On 8 March 2011, airberlin took delivery of the first ever Boeing B737-700 with the new Sky Interior cabin design. The first B737-800 with this comfortable interior had already been delivered on 15 February 2011, making airberlin the only airline offering the new cabin design for both the Boeing 737-700 and Boeing 737-800. In future, all new Boeing next generation aircraft supplied to airberlin will be fitted with the optimized interior.
Joachim Hunold, CEO airberlin, said: "The introduction of the new Sky Interior is part of many comfort initiatives we are introducing throughout the airberlin fleet. This shows that we are placing even greater focus on the needs of business travellers and are making airberlin flights even more attractive. The Boeing Sky Interior is also a taste of things to come for airberlin passengers as the design is based on the interior of the Boeing Dreamliner."
"The features of the new Boeing Sky Interior will provide increased comfort to airberlin passengers both on the 737-800 and on the 737-700," said Marlin Dailey, vice president of Sales & Marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "We are proud that airberlin is the first airline to take delivery and operate the new Boeing Sky Interior on a Next-Generation 737-700 model."
With the Sky Interior, the cabin area has been given a new look and has also been improved in functional terms. The side walls have been redesigned to be less curved and larger window recesses have been introduced to make the cabin look more open and modern.
The luggage compartments have also been redesigned and take up less space in the cabin area. This has been made possible by an integrated pivoting mechanism. The innovative design of the storage compartments provides passengers with a range of benefits. They have more headroom in the aisle area and the new compartments offer greater capacity to stow more hand luggage.
The modern design includes concealed LED lighting, which uses colours to show the cabin in different lights. Airberlin cabin crew can use a touchscreen monitor to select eight different lighting modes including ‘boarding’, ‘take-off’, ‘night’, ‘meal/beverage’ or ‘sunrise’ and ‘sunset’ for the cabin ceiling, thus creating different atmospheres.
The design of the buttons above passengers’ seats has also been optimized. Intuitive positioning of switches should make it easier for passengers to distinguish between the call button and reading light. Brighter and longer-lasting LED lights are also used for this purpose.
Another comfort feature of the new cabin interior is the fact that noise levels are reduced by two to three decibels using noise-dampening materials inside the aircraft and redesigned ventilation grills at the bottom of the cabin side walls.