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PLAY unveils new casual look uniform

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New low-cost Icelandic airline PLAY has revealed its new cabin crew uniforms.

The casual apparel has been designed by couple Kolla Gunnarsdottir and Gunni Hilmarsson who commented: “We were honoured and pleased to get to work with PLAY on this clothing line for their uniforms. We really wanted to throw out all those old ideas about airline uniforms and bring in more comfort. We tried to scrap the constrictive rules often associated with these uniforms and include relaxed fits, stretchy fabrics and of course, shoes meant for working on your feet! The result is a mix of active wear and a fresh uniform.”

The uniforms are meant to encompass PLAY’s core values, simplicity, playfulness, competitiveness, equality and on-time performance.

“It was really satisfying to see how well Gunni and Kolla got our brief and our ideas for this line. We had certain ideas about the clothing and how it should represent and work with our brand and the results are just amazing,” stated Jónína Guðmundsdóttir, Chief People Officer of PLAY, whose responsibilities include uniforms.

The uniforms, which includes trainers, are not gender specific, with the crew able to select the outfit they want. Guidance on hair, make up, tattoos and nail polish have been removed.

United Airlines has confirmed it will purchase 15 of Boom’s ‘Overture’ airliners, with an option for an additional 35 aircraft.

United Airlines commits to supersonic travel with Overture contract

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United Airlines has confirmed it will purchase 15 of Boom’s ‘Overture’ airliners, with an option for an additional 35 aircraft.

United Airlines has confirmed it will purchase 15 of Boom’s ‘Overture’ airliners, once Overture meets United’s demanding safety, operating and sustainability requirements, with an option for an additional 35 aircraft.

The companies will work together on meeting those requirements before delivery.

Once operational, Overture is expected to be the first large commercial aircraft to be net-zero carbon from day one, optimised to run on 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). It is slated to roll out in 2025, fly in 2026 and expected to carry passengers by 2029. United and Boom will also work together to accelerate production of greater supplies of SAF.

“United continues on its trajectory to build a more innovative, sustainable airline and today’s advancements in technology are making it more viable for that to include supersonic planes. Boom’s vision for the future of commercial aviation, combined with the industry’s most robust route network in the world, will give business and leisure travellers access to a stellar flight experience,” United CEO Scott Kirby said. “Our mission has always been about connecting people and now working with Boom, we’ll be able to do that on an even greater scale.”

Overture will also be designed with features such as in-seat entertainment screens, ample personal space, and contactless technology. Working with Boom is another component of United’s strategy to invest in innovative technologies that will build a more sustainable future of air travel.

“The world’s first purchase agreement for net-zero carbon supersonic aircraft marks a significant step toward our mission to create a more accessible world,” said Blake Scholl, Boom Supersonic founder and CEO. “United and Boom share a common purpose – to unite the world safely and sustainably. At speeds twice as fast, United passengers will experience all the advantages of life lived in person, from deeper, more productive business relationships to longer, more relaxing vacations to far-off destinations.”

Airlander 10 cabin concept for 92 pax configuration

Hybrid Air Vehicles unveils cabin concepts for Airlander 10

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Airlander 10 cabin concept for 92 pax configuration

Hybrid Air Vehicles has unveiled concept designs for its Airlander 10 cabin interior.

HAV’s design team has been guided by engineering and regulatory demands, incorporating many considerations to ensure it is practical, feasible, and ready for the transition into production.

Airlander 10’s spacious cabin gives every passenger a comfortable seat with direct access to the aisles. The floor-to-ceiling windows are a focal point, providing passengers with incredible views and natural light. Coupled with its unique interior, the aircraft also offers a clear pathway to all-electric flight.

The Airlander 10 aircraft will be available with up to 100 seats in a hybrid-electric configuration from 2025, operating with 90% fewer emissions than conventional aircraft in similar roles. The aircraft will be offered in a fully electric configuration by 2030.

“For many decades flying from A to B has meant sitting in a metal tube with tiny windows – a necessity but not always a pleasure,” stated George Land, HAV’s Commercial Business Development Director. “On Airlander, the whole experience is pleasant, even enjoyable. And in the hybrid-electric and future all-electric configurations, Airlander is fit for our decarbonised future.”

PURE CABIN from FACC

ACS addressing COVID in the cabin

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PURE CABIN from FACC

AVIC Cabin Systems (ACS) Group have announced hygiene-focused innovations with further products in the development stage. FACC has introduced PURE CABIN, an antimicrobial surface coating; AIM Altitude is raising awareness of the protective benefits to health of ARCA, a hygienic boxed-meal system; and Thompson Aero Seating has launched the Vantage SOLO, a fully flat-bed for single-aisle aircraft that aids social distancing.

