ZURI has unveiled the interior concept in its hybrid VTOL aircraft for regional advanced air mobility, reflecting the company’s commitment to sustainability and lowering its environmental impact on air transport.
Since 2017, ZURI, based in the Czech Republic, has been developing its three- to four-seater aircraft which is capable of transporting passengers and cargo distances exceeding 600km. It uses combination of lithium cells and a biofuel-enabled turbine generator, travelling at speeds of between 250-300km/h.
Last month, ZURI started carrying out ground tests of its technology demonstrator and intends to test fly in hover mode next month. As part of its development, the company has released pictures of its interior concept in its Executive and VIP versions, which will be part of a new model line called ZURI 2.0.
The Executive Version has space for four passengers and a pilot, while the VIP has space for three passengers and a pilot. The front seat swivels in both versions to allow direct communication between passengers, while the onboard infotainment system offers full internet access, entertainment and detailed information about the current flight.
ZURI has said the wall and ceiling panels are expected to be made of a composite based on flax3 fibers, upon successful certification of such composites. Flax-based material or similar plant-based materials can create a robust support structure, which is subsequently covered only by a thin surface layer of the visual material.
As a result, such technology can triple the flexural bending stiffness, decrease material use and weight while improving vibration damping.
The use of composite materials based on flax fibers offers up to 70 per cent savings in plastics and approximately 50 per cent savings in parts weight. The upholstery fabrics used on the Executive seats have been selected for overall comfort and aesthetics but also for their environmental impact. 3D-knit material, well-known in the fashion and active footwear industries, which is expected to be used for seats, comprises 100 per cent recycled PET bottles.
The ZURI’s VIP interior concept could also take advantage of synthetic leather instead of animal leather. It is a well-documented fact that animal leather is the most environmentally toxic textile of all. The synthetic leather for upholstery in the VIP version is planned to be made of vegetable fibers combined with PU obtained mainly from recycled material.
Set up company founder Michal Illich, ZURI’s goal is to change the way people experience on-demand, door-to-door mid-range flights, by travelling on your own schedule and without airports.
In an interview with eVTOL Insights earlier this year, Illich suggested ZURI can build an aircraft which can travel further than 700km in the future, using hybrid-powered technology.