SWISS A320neo innovative cabin

SWISS unveils innovative new cabin onboard its A320neo aircraft

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SWISS A320neo innovative cabin

Switzerland flag carrier SWISS has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320neo featuring a new, innovative “Airspace” cabin concept.

The carrier’s first two A320neos equipped with the new cabin will enter revenue service this month and feature slimmer sidewall panels for extra personal space at shoulder level, better views through the windows with their redesigned bezels, and completely integrated window shades.

The cabin also has overhead bins that provide space for 60% more bags and features the latest full LED lighting technologies, LED-lit “entrance area” and new lavatories with hygienic touchless features and antimicrobial surfaces.

SWISS operates several Airbus aircraft types, including the Airbus A220 and A320 on its European network and A330 and A340 aircraft globally.

SWISS Chief Commercial Officer, Tamur Goudarzi Pour, said: “As a premium air carrier, we continue to strive to offer our customers the highest possible quality standards, even in the present crisis times.

“Airbus’s advanced and innovative new Airspace cabin concept for our short-haul travellers is making a key contribution to all these endeavours.

“We are truly pleased to be able to offer our customers even greater in-flight comfort in the form of more space for their carry-on baggage and a new lighting concept that is specifically tailored to their biorhythm needs.”

According to Airbus, the A320neo provides operators with 20% reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The A320neo Family had received nearly 7,900 orders from over 120 customers worldwide by the end of December 2021.

Collins next generation 737 lavatory

Boeing 737 to fly with Collins’ next-generation lavatory

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Collins next generation 737 lavatory

Boeing has again selected Collins Aerospace to provide lavatories for its 737 family of aircraft.

A lavatory supplier on Boeing 737s since 2013, Collins’ next-generation lavatory is expected to be available on new 737 airplanes from 2025, with installation available in 12 separate airplane locations and several different lavatory variations to choose from, including an accessible lavatory for passengers of all mobilities.

The clean sheet, modular design provides maximum change flexibility, efficiently. Modules can be replaced within hours, enabling upgrades to occur over time or lessors to quickly cater for changes dependent on their specific operator.

An expanded option catalogue gives customers a large selection of à la carte offerings to create a more bespoke final product, such as trim, finish and lighting, unique to their fleet of aircraft.

Sensor and infrared-enabled touchless technologies are activated with the wave of a hand. A touchless faucet comes as standard, with touchless amenities such as toilet flush, waste bin, soap dispenser and toilet seat/lid as upgrade options.

An advanced centralised computing system controls the suite of touchless components and can be scaled to provide component health monitoring, predictive maintenance, amenity management and modularity, allowing for future integration of additional features.

“Collins’ long-standing relationship with Boeing and specifically our shared history on the 737 lavatory program have made our work on this next-generation 737 lavatory a truly collaborative project,” said Cynthia Muklevicz, Vice President of Business Development for Collins Aerospace. “Years of co-operation, hard work and innovation have culminated in a final product that provides increased airline value, a clear path for future technology integration and improved passenger amenities.”

Troy Brunk, President of Interiors for Collins Aerospace, added: “We believe this advanced lavatory will be the standard for single-aisle aircraft for years to come. The next-generation lavatory enables a degree of choice not typically afforded narrowbody operators, with the flexibility and integrated technology for simple and efficient customisation and installation of upgrades.”

SAS' first Airbus A321 Long Range aircraft has completed its first long-haul flight from Copenhagen to Washington, ahead of entering into official service on 27 March 2022, on routes from Copenhagen to Washington, Boston and New York.

SAS’ new Airbus A321LR takes flight

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SAS' first Airbus A321 Long Range aircraft has completed its first long-haul flight from Copenhagen to Washington, ahead of entering into official service on 27 March 2022, on routes from Copenhagen to Washington, Boston and New York.

SAS’ first Airbus A321 Long Range aircraft has completed its first long-haul flight from Copenhagen to Washington, ahead of entering into official service on 27 March 2022, on routes from Copenhagen to Washington, Boston and New York.

