This New Business Class Suite Concept Features a Bonkers 45-Inch Curved Screen

Collins Aerospace and Panasonic Avionics are bringing the cinema to the skies.

The two aviation companies have teamed up to design a next-generation business-class suite with a giant screen that enables cinematic viewing at high altitudes. The Maya concept, which was unveiled at the 2024 Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany on Monday, combines the latest and greatest technologies with innovative design to elevate the in-flight experience.

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The suite seamlessly syncs to passenger electronic devices through the Adapt controller, enabling fliers to easily control the tech-rich environment without learning a whole new interface. “Unprecedented customization and user control provides uniquely personal in-flight experiences—bridging historical gaps in accessibility, enabling multi-dimensional comfort, and facilitating immersive in-flight entertainment,” Collins Aerospace president Ed Dryden said in a statement.

Maya Business Class Suite
The Astrova Curve screen measures 45 inches.

The centerpiece is, of course, the Astrova Curve screen. The 45-inch, ultra-wide, ultra-high-definition OLED display is three times larger than typical plane screens, according to the design team. Seatback screens typically range from nine to 19 inches, with the 32-inch display in Emirates First Class the largest currently available on any aircraft. The Astrova Curve is also the first CinemaScope (21:9) display in the sky, meaning passengers get the feel of a movie theater at 31,000 feet. The suite could be even better than visiting your local AMC, though. “Based on seat geometry and viewing angles, MAYA delivers a 50 percent more immersive viewing experience than sitting in a theater,” adds Panasonic Avionics CEO Ken Sain. To top it off, the display is complimented by a headphone-less audio system designed to enhance auditory experiences.

Maya Business Class Suite
The seat itself is said to provide exceptional ergonomics.

The seat itself is said to provide exceptional ergonomics, with an advanced seating architecture and integrated ARISE comfort technology that automatically optimizes cushion pressure, regulates temperature, and reduces peak vibration during flight. Focused on sustainability, Maya will be replete with recycled, reusable, and plant-based materials. The suite will also showcase STARLight composite structures that reduce production waste and improve product circularity.

The rollout of Maya will depend on airline interest but could happen relatively quickly given Collins Aerospace is one of the largest airplane seat manufacturers. Fingers crossed the airlines

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