Lufthansa Technik and List Components & Furniture have founded a joint-venture company, Inairvation, that combines the experience of Lufthansa Technik with private aircraft cabin conversions and manufacture of in-flight entertainment electronics with the expertise of List as a manufacturer of high-end cabin interiors for private and corporate jets, luxury yachts, cruise liners and private residences. Each of the companies holds a 50-percent stake in the Edlitz-Thomasberg, Austria-based company. ,
Flight Display Systems (Booth 700), based in Alpharetta, Ga., is showcasing six new products at the AEA gathering this year. Smart Cabin CMS combines control of cabin management, in-flight entertainment and wireless connectivity, allowing passengers to use their own personal electronic device to control HD video equipment, cabin lighting, audio and more.
Flight Display Systems (Booth No. 5912) has focused its booth to show off its Smart Cabin cabin management, in-flight entertainment and wireless system for helicopters.
Making its first standalone appearance at an international airshow here in Singapore, software giant Microsoft (Booth E63) will promote a variety of software and hardware solutions for airline passengers, staff and pilots.
“The key for us and the reason why we’re engaging at the airshow is because we’ve been doing a lot of work over the past few years in the airline space and we see airlines as a tremendous opportunity for Microsoft,” said Matthew Muta, the company’s global managing director for hospitality and travel.
Thales (Stand 845) is demonstrating a futuristic in-flight entertainment (IFE) system using eye-tracking and gesture controls here at Dubai 2013. It could enter into service in two to three years from now in business and first classes, according to Christopher Mondragon, product design senior manager.
Rockwell Collins (Stand 2659) announced at the Dubai Airshow several contracts with Middle Eastern airlines and business aircraft operators for avionics, in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems and flight support services. Other agreements, with air forces and aircraft manufacturers, have been disclosed, too.
Thales is exhibiting a wide range of products for in-flight entertainment (IFE), air traffic management (ATM) and defense systems here at Dubai Airshow 2013 (on Stand B13).
In the air defense marketplace, showgoers can see the Thales Rapid range of integrated weapon systems (from sensors to fire), the LMM and StarStreak armored vehicle platform missiles and the 3D Ground Master radar family. The ThalesRaytheonSystems partnership has delivered more than 300 air defense radars to 26 countries, according to Thales.
France-based cabin equipment manufacturer PGA Electronic is being taken over by Astronics, a U.S. firm that specializes in lighting, electric power and automated test systems, the two companies announced earlier this month. While PGA’s annual revenues are close to $44 million, Astronics is acquiring the company for $28.5 million. The deal is expected to be closed by year-end. PGA, which employs 190, offers products such as reading lights, cabin management systems and screens for in-flight entertainment.
Amac recently completed its second BBJ 777-300ER for a private customer in the Middle East. The work consisted of a full maintenance C-check and interior modifications such as a newly integrated master bedroom, master en suite and majlis (private seating area).
Buoyed by strong demand for its forward-fit systems from OEM customers, aircraft lighting and electrical systems provider Emteq (Booth No. C7012) has weathered the global economic downturn better than many. In the past two years alone, the New Berlin, Wis.-based company has opened a new production facility in Montana, expanded its existing offices in Montreal and Brazil to be closer to its OEM clients, and established a European customer-service base in Switzerland.
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