The Maverick Project: The Business Jet Cabin Of The Future?

When a four-decade-old aviation firm like Rosen Aviation brings a cabin concept to market, you know it’s going…

The Maverick Project: The Business Jet Cabin Of The Future?

When a four-decade-old aviation firm like Rosen Aviation brings a cabin concept to market, you know it’s going to be something pretty special. While Rosen is best known for its groundbreaking large-format OLED displays, Rosen wants to further disrupt the cabin industry with its technology-heavy concept. More intuitive, more immersive and ridiculously beautiful, here’s the Maverick concept in all its glory.

The Maverick cabin embraces technology in many new ways. Photo: Rosen Aviation

Technology first

Developed by Rosen Aviation, the Maverick Project is a concept that puts technology at the forefront of its design. Shortlisted for a Crystal Cabin Award this year, the developers of the concept note that,

“Rosen aims to shift the travel paradigm by creating a cabin so rich in technology it completely redefines the passenger experience.”

The concept utilizes the latest in sensor technology to create a cabin that feels like something out of a science fiction movie. Familiar high-end touches like wireless charging and touchscreen control surfaces are accompanied by less common components, such as the huge OLED displays and ‘virtual’ buttons.

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Seat controls are integrated into smart surfaces in the armrest. Photo: Rosen Aviation

These buttons, known as ‘smart sensors,’ were developed by Rosen Aviation themselves. Rather than bulky, old-fashioned mechanical switches, the Maverick cabin uses integrated surfaces with backlit control indicators. Working through microperforated substrates, the controls are proximity activated and provide haptic feedback to the user.

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Holographic keyboards and menus are all in the works. Photo: Rosen Aviation

Taking things a step further, Rosen is also developing fully holographic keyboards for working in the cabin. Menus will also be holographic, minimizing touchpoints and reducing the potential for contamination of surfaces. The company has further talked of the integration of AI into the sensors, so that these smart surfaces can begin to predict a user’s intention.

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Maverick cabin
Large virtual windows and skylights, coupled with the olive wood veneer, give the cabin a light, modern ambiance. Photo: Rosen Aviation

No windows

The cabin is essentially windowless, which has the potential to make for a somewhat claustrophobic experience. However, Rosen overcomes this with the use of OLED displays to create virtual windows instead. These displays can show a real-time image of the outside world, or can be used for business presentations, flight information, or even inflight entertainment.

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The large OLED screens are lightweight and versatile. Photo: Rosen Aviation

Speaking to Simple Flying earlier this year, Rosen’s SVP Strategy, Lee Clark, and VP Product Engineering, Darrell Finneman, noted the benefits that OLEDs bring, saying,

“Of the many advantages offered by OLEDs, two main highlights that open up endless opportunities are transparency and flexibility. With these new features, virtual windows and skylights are made possible in a number of different form factors, whether it be a flexible display tied to outside cameras, or a transparent display providing key flight information juxtaposed to traditional windows.”

The executives also noted the potential for augmented reality to be integrated into these alternative windows. Things like a star map, pointing out the nighttime constellations as they pass by the window, or an interactive feed displaying interesting features on the ground below – it’s a moving map concept like no other that has gone before.

Maverick cabin
Individual screens pivot out from the seats. Photo: Rosen Aviation

As well as the large displays on the cabin walls, the Maverick features personal pivoting seat displays, so that every passenger can enjoy their choice of entertainment onboard.

Was earmarked for the AS2

In February, supersonic aircraft company Aerion announced that it would be working with Rosen for its cabin management and technology system (CTMS) for the forthcoming business jet AS2. The AS2 was to be the first supersonic business jet the world has ever seen, and with Rosen’s blue sky thinking behind it, we were looking forward to some delightful touches in the cabin.

AS2 Plane
The AS2 may never become a reality now. Photo: Aerion Supersonic

But with Aerion now largely shut down, the future of this collaboration is in doubt. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean it’s the end of the Maverick concept. Rosen’s executives previously outlined their goals for the future, saying,

“Our plans going forward are to continue development of the many technologies demonstrated in The Maverick cabin. That is what made Maverick so exciting. It was not merely CGI smoke and mirrors, but represented actual Rosen development projects. Seeing the video is one thing, getting to see and feel working proof-of-concepts takes the experience to a whole new level.”

