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Hainan Airlines Launches 787-9 Dreamliner Concept with “Dream Feather” Interiors

Hainan Airlines rolls out a new Super Economy Class, and upgrades the brand's visual design

Hainan Airlines’new 787-9 Dreamliner with “Dream Feather” interiors was delivered to the airline’s hangars at Haikou Meilan International Airport this week, marking a statement for airline brand’s visual design.

Hainan partnered with renowned UK-based design firm PriestmanGoode to create the “Dream Feather” concept of a light and elegant cabin environment.

The British firm completed the project in under two years, upgrading the airline’s “look” across the board, including the cabin setting, air-to-ground service supplies and service logos. The “Dream Feather” concept is based on the idea that, in a dream, a feather is often presented as something floating in the air or a “feather in flight.” The minimalist feather pattern has been applied in various spaces where the airline’s branding appears, including on the wallpaper, the curtains, the seat and the floor of the aircraft, creating a unique brand identity that will be easily remembered by passengers.

Keeping the “Dream Feather” motif, the design has allowed for a Super Economy Class for the airline, adding a third class to the already existing two. The model now has a total of 294 seats, 26 business class seats, 21 super economy class seats and 247 economy class seats.

Business class, with “Champagne gold” as the dominant tone, has adopted the mainstream 1-2-1 reverse fishbone layout. The airline chose Super Diamond seats from high-end seat manufacturer Rockwell Collins, with spacing between the seat in front upgraded to 46 inches, the ideal distance between reverse herringbone seat. The spaciousness of the area allocated to the passenger, including five places for storage coupled with the golden yarn flickering under the light in the gentle atmosphere, highlight the noble luxury quality.

The new Super Economy class, with the light and fashionable “Silver grey” as the dominant tone, is equipped with the award-winning Rockwell Collins MIQ seats and comes appointed with four-way head restraints, seat backs that recline up to seven inches, an iPad bracket as well as individual power plug and USB charging port.

Economy class, with the “Burgundy red” as the dominant tone, is equipped with the popular Recaro CL3710 seat, patented seven-way adjustable head restraints, an ergonomic waist support cushion and a uniquely designed and positioned book and newspaper holder that adds more than one inch of leg room to create a more comfortable travelling experience. The cabin deploys situational lighting, inspired by the natural colors of a river and the sun and moon, delivering a naturally alternating balance between light and shadow.

The all new cabin is equipped with “Hai Studio” hardware and the latest Panasonic EX3 entertainment system, while business, super economy and economy classes respectively feature 18-inch, 13-inch, and 12-inch 1080P HD screens. The entertainment system interfaces with all media options, while a “recommended” tag and a “score” informs the passenger as to the popularity of each selection. A new wake-up service comes with multiple options that include choices to set a wake-up call for meals and aircraft landing. The system integrates a tutorial function to help the traveler navigate all the available features.

Hainan’s VIP Check-in areas were also designed with the “Dream Feather” image to present a consistent visual effect from the moment the passenger steps into the check-in area to the moment he or she disembarks from the plane. The newly designed premium VIP check-in areas are currently operating in Beijing and Xi’an.

Hainan Airlines’ new 787-9 Dreamliner with “Dream Feather” interiors is scheduled to serve routes from Beijing to Haikou, Sanya, Chengdu, Changsha, Guiyang, Fuzhou, Xiamen and other domestic cities as well as international routes between Beijing and destinations in North America.