Boeing gives us a breathtaking look at the future of cabin environments, moving beyond mood lighting to high-definition animations that bring the cabin to life.

Endless options for blue skies or starry nights, projected on ceilings, paired with natural landscapes or animated travel information on cabin walls and monuments, will revolutionise tomorrow’s cabin interior design.

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“These ceiling projections could be scenes found in nature or helpful information for passengers projected on the walls and bulkheads,” says Mike Sinnett, Commercial Airplanes vice president of Product Development.

“Airlines could use these lighting enhancements on the walls and bulkheads to display information about the destination or to project scenes that get passengers thinking about where they’re going. The possibilities are endless about how this technology could be used.”

Trip the Light Fantastic

Programmable lighting–as introduced on the Boeing Dreamliner and more recently on the Airbus A350–has already proven a versatile tool for brand differentiation onboard, allowing airlines great creative freedom.

By introducing animation which allows natural designs, flight details, and destination information projected on monuments, as well as decorative animations, Boeing lets airlines give their passengers something new to enjoy onboard on every flight.

Because these projections can so dramatically change the aircraft cabin’s appearance, airlines can use out-of-catalogue surfaces.

This would make the aircraft interior more interesting and far less confining for passengers, without added weight or complicated certification processes.

This evolution from variable lighting programs to custom programmable animated projections is the type of zero-footprint cabin decor aviation needs to surprise and delight its customers.

With this blue-sky vision, Boeing sets new standards of modernity for the in-flight experience.

“Airlines are looking to us to provide these kinds of innovations. That’s why we’re constantly looking at tomorrow’s technology today,” says Sinnett.

We should expect this technology to advance dramatically over the next few years, delivering on Boeing’s promise of animated flight environments in the very near future.



Marisa Garcia

After working for sixteen years in aviation, specializing in aircraft interiors design and aviation safety equipment, and getting hands-on with aircraft cabins in hangars around the world, Marisa Garcia turned her expertise into industry insight. She has been reporting on aviation matters since 2014. Every day, she's putting words to work.

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