexson, Director of Sales and Marketing at VT Volant, added: “Our vision is to give the B777 bathrooms a second life cycle, beyond the normal maintenance or overhaul, in a manner that is both time and cost sensitive for operators and leasing agents. The ARC Lavatory system does not require removal of the existing lavatory and therefore surface changes can be performed during any maintenance check with minimal downtime. The ARC system modernizes the aging bathroom interior, creating an environment that better reflects the needs of the modern passenger.”
The design was inspired by the five key Japanese design principles to create a simple, balanced and natural environment that promotes ease and wellbeing. The integrated ‘signature’ sink-deck is the center-piece of this elegant and restrained design, intuitively positioning the passenger around the wash basin and faucet. The vertical curve in the base of the mirror creates additional space for washing and drying, whilst the horizontal curve in the sink-deck permits a large wash basin. Together this sculpted architecture creates an enhanced perception of space as well as an enlarged area for washing and drying.
Anthony Harcup, Associate Director at Acumen Design Associates commented: “Every touch point on the aircraft has an effect on the passenger and their view of an airline. The bathroom is a fundamental part of that experience and is often overlooked. Passengers benchmark their experiences against the hospitality industry where bathrooms are a signature part of the décor. The legacy B777 bathroom design is more than 25 years old now and things have moved on. Our goal was to bring some warmth and sophistication to these areas in a way that is easily upgradeable for the airlines, and helps them deliver a seamless on-board experience to their customers.”
This is the first Crystal Cabin submission by VT Volant Aerospace and they plan to advance further into the interiors market in 2019 and 2020. Needless to say, both organizations are excited to be shortlisted among some of the industries largest interior designers and manufacturers. The concept goes a long way to improve the passenger experience aboard the legacy B777 restrooms around the world.