Andy Morris, VP Commercial at AVIC Cabin Systems, commented: “ACS leading the way with COVID-related innovations is another example of how well we come together as a group of companies to provide all essential aspects for the aircraft interior. In this instance, FACC has taken the high-tech route to contribute to flight safety and hygiene, while AIM Altitude and Thompson Aero Seating have used creative design and inventive engineering to find a solution to the issues. With such innovation at the forefront of our industry, positive flying experiences are back at the top of the agenda.”

PURE CABIN effectively and sustainably frees surfaces from all types of viruses, bacteria, and fungi. The permanent photocatalytic surface solution by FACC is based on the TiO2 plus metal complex and was developed for line-fit cabin products and retrofit cabin applications. No pre- or post-treatment of the surfaces is required outside the guidance on routine aircraft cleaning and there is no need for a UV light source, as the active component is triggered by the normal cabin light.

PURE CABIN can be applied to all types of surface: laminates, leather, metal, injection molding, fabrics, and other materials. With no toxic or biocide-based substances, PURE CABIN is completely harmless to health and guarantees that virtually all viruses are eliminated in less than 10 minutes. The PURE CABIN solution is simply applied to the surface after cleaning and left to work for five minutes. A special lamp is supplied to check that all areas have been reached. The effectiveness of PURE CABIN has been checked and confirmed by a professional, standardised ISO procedure, carried out by independent laboratories such as OFI in Vienna. The treatment lasts for at least one year.

ARCA is an innovative galley system that introduces a new, hygienic boxed-meal system instead of set-meal trays. While the concept saves weight, creates space, and is environmentally friendly, it is its hygiene credentials that have now come to the fore.

The ARCA galley comprises aesthetically pleasing refrigerated aisle stowage units, catering for the same number of passengers within a smaller footprint. Utilising individual sealed boxes for both chilled and hot food, the ARCA system results in minimal handling and less interaction with open food content. The boxes double as closing waste-containers, which aids recycling and diverts waste from landfills, and has the advantage of reducing crew contact with left-over food and used utensils.

Thompson Aero Seating’s VantageSOLO offers a fully horizontal flat-bed for single-aisle aircraft from only a 33-inch seat pitch. Vitally, under new COVID concerns, the VantageSOLO has direct aisle-access for every seat, which can be configured with either an open aisle end, a fixed privacy screen, or a full-function suite door. This not only offers an exclusive business-class seating experience normally only the preserve of a wide-body cabin, but also greater social distancing.

The innovative reverse herringbone configuration of the VantageSOLO locates passengers away from the aisle and therefore minimises accidental contact with passengers and crew who are walking up and down the aisle.

AIM Altitude has delivered its 123rd ship set of the Emirates A380 interior to Airbus in Hamburg.

AIM Altitude delivers latest ship set for Emirates A380

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AIM Altitude has delivered its 123rd ship set of the Emirates A380 interior to Airbus in Hamburg.

AIM Altitude has delivered its 123rd ship set of the Emirates A380 interior to Airbus in Hamburg. The final ship set in this series marks a 15-year milestone in the relationship between Emirates and AIM Altitude.

The A380 interior has seen many iterations over the years, with a major refresh occurring for the 100th ship set.

Neil Taggart, Vice President & General Manager of AIM Altitude, part of AVIC Cabin Systems (ACS), said: ‘This long and continuous association with Emirates is evidence that the design of the A380’s lounge bar has reached classic status whilst retaining its freshness and continuing appeal to passengers. The synergy between design and aircraft has proved quite remarkable”.

Each ship set consists of:

  • The iconic horseshoe-bar
  • The chiller bar that stands behind the main bar
  • Left- and right-hand sofas
  • A stand-up stowage with 55” TV screen
  • A storage unit for the cabin
  • Waterfall feature for the top of the staircase

The last A380 will be delivered to Emirates out of Hamburg. AIM Altitude will continue to refresh some of the older fleet with the new style of interior that was introduced from ship set 100 onwards, so manufacture will carry on for some time to come.

Emirates and AIM Altitude have further projects on the horizon, including a confirmed programme on Emirates’ Boeing 777s and a proposed retro fit to update and refresh the A380’s older-style interior.

Interior of new Falcon 10X

Dassault Aviation launches Falcon 10X

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Interior of new Falcon 10X

Dassault Aviation has unveiled the Falcon 10X, which it claims “will deliver a level of comfort, versatility and technology unmatched by any purpose-built business jet.”