The new aircraft is equipped with a service concept with three travel classes, like the rest of SAS’ long-haul fleet, and will increase SAS’ flexibility to meet Scandinavian travel patterns. The A321LR is part of SAS’ ongoing fleet renewal and will reduce climate-impacting emissions in comparison to previous generations of similar aircraft.

This narrow-body, single aisled aircraft is specially configured to fly longer distances than a standard A321neo. The smaller aircraft gives SAS the opportunity to fill the aircraft on new routes and will be a welcome addition to the SAS long haul fleet. The A321LR will increase the SAS’ flexibility to adjust to changes in the demand for new routes and destinations.

The aircraft has 22 Business, 12 Plus and 123 Go, meaning a total of 157 seats. The seats are especially chosen for the A321LR to optimise the comfort in all three travel classes to meet the expectations of frequent travellers. Seats in SAS Business are fully flat seat beds and there are different mood light scenarios in the cabins, as well as high-speed Wi-Fi. Every seat is equipped with IFE screens, PC-power and/or Hi-power USB. The reduced noise level inside the cabin will further enhance the travel experience onboard.

“This is an entirely new aircraft type for SAS, which is incredibly well suited to the Scandinavian market and emerging travel patterns to and from the region. It gives SAS an opportunity to offer travelers more intercontinental routes, fewer stopovers, and shorter travel times to and from Scandinavia. The new aircraft is equipped with a service concept at par with the rest of SAS’ long-haul fleet, offering passengers all the benefits, level of comfort and choices of our traveling classes,” says Karl Sandlund, EVP & Chief Commercial Officer.

JPA Design cabin designs for the Airbus A321neo fleet of China Airlines.

JPA Design delivers new cabin interior experience for China Airlines

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JPA Design cabin designs for the Airbus A321neo fleet of China Airlines.

JPA Design has unveiled its cabin designs featured onboard the new Airbus A321neo fleet from China Airlines.

With a scope that covers premium business class and economy class seating as well as entryway areas and washrooms, the cabin has been designed to instil the emotions of a journey in customers.

The nature inspired experience starts in the aircraft entryway. Forest textures of persimmon wood and stone mix with butterfly projections reflecting the traditional art of shadow puppetry. These are complemented by dramatic artwork on the entrance wall to greet customers as they first step onboard.

The all new fully flat beds in premium business class reflect the central theme of a traditional tea pavilion set in lush green landscapes, featuring a colour palette of rich warm brown that is reminiscent of a tea house interior. Increased privacy is offered to all customers by means of an extendable divider that features a thoughtful integrated vanity mirror while capacitive seat controls promote ease of use and cleanability.

Continuing down the cabin, the theme for economy class turns its inspiration to the modern urban landscapes of vibrant cities. A combination of light and dark technical leathers on the seat gives a youthful and fresh look that is also durable and robust. Stitch detailing has been incorporated to reflect the brand’s journey curve – a journey that never ends and is a continuous experience from one destination to another. Each seat incorporates divisions stitched onto the literature pocket and a nylon strap to keep cables and bulky items organised.

Elliott Koehler, Creative Director at JPA Design said, “It has been a pleasure to have the opportunity to work closely with the team from China Airlines and to offer their customers a sense of familiarity and surprise as they experience these exciting new aircraft cabins.”

ANA's Premium seating (above) and Economy seating on its Boeing 787-9 aircraft.

ANA introduces newly designed Boeing 787-9 interiors

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ANA's Premium seating (above) and Economy seating on its Boeing 787-9 aircraft.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) has begun introducing its revamped Boeing 787-9 aircraft for service on domestic routes.

“The Boeing 787 has served ANA with distinction for a decade now, and we are excited to add more comfort and functionality to our fleet of incredibly capable aircraft,” said Junko Yazawa, Senior Vice President, Customer Experience Management & Planning of ANA. “The new features on the Boeing 787-9 strengthen an already great aircraft and will improve the passenger experience on domestic flights. ANA has always put passengers first and will continue to take all necessary steps to enhance comfort and convenience for everyone who chooses to fly with us.”

