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Enjoy the story of Belty, the first European seatbelt, as he grows up. He also shares the challenges that Anjou Aeronautique has faced in the seatbelt industry over the years

22 September, 2017


United: Safety is Global

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Icelandair has developed an unusual and immersive IFE experience. No VR headsets are required: instead for its debut, ‘Ahead of Time’, a three-act immersive performance, took place on an 11-hour flight from Heathrow to JFK via Iceland starring real actors and a cast of cabin crew to promote the airline's stopover service

21 September, 2017


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The Transpose modular concept

Could a freighter hold the secret to the next-generation passenger experience? A3, an Airbus outpost in California, believes that with its Transpose concept, it does. Let’s give Transpose a closer look – and a reality check

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Adam Gavine


Learnings from Asiana 214

A major air disaster with low loss of life – 2013's Asiana 214 crash offers lessons in what went right and what went wrong inside the passenger cabin

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Christine Negroni


Thoughts of a crash survivor

While flight 1549 has been dubbed ‘the Miracle on the Hudson’, that no one died was down to the skill and judgment of the crew – crew like Doreen Welsh, who spoke to Marisa Garcia to give her professional, first-hand perspective of an airplane crash

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Take a peek at Pekka

Find out a little more about the new chairman of the Oneworld global airline alliance, Pekka Vauramo. In his other role as CEO of Finnair, he has found that experience and wise spending is better for profits than constant cost cutting

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Marisa Garcia


Silver class

Germany-based aircraft interiors specialist, SII Deutschland has developed the first accessible seating area for senior passengers in economy class

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Regine Fischer


Crystal Cabin Awards 2017

With 85 submissions from 21 countries, competition was tough in the 2017 Crystal Cabin Awards. These are the innovations that an international panel of aircraft interior experts has voted the best ideas for the passenger experience

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Adam Gavine


Supersonic interiors

Supersonic passenger flight is on the brink of a rebirth. Air travel has evolved massively since Concorde’s day, so what will the world’s fastest and most expensive passenger experience bring?

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Adam Gavine


HMI technology advances

Human-machine interface technology is advancing to be more intuitive and to integrate seamlessly into overall cabin concepts in order to to meet the changing demands of aircraft interior design

 

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Terry Moss, Stadium IGT


Cabin lighting innovation

Aircraft Interiors International spends five minutes with STG Aerospace’s director of innovation, Dr Sean O’Kell, to catch up with the company's latest cabin lighting research and development projects

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Airspace by Airbus

The new Airspace by Airbus cabin brand will be introduced in the new A330neo – so what can airlines and passengers expect?

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Anthony James


Interview: Peter Baumgartner, Etihad

Peter Baumgartner is a key figure at the center of Etihad's amazing interiors programs. He explains the airline's massive investment in innovation, why it was appropriate and why it may create a new way of working with airframers

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Adam Gavine


Materials flammability

Anyone who thinks color, material and finish (CMF) work is easy clearly hasn’t undergone an flammability test program. New regulations and challenges in the world of flammability tests are making imaginative textile and leather designs difficult to achieve – but also making them safer to fly

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Marisa Garcia


Crystal Cabin Awards 2016: The winners!

The 2016 Crystal Cabin Awards represent the strongest lineup in the 10 years of the event. Find out more about the magnificent winners and worthy contenders

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Adam Gavine


Changes and opportunities in airline catering

Writer Maryann Simson investigates the dramatic changes and opportunities arising among the leaders in the airline catering business

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How to create a great amenity kit

Whether a few essentials in economy, or designer luxury in first class, passengers have growing expectations of amenity kits. We asked a panel of amenity experts what’s hot, what’s not, what’s essential, and what should be left in the stockroom

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World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo 2016

From headphones to hot chocolate, duvets to dollies, galley carts to gin and tonic, there is a lot to see at World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo 2016. Here are a few products and companies to look out for at the show…

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The Italian job

Peter Knapp, chief creative officer at Landor Associates, explains the thinking behind the new Alitalia livery and branding, and his thoughts on how to create a successful aircraft livery scheme

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Adam Gavine


Healthy eating on board

As the flying public embraces a wider range of healthy eating choices, competition is increasing for airlines to create more nutritional and ethical onboard options

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ZAL TechCenter

The ZAL TechCenter in Hamburg will foster common development to ensure high-quality technology and a short time-to-market for cabins and cabin systems. Maryann Simson takes a closer look at the think-tank on the riverbank

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Q&A: Silvan Fiedler, Diehl Aircabin

Silvan Fiedler, industrial design manager and director of industrial design projects at Diehl Aircabin, explains the thinking behind DIANA, the company's high-tech vision for tomorrow's aircraft cabin

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Turkish Airlines: We must make better economy seats

Ayşegül Durak, chief engineer for cabin interiors at Turkish Airlines, believes long-haul economy seating needs urgent attention. And she has some great ideas for how to improve the long-haul economy passenger experience.

