In the noise that Boeing and Airbus create at airshows, other manufacturers can ge crowded out. British design house Priestmangoode, for instance, have designed a revolutionary new interior with Embraer for the E2 relaunch of the E190 family.
Priestmangoode are the designers of the new herringbone Business Class product that British Airways are to launch in Club World on the new A350 fleet. However at the Farnborough airshow they displayed a mockup of this Embraer narrowbody cabin which has a brand new take on Passenger Service Units and plenty of style hints that wouldn't go amiss on a BMW.
I fail to see what is revolutionary here. Herringbone has been around for donkeys' years.
The Embraers don't use herringbone. What is revolutionary is the way in which a regional jet interior has been designed that breaks some existing design conventions; especially the one that states an RJ
needs to be utilitarian. The two-leg seating unit is also new in the sector.
It's part of the recent evolution of larger RJ
s into what are actually smaller airliners that are taking over the job previously done by the 737-700 and A319. Instead of being just connection planes you travel in to reach a hub, the RJ
has expanded into a small mainline type operating on longer point to point or hub to spoke services and this new take on the interior is how they need to evolve their interior to match.