The aircraft offers 375 seats, with the number of premium class seats increased by 10 for a total of 28 seats. Inspired by the first class seating on ANA international flights, and originally introduced on ANA’s Boeing 777-200 fleet in autumn 2019, the seats manufactured by Safran Seats US feature large dividers between seats to provide greater security and privacy, intuitive electric seat control, easily accessible PC power and USB port locations and a large swivelling tray table. Additionally, premium class includes a 15.6-inch flat-screen personal monitor, the largest screen on a domestic flight.

In economy class seats, the new aircraft will feature the same seats offered on ANA’s domestic Boeing 777-200 aircraft. Each seat, manufactured and designed by Toyota Boshoku and ANA’s has a unique fabric pattern, allowing passengers to experience new in-flight spaces each time they board.

The seat’s backrest supports the pelvis to help passengers maintain a relaxed posture while the seat shape is suited to all body types. Each seat features a 13.3-inch thin personal screen, the largest economy class monitor on domestic flights, PC power supply and USB ports and a highly ergonomic table and armrest. Cup holders have adopted a clover shape to make it easier to remove paper cups.

China Airlines A321 neo cabins

China Airlines receives A321neo with latest cabin enhancements

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China Airlines A321 neo cabins

China Airlines has received delivery of its first A321neo passenger aircraft, which will become the carrier’s mainstay on regional routes.

The A321neo with its spacious, comfortable cabin interior, emphasises contactless service and enhanced epidemic prevention measures. Upgrades include premium business class with fully flat seats, the latest in-flight entertainment system, as well as the largest displays, high-speed Wi-Fi connection, and free text messaging.

China Airlines’ A321neo is configured with 180 seats including 12 in premium business class and 168 in economy class. The cabin configuration itself has been fine-tuned to meet passenger requirements and support contactless service for epidemic prevention in the post-COVID-19 era. Fully flat premium business class seats developed for widebody passenger aircraft have also been introduced on a narrow body passenger aircraft for the first time. Each seat is now wider and equipped with adjustable extra-height partitions for privacy and reduced contact with neighbouring seats.

In a first for the domestic airline industry, smart link support has been introduced by China Airlines. All passengers can now connect to the in-flight entertainment system via their personal mobile phone and Bluetooth headphones. The lavatory include contactless, sensor-activated taps to reduce the risk of cross-infection. The added HEPA high-efficiency air filtration system also replaces the air inside the cabin every two to three minutes to ensure a clean and safe trip.

The China Airlines A321neo is equipped with the industry’s latest in-flight entertainment system that provides every passenger with personalised multimedia content in their seats. The 15.6-inch and 13.3-inch 4K high-resolution, extra-large displays in premium business and economy class include picture-in-picture multi-processing functionality while allowing passengers to access the flight map, catering and other services at the same time.

High-speed in-flight Wi-Fi service is also provided onboard the aircraft. Free text messaging is available for seven apps including Line, WeChat, Facebook Messenger, Apple iMessage, WhatsApp, Viber and Line2 for staying connected.

Passengers can pay via credit card or redeem in full with their membership miles to stream multimedia, web browsing or catch up on their favourite shows via their personal mobile devices while in-flight.

Interior of Cebu Pacific 's A330-900neo aircraft

Cebu Pacific receives first batch of A330-900neos

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Interior of Cebu Pacific 's A330-900neo aircraft

Cebu Pacific has taken delivery of its first sixteen A330-900neo aircraft kitted out with fully customised galleys, stowages, doghouses and partition walls from Bucher.

Bucher developed highly compressed galleys for the restricted space conditions to allow Cebu to maximise seating capacity.

The airline’s newest aircraft features 459 lightweight Recaro seats, ergonomically designed for comfort over long distances.

“Cebu Pacific’s first A330neo brings us closer to our target of having an all-Neo fleet by 2027, and shows our commitment to making air travel accessible, while ensuring environmental and social sustainability,” said Alex Reyes, Chief Strategy Officer at Cebu Pacific.

“We believe that growth and sustainability are not mutually exclusive and should in fact be inclusive if we want to work towards the greater good. This is why we will always choose the greener options – increased aircraft efficiency, reduced noise and carbon emissions, to ensure that more low fares will be available for everyJuan,” Reyes added.