 

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Marisa Garcia


Divide, conquer and unite

Through organic growth and strategic acquisitions, Diehl Aerosystems has increased its global footprint and sales turnover by a factor of five since 2009. Now, under the direction of CEO Rainer von Borstel, the tier one supplier of avionics and cabin integration is on a mission of structural and procedural optimization

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Maryann Simson


Interview: Paperclip Design

While it may still be in the caterpillar stage, James Lee hopes his Paperclip Design studio will metamorphose – thanks to a Butterfly

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Adam Gavine


The British Airways Concorde project

Few aircraft are remembered as fondly as Concorde, even though it was beyond the reach of the vast majority of travelers. The team who worked on BA's 1997 cabin design share their memories of the triumphs and challenges they encountered during this very special project

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Adam Gavine


Skymark A380

Daniel Baron, CEO of LIFT Strategic Design, exclusively shares with Aircraft Interiors International some details and thoughts behind his design for Skymark’s all-premium A380

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Adam Gavine


Virgin Atlantic's Los Angeles Clubhouse

Aircraft Interiors International heads to California to explore Virgin Atlantic's much-needed LA Clubhouse, which combines clever architecture, chic styling and a little of the airline's trademark playfulness

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Adam Gavine


Something different: the Rolls-Royce Serenity

Many designers strive to achieve a similar quality of fit and finish in their aircraft interior finishes to those of the executive cars their premium customers enjoy. The opulent and elegant Serenity interior could give first-class designers a few sleepless nights

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General cabin news from AIX 2015

From trolley inserts to cabin lighting and new stowage ideas, a huge number of inovations were revealed at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2015 in Hamburg

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The dangers of batteries in baggage

The burning hot dilemma of batteries brought on board: how can the aviation industry solve a problem it neither caused nor controls?

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Marisa Garcia


The future of IFE displays

The next generation of IFE displays will offer passengers an array of astonishing blockbuster capabilities

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James Careless


Standards-based systems for IFEC

How open platforms can ease complexity, cost and timeline to onboard wireless

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RJ McLaren, portfolio manager, commercial avionics & military, Kontron America


Aerospace best practice: Clean as you go

From manufacturers to MROs, vacuum capture of composite dust, FOD and particulate at the source is enhancing safety, quality and production

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Jasmine Stanley


The Embraer E-Jet E2

For the E-Jet E2, the second generation of Embraer's E-Jet, the airframer has gone all-out on the cabin design, creating a modular and easily customizable design with several innovations

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Adam Gavine


236 seats in an A321?

TwinAisleFeeders takes a closer look at an A321 NEO fitted with LCC-pitched superslim seats and SpaceFlex lavs, and considers the implications for the passenger experience

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TwinAisleFeeders


Lounge lizards and Daleks, the story of Virgin's Clubhouses

Virgin Atlantic’s Clubhouses are a massive part of the airline’s identity and why customers book with them. But where did they come from and how did Virgin end up with some of the best lounges in the world? It all began a long time ago at Gatwick and continues to this day

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Cabin hygiene: keeping disease at bay

Having hundreds of people crammed into a confined space for long periods can be a recipe for dirt and disease. As concerns about Ebola grip the world, how can bugs and bacteria be banished from the cabin to help ensure healthy travelers?

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Peter Hildebrandt


The 10 strangest cabin baggage items

Some brave and/or crazy passengers have tried to sneak some unusual objects through airport security. Here are 10 of the strangest items that passengers have attempted to take in their hand lugguage

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Jetcost


What do billionaires want?

Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) has commissioned a report by Ledbury Research, a leading specialist agency on high net-worth Individuals, in order to further increase its understanding of billionaires and their lives and lifestyles

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Ledbury Research


A BWB interior that enhances passenger well-being

A team at Delft University of Technology have created their vision of a blended wing body aircraft which enhances passenger wellbeing through offering a variety of destination spaces such as a buffet, a shopping area, and corridors

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Y. Wang, Jie Li & P. Vink, Delft University of Technology


The new value chain ?? Greater efficiency in the aviation industry

A survey launched by Porsche Consulting shows that in order to become more efficient, the aerospace industry must rethink its approach

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Joachim Kirsch, Porsche Consulting GmbH


From design to delivery: The Emirates A380 lounge story

Take a journey back 10 years, when Pierrejean Design Studio and AIM Aviation were given the challenging task of creating the bar and lounge areas for Emirates' A380s

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John Heath, group design and technical director at AIM Aviation


Inspired design guides A350 XWB cabin development

Airbus knew its A350 XWB had to be a revolutionary aircraft, as discussions with wide-body operators revealed many were interested in something completely new. This spurred the company’s decision to develop a striking new cabin interior

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Airbus


Flying higher in stormy weather

The aviation industry is being buffeted by the winds of change. Find out how the new leaders for aviation success are being developed

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Kokkong Chan & Christoph Wahl, Egon Zehnder Int'l


Bag of Tricks

Meet Bag2go, a new intelligent bag concept aimed at revolutionising the way passengers travel

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Helen Norman, editor of Passenger Terminal World


Developing American Airlines' new livery

Kari Blanchard, senior director of strategy at Futurebrand, the consultancy behind American Airlines’ new livery, discusses stripes and eagles

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Too fat to fly?

At a time when airlines need to maximise cabin revenue, customers of size are creating big problems for the industry. Current solutions for the whole process, from booking to onboard product, are explored

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Floor Veldhuis and Chris Holt, Brunel University, UK


Too fat to fly? Part two - concepts and design

The customer of size issue is further explored, with concepts for the whole travel process considered

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Floor Veldhuis and Chris Holt, Brunel University, UK


From Hollywood to 40,000ft

Inspiration for IFE interfaces comes from a variety of sources, including the glamorous world of Hollywood. These 10 movies may give you a hint of how you'll be controlling your inflight entertainment system in the future

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Worldwide airline ancillary revenue projections

IdeaWorksCompany and Amadeus share the results of The Amadeus Worldwide Estimate of Ancillary Revenue, which projects that airline ancillary revenue will reach US$36.1 billion worldwide in 2012

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Jay Sorensen, president, IdeaWorksCompany


Ryanair to offer speedier boarding?

Could Ryanair's latest boarding ideas revolutionise turnaround? Possibly, but not without cost

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Anthony James, Aircraft Interiors International


The true costs of heavier passengers: Part one

An in-depth assessment of the importance, impact and solutions to increases in the physical size of airline passengers

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Thomas Howe, Cranfield University, UK


The true costs of heavier passengers: Part two

European and North American policies and perspectives, design considerations, politics and economic modelling

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The true costs of heavier passengers: Part three

The equity argument, excess charges, load factor variation, and conclusions

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Future trends in emergency lighting

Key trends in emergency lighting and how they might affect product development in the next three to five years

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Peter Stokes, CEO of STG Aerospace


Embraer's Comfort Engineering Centre

To achieve the ultimate in cabin comfort, Embraer has opened a Comfort Engineering Center (CEC), the only one of its kind outside of Europe, as a reference point for comfort studies

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Lufthansa's Business Class: The development

An incredible amount of development work went into making sure Lufthansa's new Business Class seat is the ultimate in comfort while remaining true to its original design

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Adam Gavine


Table talks

Seat designers reveal the challenges of tray table design and what can be done about them

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Bombardier CSeries design

Bombardier’s CSeries is a great example of clean-sheet thinking. We spoke to C&D Zodiac, the design team behind its innovative and integrated design

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Guy Bird, Aircraft Interiors International


A350 cabin architecture

A new cabin architecture offers enhanced options for customisation and enables Airbus to include provision for future reconfiguration in its A350 catalogue offerings

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Blurred visions

HD video is hot, with IFE providers queuing up to trumpet new products – but there’s a lot more to delivering true HD than meets the eye

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The SportJet isn’t just another concept: this airborne sports clinic is part of Sukhoi’s strategy to boost sales of the SuperJet 100 regional aircraft, and it is ready for team orders
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A major air disaster with low loss of life – 2013's Asiana 214 crash offers lessons in what went right and what went wrong inside the passenger cabin
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