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At its Aircraft Interiors Expo 2006 exhibition in Hamburg next month, Airbus plans to release a mock-up of an interior designed by BMW for its new A350 twinjet. The decision to employ BMW to "help" design the cockpit takes a swipe at the Airbus twinjet's direct competitor, Boeing's 787 twinjet. We're not sure exactly how much input BMW had, but Airbus isn't giving up all of the credit for sure.

The new design is something out of Star Trek's Ten Forward Lounge -- new lighting schemes; futuristic, ergonomically-designed seating; star-strewn aisles; larger-capacity overhead bins, and even the ability to project images like a cloudy sky onto the ceiling, are all part of the package.

More photos courtesy of Airbus after the jump.

[Source: Flightglobal.com]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      Heaven forbid if they put i-Drive in the cockPit!! That would be one wild ride...
      • 9 Years Ago
      So does this mean the lavatories will be roomier so we won't have to play origami before I bang her?
      • 9 Years Ago
      New planes could not arrive quicker. These 70s and 80s era planes we all fly on are too loud, too cramped, and too old. Give me internet access and a quieter cabin (from the loud drone of the air/engines). That's all I want.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Well, I'm getting ready to take off for Amsterdam on Saturday, wish me luck!!! I sure wish I was in this and not a Detla 767-300
      • 9 Years Ago
      Why can't we just travel like they did in the "5th Element", you get in your cube, sleep till you reach your destination, call it a day... All that other stuff is just a waste of space...
      • 9 Years Ago
      Do the pilots get i-Drive?
      • 9 Years Ago
      I would have thought that after the 7 series, no one would be asking BMW to design the inside of anything for a long time.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I hate people who's (whose?) carry-on is larger than my check-in luggage.
      Fat people and kids suck too.
      • 9 Years Ago
      How about just walking through the Stargate, or beam me up Scotty.

      Just think, get in wooosh, you're there for that nice dinner, sunset, wherever you want, a little sight seeing and then back home.

      It is pretty cool though

      • 9 Years Ago
      First off, major airlines couldn't afford this and if they can, their customers can't. At least for those of us that travel in cattle class.

      I concur with Corey, drug us up, put us to sleep, put is in a coffin and wake us up when we get there. This covers the security issues.

      Ryan, it could be worse. We could still be traveling by boat...sail boat.