“We thank and applaud Cebu Pacific for selecting our latest-technology A330neo as part of its fleet modernisation drive to fly the greenest aircraft for a sustainable future. The A330neo is the first aircraft in the world already certified to comply with ICAO’s CO2 emissions standards beyond 2028. The airline will benefit from the aircraft’s step-change in performance and economics, while maintaining passenger comfort and lowest operating costs,” said Anand Stanley, President Airbus Asia-Pacific.

The outstanding efficiency of the A330neo also ensures compliance with the current and future sustainability requirements in terms of noise and emissions, providing passengers with the utmost comfort in one of the quietest planes developed. Thanks to the construction materials and engines chosen for this aircraft, the exterior noise footprint is reduced to nearly 60%, and noise level in the aircraft is 3db quieter than competitors.

As one of the world’s youngest fleets, CEB’s newest aircraft is set to enter service next month to fly to various destinations across CEB’s international and domestic network.

SIA'a new business class Throne seat

Singapore Airlines unveils new narrowbody cabin experience

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SIA'a new business class Throne seat

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has launched new cabin products, which will be rolled out on its narrowbody Boeing 737-8 fleet in the coming weeks, as the carrier replicates the onboard experience with that of its widebody fleet.

Singapore Airlines has invested around S$230 million on the development, design, and installation of the new industry-leading cabin products, which elevate the standard for short- and medium-haul travel on board narrowbody aircraft.

Lee Lik Hsin, Executive Vice President Commercial, Singapore Airlines said: “This is the culmination of three years of innovation and hard work, involving extensive customer research and close partnerships with designers and suppliers. As a result, we can now offer customers a premium travel experience across our entire full-service network, no matter how long or short their journey.

All of SIA’s 737-8 aircraft will have 154 seats in two classes, 10 in business class and 144 in economy class, with new cabin products featuring bespoke elements that have been designed especially for the SIA customer.

Designed by London-based Factorydesign and manufactured for Singapore Airlines by Thompson Aero Seating, the business class seats are arranged in a forward-facing staggered 2-2, 1-1, 2-2 abreast configuration. AIM Altitude has provided the accompanying front row monuments.

Measuring up to 22 inches in width, the business class seat reclines directly into a comfortable full-flat bed (76 inches). These seats are made with premium materials with bespoke embroidery in custom patterns and textures. The seat cushions and covers use the same soft furnishings as those found on SIA’s medium-haul aircraft, providing a higher level of comfort for short-haul flights.

The business class seat is designed to wrap smoothly in a cocoon-like formation around the customer, which enlarges personal space and provides better privacy. A divider between the adjacent seats provides a new stowage area for personal items, as well as the bi-fold meal table. Other features include USB charging ports and in-seat power supply, a reading light with adjustable brightness, mood lighting, and a pocket under the monitor that provides easy stowage during taxi, take-off and landing.

The two standalone business class seats (seats 12B and 12J) have additional table-top and stowage spaces, and a side stowage compartment equipped with a mirror and LED light.

Andy Morris, VP Commercial at AVIC Cabin Systems, said: “We are really proud of the look and feel of the seating we have produced for Singapore Airlines. The design and layout of the seats makes the single-aisle Boeing 737-8 feel spacious, and the colour scheme, materials, and optional extras selected by Singapore Airlines have given an extra touch of luxury. The Vantage is such a versatile seat, with many optional features and customisation opportunities, it perfectly complements our VantageSOLO offering.”

The economy class seat, built by Collins Aerospace, offers improved space and comfort with its sleek slim-line design. The latest generation seat model in its class, the seat comes with a contoured backrest for better support and four-way adjustable headrest with foldable wings.

Singapore Airlines has selected Panasonic Avionics’ eX1 IFE solution for its new fleet. The system features full-HD seatback monitors in both the Business Class and Economy Class, complete with capacitive touch screen displays and USB charging ports. Each Business Class seat’s IFE comes with an additional handset and in-seat power outlets.

Singapore Airlines has also selected global in-flight connectivity services from Panasonic Avionics which can deliver average speeds up to 100 megabits per second (Mbps) to the aircraft, with peak speeds reaching 200 Mbps and higher. The airline’s in-flight connectivity experience, powered by Panasonic Avionics’ global network of high-speed, high-bandwidth satellites will deliver a host of next-generation connectivity benefits, including fast internet and in-flight mobile phone services.  This will enable the airline to meet the growing connectivity demand of travellers today and into the future.

