Economic pressure on airlines has led Airbus to work with them along with caterers and galley suppliers to develop what it has dubbed space-innovative catering equipment (Spice). The airframer said Spice reduces weight, increases revenue space and improves cabin ergonomics, while also anticipating new food hygiene and recycling requirements.
Austria-based cabin component supplier List here at EBACE revealed the first-ever flexible-stone product for business aircraft cabins. Applications include floors, lavatories and galleys. According to List, the technique of creating flexible stone is relatively simple but requires great precision.
New fractional ownership provider Jet Republic is putting a decidedly European imprint on the interiors and entire cabin layouts of its 110 new Learjet 60XRs, with the blessing of manufacturer Bombardier.
Drawing on the creative expertise of respected aircraft interior designer Jose Luiz Monteiro, Jet Republic said the cabins of its Learjet 60XRs will be crafted by Europeans for Europeans.
At the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2009 in April in Hamburg, Germany, Lufthansa Technik’s (Booth No. 373) NICEview “infotainment” package won first place in the entertainment and communication category of the Crystal Cabin Award competition. Offering passenger flight information and a moving map, the system provides high-resolution 3-D maps and virtual flight views as well as a multitude of information overlays.
With the official opening of the new Cabin Innovation Center for research and development at its Hamburg, Germany headquarters on April 1, Lufthansa Technik has made its position with regard to the future perfectly clear, regardless of the current economic and credit crisis.
Yankee Pacific Aerospace, an aerospace investment company, has merged two of its private aircraft interiors holdings, Executive Aircraft Completions of Tulsa, Okla., and Cabin Innovations of Lewisville, Texas. The merger was concurrent with the official opening of Cabin Innovations’ new 39,630-sq-ft facilities in Lewisville in December.
MAC Aircraft Interior Specialists (formerly McCarthy Interiors) has won a $1.75 million contract to design and build quick-change executive interior kits for two Czech-made PZL W-3A Sokol twin-turbine helicopters destined for use by Poland’s presidential and government fleet.
ExecuJet Aviation Group has opened a new aircraft interiors showroom at its Zurich Airport headquarters. The interiors-dedicated space is located above the company’s FBO and expands ExecuJet’s interiors service, from aircraft acquisition to cabin completion and refurbishment management to delivery.
UK-based executive charter operator Ocean Sky (Stand No. 632) has acquired Dean Aircraft Interiors for an undisclosed sum. It marks a continuation in the rapid expansion of Ocean Sky, which also has offices in Salzburg, Zurich and Moscow, as well as an FBO at Prestwick International Airport
Lufthansa Technik, one of the world’s largest independent centers for single-aisle and widebody bizliner interior completion and refurbishment, has opened a new facility in Basel, Switzerland. Basel is also home to competitor Jet Aviation.
As of October 1, Lufthansa Technik had taken full control of the former Swiss Air facility in Basel, where it expects to maintain and support single-aisle and widebody executive aircraft.