In-flight catering provider Air Culinaire Worldwide opened an owned-and-operated kitchen in Miami, just three miles from Miami International Airport. The new kitchen becomes the third Air Culinaire Worldwide kitchen in Florida and brings the total number of owned-and-operated kitchens in the company’s network to 19. “Our new kitchen will provide fresh, regional cuisine and familiar favorites to clients operating to Miami for major events or operating to and from the U.S.
The joint venture between Tata Advanced Systems and Sikorsky has delivered its first fully indigenous S-92 cabin. The Indian operation is now not only assembling cabins but also producing more than 5,000 associated precision components. At the Hyderabad factory, the capacity has reached four S-92 cabins per month and the 50th was produced in October.
Montreal-based corporate aircraft service provider Execaire (Booth No. N915) announced here at NBAA 2013 the completion of a VIP lounge at its flagship facility at Toronto’s Lester Pearson International Airport (CYYZ).
Jet Aviation Basel refurbished its maintenance customer lounge, expanding it to more than twice its original size. The 1,700-sq-ft space features the new corporate look and feel the company introduced at its Geneva FBO earlier this year. The lounge now offers a meeting room, kitchen, business center, reception area and dedicated customer service coordinator.
Aviation Fabricators is offering an STC on its aft toilet seat kit for the King Air 200 series. It allows for the seat to be occupied during takeoff and landing, adding cabin space while retaining a functioning lavatory. “This can be beneficial for special-mission aircraft that need more equipment or seating in the aircraft and still require a lavatory on board or for operators who prefer to move the toilet out of the cabin area for increased privacy,” says AvFab’s G.R. Lowe.
The Airbus Corporate Jet Center (ACJC), the European consortium’s bizliner completion center in Toulouse, France, is here at EBACE (Booth 7040) presenting a new cabin concept. Engineers at the facility have also found ways to cut weight from its cabin interiors.
Pilots and flight attendants can now learn how to deal with fire and smoke in aircraft using a new training rig installed by TAG Global Training at the group’s London-area Farnborough Airport. The device represents a business jet cabin, including galley and lavatory, and can start controlled fires in a seat, the in-flight entertainment unit, the toilet or the microwave oven. The automated system, with pre-set training options, can also fill the cabin with realistic-looking smoke.
Greenpoint Technologies has signed a memorandum of understanding with Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering of Beijing (Ameco Beijing) for a cooperative venture in completion of commercial and executive aircraft cabins.
The agreement, still to be finalized, will support business jet completion and refurbishment “in greater China and the Asia-Pacific region.” It will include collaborative engineering, certification and installation of single- and twin-aisle executive aircraft modifications.
Goodrich (Stand 539) is offering a service called “Total Cabin Capability,” which includes service and support for its customers. The U.S. company’s newest products on display in cabin interiors include VIP seats, interior and exterior lighting, veneers, cabinetry, in-flight entertainment systems and cabin management systems.
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.
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