April 28: Boeing announced that seven airlines will be the first to incorporate the new, spacious 737 ‘Boeing Sky Interior’ starting in late 2010, featuring soft, blue-sky-like lighting overhead.
The airlines are: FlyDubai, Continental Airlines, Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, Malaysia Airlines, TUI Travel PLC, GOL Airlines and Lion Air.
Drawing from years of research used to design the interior for the 787 Dreamliner, the 737 ‘Boeing Sky Interior’ features new, 787-style modern sculpted sidewalls and window reveals that draw passengers’ eyes to the aeroplane’s windows, giving passengers a greater connection to the flying experience. On a more practical note, the sidewall design integrates the air vent so that before-flight security checks go more quickly for maintenance staff.
The new design offers larger, pivoting overhead stowage bins that add to the openness of the cabin. The bins give more passengers room to store a carry-on roll-aboard near their own seat, adding both extra convenience and extra legroom. Boeing redesigned reading-light switches so passengers can find them more easily and avoid accidentally pressing the flight-attendant call button.
Speakers are integrated into each row’s passenger-service unit to improve sound and clarity of public address operations, while the new integrated air vent and improved noise-dampening materials reduce overall cabin noise.