MEA receives new A321neo with new interiors and livery
MEA doesn’t typically function on TheDesignAir, because it has slipped below the radar for some time with its older fleet and less-than-design method to aviation. Nevertheless it appears the airline has turned a nook and is that includes firmly on our radar now. Whereas not as ‘bells and whistles’ as many different Center Japanese carriers, it has actually grown up with the primary of its ten A321neos that includes a modernised livery and good inside dropped at life by Beirut based mostly Joe Farah Design Studio.
The livery is contemporary, and higher balanced, with the blue colored swash elongating and ‘weighting’ the aircraft, making a dynamic fluid picture. The usage of pink inexperienced and blue, being the core additive color mannequin of sunshine is a troublesome palette to grasp. In spite of everything, these primary colors replicate a toddler like high quality, and by some means remind me of a Sony Triniton Anode TV brand from my childhood.
Nevertheless the matured use and dulling of the inexperienced Cedar tree brand mature the design and each the sharklets and raccoon masks on the cockpit full the design with wanted design particulars to steadiness the entrance half of the plane which is principally white. We like the very fact the Cedar tree has been each simplified and made summary on the tail by simply that includes a part of it. It has a greater visible steadiness for the livery, though attention-grabbing to see the MEA brand nonetheless options the extra detailed tree displaying the airline isn’t rebranding completely, as a substitute it has opted to purely replicate the Lebanese flag element on the tail.
Whereas the surface is vibrant and daring, the inside couldn’t be extra completely different. Delivered to life by working with studio Joe Farah, well-known Lebanese Inside designer, the airline has a sensible, skilled cabin which is designed to imply enterprise.
And ‘enterprise’ is the operative phrase with a minimum of seven rows of Recaro CL5710 seats in a 2 x 2 configuration on the A321 which implies that 28 enterprise class seats within the entrance, just about extending all the way in which to the over-wing exits (bar two rows of financial system seats).
The enterprise class seats function a slate gray easy textured cloth, which work along with the carpet textures and clean gray leather-based headrests embossed with the MEA brand. The seat controls are properly designed, clear and match the final design of the cabin, nonetheless these seats do function the IFE controller proper subsequent to the knee, which we’ve knocked a number of instances prior to now making for watching IFE a bit tougher.
Nevertheless, that stated, we do discover these seats extremely comfy because of the deep padding they provide.
In financial system, like many airways, the airline and design studio have opted for a complimentary design palette, albeit with differing textures and patterns.
In financial system, the seats supply a deeper, extra advanced weave sample which permits for higher put on and tear whereas nonetheless providing a sensible, subtle cabin idea.
On the reverse of the seat, there’s a massive TV display screen permitting for touchscreen leisure in addition to a bi-fold desk, widespread to the Recaro CL3710.
Total, this cabin product, whereas sadly missing a number of the color and vibrance of its ornate cultural roots, actually positions the service as an internationally acceptable cabin product.
Hopefully this new cabin design and method will lend itself to the brand new A330-900 neos that have been (and perhaps nonetheless are) scheduled to hitch the service subsequent yr. Though we hope the 4 A321 XLR’s that can function a greater flat-bed enterprise class product for these longer-haul single aisle routes that the plane is designed to fly.