Organizers of the annual Aircraft Interiors Expo are gearing up for this year’s show in Hamburg, Germany, from March 27 to 29. They already have a roster of more than 500 exhibitors–aircraft manufacturers, cabin completion centers, vendors and suppliers. While the primary focus is on airline interiors, numerous companies exhibiting are equally well known in the business-aviation interiors industry, and the new technology introduced is frequently applicable as well to business and private jet cabins.
FOCUS on…COMPLETIONS When it comes to executive helicopters, it’s what’s inside that counts. Inside the cabin that is. And these days, the interior amenities in an executive helicopter go well beyond leather seats and plush carpet.
At Heli-Expo 2012, Mecaer Aviation Group (Booth No. 5924) garnered considerable attention with a mockup of a new AW169 interior that highlights passenger comfort, noise reduction and “a state-of-the-art, in-flight entertainment system.”
RAS Completions has expanded its niche with the opening of RAS Interior. The expansion includes new workshops and design offices.
Among the more recent projects was the full interior refurbishment of a Citation that included new carpets, refurbished seat upholstery, new sheepskin crew-seat covers and some refurbishment of the interior cabin shell. The aircraft also got new exterior paint.
The Aircraft Interiors and Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Exhibition Middle East is scheduled to open January 31 at the Dubai Airport Expo. Event organizers, F&E Aerospace and Aviation Week, are expecting more than 2,500 visitors.
ExecuJet Middle East has sent a letter of intent to enter into a service agreement with Gal Mena, a joint venture formed between Gal Aviation, a member of the Gal Group of companies in Canada, and Mena Aerospace Enterprises of the Kingdom of Bahrain. ExecuJet Middle East is expanding offerings by joining forces with Gal Mena to deliver all-inclusive cabin interior service.
Having Lufthansa Technik show up at an aviation trade show is a bit like having Santa Claus show up at the company party with a bag of toys, and this year’s Ebace was no exception.
Singapore Technologies Aerospace (Chalet D50) announced here the high-end VIP outfitting of a DC-8 former airliner for an unidentified Middle East customer. ST Aerospace’s in-house design and engineering department handled the redesign, reconfiguration and relocation of seats, galleys and lavatories in the cabin, while the company’s U.S.
Lufthansa Technik and Panasonic Avionics formed a 50-50 joint venture in executive/VIP cabin electronics, and the new company–IDair–made its trade-show debut last month at Ebace. The backbone of the IDair system is a combination of the Panasonic eX2 with components from Lufthansa Technik’s networked, integrated cabin equipment (Nice) system.
Lufthansa Technik and Panasonic Avionics have formed a 50-50 joint venture in executive/VIP cabin electronics, and the new stand-alone company–IDair (Innovation Design for the Air)–is making its trade show debut at EBACE 2011 (Stand 167).
“It’s our big bang,” said IDair CEO Andrew Muirhead, IDair, of the EBACE introduction. “The independent company was founded in April and we are now open for business.”
Lufthansa Technik (Stand 443) can be counted on for something that expands the cabin envelope, so to speak. This time it’s a Recline Excite 700iSP ergometer (exercise bicycle) from Technogym, modified for in-flight use on aircraft.