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Why plane seats are generally blue

Why plane seats are generally blue

Blue is associated with the positive qualities of trust, efficiency, serenity, coolness, reflection, and calm.

The aim is to create a home-like relaxing feel, so airlines tend to use muted colors that feel domestic, natural, and earthy for that reason.


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The science behind plane lighting

There is a science behind getting the right lighting on board, looking at the mix of colors used on board and how the light will reflect off the thread of the fabric.

Once all of the fabrics, textiles, and finishes have been chosen, several color workshops are held on aircraft interior mock-ups to trial the settings across a range of different lighting scenarios, from boarding and when meals are served, to the sleeping hours.


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Noise-canceling walls

New technology has revealed ways that aircraft noise could be reduced.

Insulating the plane fuselage with a thin membrane can reduce the relentless hum of plane engines and make flying less noisy.


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The importance of fabric

  • Fabrics are chosen for their hard-wearing qualities and airlines tend to go with darker fabrics for maintenance reasons.
  • Dark-colored seats mask dirt and appear cleaner and longer-lasting than pale hues.
  • Patterned fabrics are favored over plain ones for seat covers to mask wear and tear over the years.


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There's plenty of unused space

  • Large areas on wide-body aircraft that are not used in the lower level have not been converted into seating areas because of the low height and lack of windows.
  • All seats need to be certified by aviation authorities, which differs depending on the route it's traveling.
  • All seats are required to withstand a 16g dynamic force.


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