Aircraft Interiors Expo 2019 – What you might had missed
More Pleasure, More Business
In this divided trip report
Part Two Onto Business
- Part One – The Pleasure
- Part Two – The Business
- British Airways Galleries South Lounge
- BA962 London Heathrow to Hamburg – Club Europe
- IBIS Budget St Pauli
- Crystal Cabin Awards Roundup
- Aircraft Interiors Expo – What you might have missed
- Back to Hamburg Airport, Hamburg Airport Lounge
- BA967 Hamburg Airport to London Heathrow – Club Europe
- Not going home in a hurry
- Compensation Fun, Games and Paperwork
- Life is in many parts
Aircraft Interiors Expo this year was had the usual amount of announcements, new products, and innovations I’ve come to expect from this show.
But there was one thing that some people might not have noticed – and that was how open some booths were this year.
In previous years, walled gardens and fortresses were very much the in thing, with companies protecting their precious products from anyone’s eyes (unless you had an appointment). I’m happy to say that things have opened up a lot more – with most of the booths showing off their actual wares as opposed to hiding them away.
Well.. most of them. There were plenty of fortresses hiding around the show – but it’s good to see companies opening up to catch the casual eye.
Speaking of coverage, here’s a lot of what I covered, both during and after the show. As usual, I’ll be going by Alphabetical Order.
- Acro launches Series 6LC seat
- The Acro Series 6LC – Giving good options for the short-haul market
- Eithad new short-medium economy seat – Examining the Acro Series 6
- Airbus and American Airlines Launch the Airspace XL Overhead bin
- Airbus’s Skywise Platform – Bringing IoT into the cabin and to the plane
- SkyWise by Airbus – An answer to ensuring safety critical equipment is in place before flight?
- The Airbus underbelly passenger modules – More promise, but where are the orders?
Recaro Aircraft Seating
- AIX19: Recaro Launch the SL3710 Seat
- Examining the Recaro CL6710 Next Generation – refining their Business Class Seat
- Air Premia signs for Recaro seating in their upcoming 787
- Recaro score their first win for the SL3710 with TAP Portugal
- Recaro Aircraft Seating and Jetlite to develop Human Centric Lighting… for the seat
Paperclip Design (with TAPIS)
- The many shades (and flexiblity) of the Stelia Aerospace Opal
- Stella Aerospace’s Elysium – redefining Equinox 2D
- Stelia Aerospace Celeste – advancing onwards
Now there’s a fair bit I didn’t cover – mainly due to time, but here’s a quick few things I saw and ran past. So, in images, bullet points and smoke signals
Pitch Aircraft Seating PF3000 becomes a line-fit option on the Antonov 148/158 family.
Williams Engineering came out with a concept for their Premium Economy Seat
ZIM Launched a new seat.. without a name.
As well as the many different wins from the Crystal Cabin Award, Collins Aerospace showed off some of its Network Operations Centre options in terms of network connectivity.
Boeing showed off a re-fit option with Lift by Encore Seating.
Airbus showed off its A220 demonstrator.
Geven Seating showed off their version of the cozycouch/economy sleeper seat (as flying on Joon/Air France)
Astronics Corporation showed of a variety of in-cabin systems, but the array of USB outlets is a wonderful thing to see.
Vision Systems showed how they could make bulkhead partitions “Smart”
Style & Design introduced its Moments concept significantly extends the seating space in Business Class, offering a range of sofa-like positions for sitting, lying and tuning, without costing the airline in terms of precious space.
As usual, some of the things we see at these shows are concepts, some turn into real life products and some we’ll see in the cabin sooner rather than later.
And the innovation is what keeps me interested in the industry
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