The concepts that Rosen has woven into the Maverick cabin are certainly some food for thought. Many of the touchless, technology-led elements are even more relevant in our current, hygiene-focused environment. Perhaps this is indeed the future of business jet cabins.

The Maverick cabin concept has been shortlisted for 2021’s Crystal Cabin Awards. Winners will be announced at the virtual Aircraft Interiors Expo (14 – 16 September 2021).

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What Happened To Air New Zealand’s Boeing 747-400s?

Owing to its distant location, long-haul planes are crucial to New Zealand’s aviation sector. Presently, the country’s flag…

What Happened To Air New Zealand’s Boeing 747-400s?

Owing to its distant location, long-haul planes are crucial to New Zealand’s aviation sector. Presently, the country’s flag carrier airline, Air New Zealand, operates aircraft from Boeing’s 777 and 787 ‘Dreamliner’ families for this purpose. However, a little further back in time, the Boeing 747-400 was also key in connecting the country to regions such as North America and Europe. Let’s look at Air New Zealand’s relationship with the 747-400.

Air New Zealand flew eight Boeing 747-400s between 1989 and 2014. Photo: Getty Images

The first arrival

According to data from ch-aviation.com, Air New Zealand operated a total of eight 747-400s. The -400 was the most popular variant of Boeing’s ‘Queen of the skies,’ and was one of two 747 variants launched in the 1980s. Airlines preferred it to the -300 as its glass cockpit only required two crew members. It also boasted winglets and an increased range.

The first 747-400 to join Air New Zealand arrived in December 1989. It bore the registration ZK-NBS, and the name Bay of Islands. While this was Air New Zealand’s first 747-400, it also operated seven examples of the older -200, according to Planespotters.net. These were present at the airline from 1981 to 2000, and five went on to fly for Virgin Atlantic.

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The -400 was actually the second 747 variant that Air New Zealand operated. Photo: Getty Images

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The rest of the 1990s

1989 marked the start of what would become a 25-year relationship between Air New Zealand and the Boeing 747-400. The remaining seven examples of the aircraft that the carrier operated arrived throughout the 1990s, in the following years.

  • 1990 – ZK-NBT Kaikoura.
  • 1992 – ZB-NKU Rotorua.
  • 1994 – ZB-SUH Dunedin.
  • 1995 – ZK-SUI Queenstown.
  • 1998 – ZK-SUJ Auckland and ZK-NBV Christchurch.
  • 1999 – ZK-NBW Wellington.
Varig Boeing 747-400
Air New Zealand picked up two second-hand 747-400s from Brazil’s Varig. Photo: Torsten Maiwald via Wikimedia Commons

Of the eight aircraft, Air New Zealand received six of them brand-new from the factory. It picked up the other two second hand from Brazilian carrier Varig (ZK-SUH and ZK-SUI). That being said, although the planes were second-hand, they came to Air New Zealand aged just three-and-a-half and two years old respectively. Now let’s examine their fates.

21st-century retirements

The Boeing 747-400 became an iconic aircraft at Air New Zealand, operating flagship routes such as Auckland-Los Angeles-London Heathrow. However, after the turn of the century, the airline’s eight 747-400s slowly but surely began to leave the carrier. The iconic planes departed across a five-year spell that spanned from 2009 to 2014.

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Air New Zealand’s 747-400s wore several liveries during their tenure. Photo: Dean Morley via Flickr

Sadly, four of the eight aircraft were scrapped after leaving the airline, in Roswell, Victorville (one each), and Goodyear (two aircraft). However, the other four went on to live more varied lives after their time at Air New Zealand. For example, ZK-SUI flew for Air Atlanta Icelandic and Saudi Arabian Airlines before being scrapped in Goodyear in 2015.

Meanwhile, ZK-SUJ also joined Air Atlanta Icelandic, and now flies cargo for Magma Aviation following a conversion in 2011. ZK-NBW was the subject of a similar conversion in 2012, and is now in storage, having previously flown for Asiana Airlines. Most interestingly, ZK-NBV has been the subject of a preservation attempt by enthusiasts wanting to turn it into a hotel. After Air New Zealand, it has flown for Wamos Air, Saudi Arabian, and Garuda.

Do you miss seeing the Boeing 747 in Air New Zealand’s livery? What are your memories of flying on the ‘Queen of the skies’ with the airline? Let us know your thoughts and experiences in the comments.

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