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A Closer Look At Thompson Aero Seating’s New Project Echo

Thompson announces Project Echo Ahead of Aircraft Interiors Expo

Thompson Aero Seating has built a strong reputation for its luxury seating designs. With its latest design initiative, the company emphasizes the significance of color, materials, and finish (CMF) in seating design.

Inspired by the landscape of Northern Ireland, Project Echo is the latest aircraft interiors design development from Thompson. It is a new project from the CMF team that looks at the company’s surroundings and current industry key trends. It is now showcased in the latest Vantage seating range.

Project Echo was first used to refresh the brand aesthetic of Thompson’s ‘marketing’ seats. Still, all materials are based on ready-for-flight options and grounded in certification reality.  

Using the essence, or echoes, of Thompson’s Northern Irish heritage as a starting point, the CMF team has examined the predicted long-term color trends and added contrast and energy to bring the brand aesthetic to life. 

The landscape of the island of Ireland has influenced Thompson’s CMF team in terms of colors and texture. The team layers tinted darks with pops of brighter colors and highlights to capture the spirit of the land. 

Weaving A Narrative Of Irish Culture In CMF

Vantage Aero Seating CMF Designer Belinda Mason

Belinda Mason, CMF Designer at Thompson Aero Seating, says: “Our aim has been to create a narrative for Thompson that is a reflection of our culture. We have interpreted colors and textures into visuals, using nature and the chemistry of its colours as our influence. The result is a feeling of quiet luxury.” 

Visual Coherence For Vantage Range Of Seats

The Vantage range of seats benefits from visual coherence that makes the products stand together as a brand but gives each their individuality. This further supports the new company brand and logo revealed last year.

As Mason explains: “Our range of seats constantly evolves. Under Project Echo, we have made ourselves the client and created a unified pallet that gives alignment to each seat design, bringing them within the brand range as a whole.”

Aesthetic and brand recognition advantages

Project Echo standardizes materials in its seating range for easier management and cost benefits yet maintains individuality among products through diverse textures and colors.

The aim has been to give a premium feel, with great attention to detail and the use of luxury materials, giving a sense of elegance, sophistication, and quiet luxury.

Introducing Thompson’s seating range within Project Echo:


The redesign has introduced a lighter outer shell with a darker inner core. This, married with shades of natural stone and lighter woods, gives a distinct aura of quality.


An intense dark surround and sumptuous leather inner give the VantageXL a subtle confidence. The enhanced front row, with deep moss greens and velvety suedes, conveys first class.


The enhanced front row of the VantageSOLO uses soft tan leather as a pop of color. The CMF options correlate with the changing offering, defining each seat category.


The VantageDUO cocoons the passenger with a dark fabric wrapping, highlighted with a lighter inner seat and light stone-colored worktops. Premium leathers bring a feel that is as good as the look. 

Thoughtful consideration of cleaning and maintenance

Throughout the design process, Thompson carefully considered cleaning and maintenance. Although light in color, the fabrics are textured and wipe-clean.

Mason concludes: “Alongside the given of world-class design and innovation we are proud to be able to showcase our CMF expertise through Project Echo, offering our customers a neutral starting point from which their own brand can be developed.”

Visit Thompson Aero Seating At AIX To See Project Echo In Person

The Vantage seating range with the new Project Echo designs will launch officially at AIX 2024 in Hamburg.

Thompson Aero Seating will showcase its full Vantage seating range at this year’s event in Hamburg. The range features seats suitable for single- and twin-aisle aircraft in forward-facing and angled configurations.

Thompson’s seats have innovative space utilization and comfort. They feature advanced options like the VantageXL, which offers privacy dividers, full suite doors, or premium front-row suites suitable for two or four passengers, enhancing their relaxation and dining experience.

At the AIX event this year, Thompson will present its new developments in CMF, inspired by Northern Ireland’s landscape and heritage, under Project Echo.

Visit stands 7A02 & 7B04

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About Thompson Aero Seating

Thompson Aero Seating specializes in designing, engineering, and manufacturing premium-class, full-flat bed airline seating. Their custom solutions enhance passenger comfort by maximizing personal space and efficiently utilizing cabin space. As a leading supplier, Thompson serves major airlines like Delta, China Eastern, and Singapore Airlines. Their seats fly on major aircraft platforms, including Airbus A321, A330, A350, and Boeing B737 and B787, with a significant presence in the global market.

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