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Testing the A350-1000’s cabin comfort


Operating as closely as possible to a typical airline trip, Airbus' A350-1000 Early Long Flight put the aircraft's cabin comfort to the test ahead of the launch of the aircraft. Joined by company test engineers, nearly 290 Airbus employees evaluated everything from the IFE system to the lavatories on the 12-hour flight, while a Virgin Atlantic cabin crew provided in-flight service

22 May, 2017

City of the Air 1964


This charming 1964 film from the Rank Organisation is a snapshot of the 'golden age' of air travel in the UK's Heathrow Airport. Nostalgia fans will love the BOAC and BEA airplanes

19 May, 2017

The Poise seat concept by Tangerine


The Poise economy class seat concept came together in just eight weeks to showcase the benefits of close collaboration between designers and suppliers. Poise rethinks the structure of the economy class seat to create extra legroom for every person, irrespective of where their seat is positioned relative to the seat track

15 May, 2017

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  • Was the 'golden age' of aviation in the 1920s-30s really better than today?
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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?
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  • 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?
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  • 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?
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  • 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 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?
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