The passenger experience made possible by these IFEC solutions also includes the company’s immersive 3D in-flight map platform, ArcTM. This visually stunning, in-flight map experience brings a wide range of innovations to the traditional map application, helping to increase overall customer engagement and loyalty made possible through a fully integrated IFE and connectivity system. The agreement with Singapore Airlines represents the first launch of Panasonic Avionics’ Arc map platform on the 737-8 platform.

“This significant investment demonstrates Singapore Airlines’ commitment to maintaining our leadership position in the airline industry. As air travel recovers, our customers can continue to enjoy world-class products and award-winning service across our fleets.”

SIA’s 737-8 aircraft will progressively enter into service on short- to medium-haul flights across the Airline’s network in the coming weeks.

Boeing will provide a suite of services to Saudia to improve their 787 Dreamliner and 777 fleets' operational efficiency through digital analytics, and to modify their 777 cabin interiors.

Saudia turns to Boeing for enhanced services

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Boeing will provide a suite of services to Saudia to improve their 787 Dreamliner and 777 fleets' operational efficiency through digital analytics, and to modify their 777 cabin interiors.

Boeing will provide a suite of services to Saudia to improve their 787 Dreamliner and 777 fleets’ operational efficiency through digital analytics, and to modify their 777 cabin interiors.

“As ever, Saudia is continuously focused on operational efficiency, optimal fleet utilisation, and deployment,” said Captain Ibrahim S. Koshy, CEO, Saudia. “We see our continued alliance with Boeing and these essential services as an enabler that will help to drive our progress toward this vision.”

Saudia will use Boeing’s Optimised Maintenance Program (OMP), which uses advanced data analytics to provide detailed insights for improved maintenance operations, and Boeing’s Airplane Health Management (AHM) digital solution, which applies predictive maintenance analytics and diagnostic tools to help improve the quality and speed of maintenance decisions, resulting in improved on-time performance. These services will be combined with Boeing’s OEM engineering and consulting expertise.

“Our Boeing consulting teams have partnered closely with Saudia for many years to find new opportunities to reduce costs and enhance operational efficiency. We are delighted to continue this partnership by applying our advanced digital solutions,” said Ted Colbert, president and CEO, Boeing Global Services. “Similarly, Saudia will be able to rely on our 777 interiors engineering expertise throughout the course of their fleet reconfiguration plans.”

Boeing’s interior modification team will partner with Saudia to deliver all aspects of their 777 modification, including design, certification, and the supply of parts required for completion.

Irkut Corporation (part of PJSC UAC of Rostec State Corporation) has presented its MC-21-310 passenger airplane, and AURUS Business Jet (VIP-version of SSJ100), for the first-time outside Russia.

MC-21-310 and AURUS Business Jet aircraft showcased in Dubai

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Irkut Corporation (part of PJSC UAC of Rostec State Corporation) has presented its MC-21-310 passenger airplane, and AURUS Business Jet (VIP-version of SSJ100), for the first-time outside Russia.

Irkut Corporation (part of PJSC UAC of Rostec State Corporation) has presented its MC-21-310 passenger airplane, and AURUS business jet (VIP-version of SSJ100), for the first-time outside Russia.

The MC-21-310 aircraft has been undergoing flight tests since December 2020. For its presence at the Airshow, a part of the business and economy class cabin is installed on the airplane, demonstrating the increased aisle between the seats provided by the widest fuselage in its class.

AURUS Business Jet is presented with a comfortable cabin, designed and installed in Russia, as well as with optional solutions that allow to expand the capabilities of the airplane.

PJSC Irkut Corporation is currently conducting certification tests of MC-21-300 airplane and assembling airliners for the launch operators. Within the framework of the Superjet 100 program aircraft deliveries are on the way to their customers, new aircraft versions are being developed, as well as the after-sales support system. The active promotion of the MC-21 and AURUS Business Jet (VIP-version of SSJ100) programs is aimed at strengthening positions of PJSC Irkut Corporation in the market of civil aviation.