This year’s Aircraft Interiors Expo, the completions event held in Hamburg, Germany, for the past five years, opened to record crowds last month, and at the same time marked its last appearance under the United Kingdom International Press (UKIP) banner.
Cabin Interior and Electronics
News and developments about everything that goes into the cabin of an aircraft, from floor coverings to headliners, with a special emphasis on in-flight entertainment, communications and other electronics for passengers. If it is in the cabin of an aircraft, it’s covered here.
Availability of in-flight entertainment (IFE) ranks among the top factors that influence the loyalty of passengers, who have become increasingly aware of their travel “experience.” Even on short- and medium-haul flights, customers have come to expect such conveniences as feature films, communications links and interactive services such as e-commerce or games, Embraer airline market senior product strategy manager Claudio Camelier told attende
Cessna expanded its relationship with Rockwell Collins last month when it announced the avionics maker will provide the digital cabin management system for the new CJ4. Not often seen in the light jet market, the system will include high-definition video and audio. In addition, the Airshow moving map will be offered as well.
Computer-generated virtual cabin concepts for Boeing’s latest large bizliners are appearing with some regularity as the order book for the executive/VIP versions of the company’s 787 and 747-8 grow.
One of the most recent is a 787 interior from BMW Group DesignworksUSA, created for a fictitious Russian client in his mid-30s–a global traveler who would be spending a significant amount of time in the air.
It can take up to two years to outfit a VIP widebody jet. Even the video featuring the Andrew Winch Designs scheme for a Boeing 787 on the Lufthansa Technik (LHT) booth here (No. 1240) took four months to complete. LHT has a widebody slot open in September, but it is already the subject of negotiations and may be taken soon.
An Airbus A319 Corporate Jet (ACJ) will be getting a touch of Italian haute couture when Versace, in collaboration with TAG Aircraft Interiors, designs its first business jet interior for a customer aircraft.
The A318 Elite debut here also serves to showcase the airplane’s first interior by Hamburg, Germany-based interiors specialist Lufthansa Technik (LHT).
A Lufthansa Technik design team led by Alexandra Broekelmann worked closely with Comlux to create a cabin that was functional within standardized parameters, but that also retained the distinctive feel of a more highly personalized and costly private jet cabin.
Amid fanfare and the sweet scent of jet fuel, Zurich-based charter operator and A318 Elite launch customer Comlux arrived in Geneva on Sunday with the first example of the business twinjet. It was the airshow debut of this newest member of the Airbus ACJ family, which also includes the ACJ itself and the A320 Prestige.
The Nordam Group of Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been selected by Cessna Aircraft to provide executive cabinetry for the CJ4, the newest business jet in the Wichita OEM’s Citation stable.
Aircraft interior designer PierreJean Design Studio, which specializes in custom interiors for a wide range of aircraft from helicopters to widebody jetliners, is here at EBACE in Booth No. 1514. The Paris-based company claims its goal is to transform every flight into a pleasurable experience. Catering to the needs of its clients, the studio–headed by Jacques PierreJean–offers seat design, fabric selection, furnishings and accessories.