Metropolregion Hamburg

PEREC – person-centred reconfigurable cabin

Cabins and Cabin Systems

Investigating the organisational and technical possibilities for improving travel conditions for the disabled and persons with reduced mobility.

The disabled, and passengers with reduced mobility (PRMs) have the same rights as other citizens – freedom of movement, freedom of choice and freedom from discrimination. This also applies to air travel. They should never be denied the opportunity to travel on the basis of their disability or reduced mobility. In order to ensure that they have the same travel opportunities as other citizens, assistance should be provided to suit their special needs. Trained personnel and special equipment are needed at airports and on board aircraft in order to make this possible. Those affected must receive the help they need without additional cost. Disability arising from age is expressly included in the PRM definition. 

Within the PEREC (person-centred reconfigurable cabin) project, HAW Hamburg is investigating the needs of passengers with special needs along the whole travel chain. Together with the project partner, ids, the University is producing concepts for organisational and technical possibilities at various levels to improve the journey. The aircraft and the cabin are considered an integral component of the travel chain. 


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gordon Konieczny,, +49 [0]40-42875-7930

Dipl.-Des. Thomas-Mathias Bock,, +49 [0]40-42875-7932


Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Technologies


Ids Hamburg

Sponsored by

Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, Aeronautical Research Programme IV-4