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The A380plus

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Airbus has released a developmental study for an enhanced version of the A380, called the A380plus. The study includes aerodynamic improvements that would reduce fuel consumption, as well as an enhanced cabin layout and optimized maintenance planning

20 June, 2017


El Al means business

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A preview of the El Al Dreamliner business class experience, designed with PriestmanGoode and due to begin service in September 2017

15 June, 2017


Crash testing a Boeing 727

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Forget simulation, forget labs: this is what really happens in the cabin during an impact. Brace yourself!

14 June, 2017


Passenger behavior

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In this nine-part series, neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett explains how emotions are made – a powerful thing for cabin crew to understand. For more specific airline insight from Lisa, see our June 2017 issue

30 May, 2017


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  • Was the 'golden age' of aviation in the 1920s-30s really better than today?
  • When selecting which airline to fly with, do many people compare the IFE offerings?
  • Does sacrificing seating for social areas pay off?
  • Are aircraft catalogs stifling creativity in cabin design?
  • Should passengers pay extra for inflight wi-fi access?
  • Which has a bigger influence on long-haul passenger satisfaction:
  • Will Augmented Reality be applied to commercial aircraft completions within the next five years?
  • If offered a choice for an interiors project, which would you most like to work on?
  • After watching footage of passengers retrieving luggage after the EK521 crash (video below), do you think overhead stowages should be locked during TTL?
  • There have been major recent investments in long-haul business class in the USA and in the Middle East. Which do you think has the highest standard?
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  • New Zealand's CAA has criticized Air New Zealand's surfing-themed safety video (see HERE) for diverging from the safety message. What do you think of infotainment style safety videos?
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  • Just three words, printed in three newspapers in three European countries, have provoked a huge international reaction. What do you think of Norwegian's latest marketing ploy?
  • This week saw Indian budget carrier IndiGo stir up controversy when it announced an adults only "quiet zone" for premium seating zones. What do you think of child-free zones?
  • Which of these first class products has the greatest halo effect for an airline?
  • Following Rockwell Collins' aquisition of B/E Aerospace, what do you think of the trend for consolidation in the interiors supply market?
  • The major US airlines have transformed the quality of their passenger experience in recent years. Which of these innovative airlines do you rate most highly in terms of cabin product?
  • The next issue of Aircraft Interiors International will carry a feature about airline branding. On that theme, which of these past brands do you think was the strongest?
  • With IATA reporting that of the 10,854 unruly passenger incidents in 2015, 23% were alcohol - or drug-fueled, what is the most suitable solution for airlines wanting to prevent drunken behavior during flight?
  • Today saw the maiden flight of the Airbus A350-1000. Given a choice of cabin project, which of the main rivals in this sector would you rather work with?
  • This week's blog relates to conflict between cabin designers and airline bean counters. Which of these do you consider to be the most difficult part of a cabin designer's job?
  • This week saw Air New Zealand become the latest airline to sign up for fast inflight connectivity. Which of these statements do you agree with most strongly?
  • Airbus's A3 division believes the truly modular cabin is nearly a reality. After reading the details in the lead story below, which of these statements reflects your opinion of modular cabins?
  • British Airways is to begin charging for food and beverages on short-haul flights. Do you think this move is appropriate for a flag carrier?
  • Following the tragic events in Fort Lauderdale airport, do you think there should be a ban on checking in firearms on commercial flights in the USA?
  • Aside from Polaris, which of the following do you think will be the most exciting aircraft interiors story of 2017?
  • As a measure to protect lone female flyers from sexual harassment, Air India is introducing women-only zones on its aircraft. What do you think of this decision?
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  • Qantas' new premium economy offer is impressive, but it is not the only airline to have invested in innovative product. Which premium economy cabin are you most impressed with? 
  • With Embraer joining Airbus in the hunt for disruputive thinking and cross-industry collaboration, which of these areas could hold the most value to aerospace? 
  • With Virgin America in the news this week, which predominantly domestic US carrier do you feel is the most innovative?  
  • What do you think of the ban on large electronic devices in the cabins of flights from certain Middle Eastern countries? 
  • Of the business class seat reveals at Aircraft Interiors Expo this week (details in the news), which are you most impressed by? 
  • What is the most positive consequence of the events on United Express flight 3411?
  • Which passenger experience would top-tier commercial airline passengers opt for on a long-haul route?
  • Rockwell Collins is now able to equip an aircraft from nose to tail. For airline customers, which of these statements would you agree with most?
  • Which airline has the best first class? 
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