Cabin designs fit for a prince

DUBAI - The New York-based aviation interior designer, Edese Doret, who is behind the luxury finishes of two Middle Eastern clients' private A380s, is designing concept proposals for Emirates airline's next batch of A380s and A350s.

By Zoe Sinclair

Published: Tue 29 Jul 2008, 10:58 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 6:19 PM

Though Doret is believed to have designed the interior of Saudi Prince Al Waleed bin Talal's private aircraft, he skirted the issue when Khaleej Times spoke to him.

Doret was first asked at the start of the year to retrofit the Boeing 777 fleet and then to work on designs for the A350s and A380s.

"We originally designed these concepts for the 777 and it was just so radical - the open cabin, seamless transition," he said. "I took a new approach to the cabin in general. A passenger can walk from the front to the back and it will be seamless. I looked at the private suite again but with an open cabin and took a new approach to the business class product."

Emirates has a total of 58 A380s on order and has just booked 30 A350s Xtra Wide Body craft.

While Doret said contracts hadn't been signed yet, he would present the completed proposals towards the end of the year.

"They seem incredibly interested. They've asked us to concentrate on the design proposals for the A350s and A380."

Doret said he will borrow aspects of the luxury finishings of private jets, including A380s and the double-decker 747s.

"The first class suite on Emirates is the closest commercial airline to VIP. With the A380 it will probably be a lot of the same things but more on the lounges, to give people somewhere to stretch their legs. And concentrate on the finishing and furnishing," he said.

Doret hasn't skimped on luxury in his designs for private jets, such as the double-decker Boeing 747 and the A380s, but he said it was important to be practical and commercial aircraft had less flexibility for design.

"We have showers on some of our private jets and some of the clients have never used them," he said. "We can't have pool tables because there is a three-degree incline.

"Jacuzzis don't really work. They're too heavy and you have to carry a huge amount of water and then there's turbulence."

But the realm of possibilities is still huge and Doret has even designed a "flying casino" for an American client.

The aircraft now operates in Asia with hi-tech security cameras in case of any dispute, VIP lounges and a massage room.

Doret said no interior was ever the same and with 6,000 square feet to work with, he was sure any future Emirates cabins would come up trumps.

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