Featuring a range of 7,500 nautical miles, the Falcon 10X will fly nonstop from New York to Shanghai, Los Angeles to Sydney, Hong Kong to New York or Paris to Santiago. Top speed will be Mach 0.925.

“Today we are introducing a new benchmark in business aviation,” said Dassault Chairman and CEO Eric Trappier. “The Falcon 10X will offer an unrivalled passenger experience over both short- and long-duration flights, along with breakthrough safety features from Dassault’s frontline fighter technology. We have optimised every aspect of the aircraft with the passenger in mind and established a new level of capability for ultra-long-range aircraft.”

When entering service at the end of 2025, the 10X will have the biggest and most comfortable cabin on the market and offer greater modularity than any other aircraft in its class, with a selection of multiple interior configurations. The 10X is large enough to accommodate four cabin zones of equal length but owners can configure their cabin to create a truly customized interior, including for example, an expanded dining/conference area, a dedicated entertainment area with a large-screen monitor, a private stateroom with a queen-size bed or an enlarged master suite with a private stand-up shower.

“The 10X will be more than just another big step forward in business aviation. It will be absolutely the best business jet available in the ultra-long-range category, and will remain so for a long time,” said Trappier.

The 10X will have a cabin cross section larger than some regional jets. Its cabin will be 6-feet, 8-inches (2.03 m) tall and 9 feet, 1 inch wide (2.77 m): almost 8 inches (20 cm) wider and 2 inches (5 cm) taller than the widest and tallest purpose-built business jet flying today.

Passengers will experience a 3,000-foot cabin pressure altitude while flying at 41,000 feet. A next-generation filtration system will provide 100-percent pure air. The aircraft will be at least as quiet as the Falcon 8X, currently the quietest business jet in service.

The 10X will feature an entirely new fuselage with extra-large windows—nearly 50 percent larger than those on the Falcon 8X. Thirty-eight windows will line the fuselage making for the brightest cabin in business aviation.

Additionally, STELIA Aerospace will develop and manufacture a new generation pilot and co-pilot seats, aimed at improving the comfort and rest of the pilots, including a lie-flat option.

Delta has announced plans to outfit its Boeing 767-300 aircraft with its Delta Premium Select experience.

Delta expands Premium Select

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Delta has announced plans to outfit its Boeing 767-300 aircraft with its Delta Premium Select experience.

Delta has announced plans to outfit its Boeing 767-300 aircraft with its Delta Premium Select experience.

Beginning this May and Airbus A330 fleet beginning mid-July, both fleet types will also receive additional upgrades like refreshed lavatories, new LED cabin lighting, expanded personal power outlets and memory-foam comfort cushions. Both aircraft will now have four cabin experiences to give customers more options whether booking for business or leisure: Delta One, Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+ and Main Cabin.

“As customers return to travel, we’re bringing them better and more comfortable experiences, and that includes introducing Delta Premium Select to more aircraft in our fleet,” said Byron Merritt, VP– Brand Experience Design. “We know customers are ready to get back into the world, and that is driving us to accelerate improvements to our aircraft that will give our customers the best onboard products.”

Delta Premium Select, an elevated Delta cabin experience available on select international routes, debuted in 2017 and features a wider seat, additional recline and an adjustable foot and leg rest on select widebody aircraft – offering customers more ways to cruise in comfort. Customers seated in Delta Premium Select also receive a TUMI amenity kit, noise-cancelling headsets and a blanket and pillow to help them arrive at their destination refreshed and relaxed.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) is introducing the first hands-free doors to domestic flights.

ANA to install world’s first hands-free lavatory doors on 21 aircraft

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All Nippon Airways (ANA) is introducing the first hands-free doors to domestic flights.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) is introducing the first hands-free doors to domestic flights.

Partnering with JAMCO Corporation, the innovative door was developed as part of the ANA Care Promise initiative and will help limit potential vectors for the transmission of pathogens.

“Guided by the principles of ANA Care Promise, we have continued to invest in the development and implementation of innovative technologies because the health and safety of passengers and our staff is the top priority,” said Shinichi Inoue, Senior Executive Vice President, Customer Experience Management & Planning. “The hands-free lavatory door is the latest example of us putting this principle into practice as we look for ways to make the travel experience safer and more convenient.”

The new lavatory door is equipped with a large inner door locking knob and an additional handle so that passengers can use their elbows to unlock the door. Because the door mechanism is different to those found on other aircraft, signage has been placed near the lavatory to provide operational instructions.

The hands-free lavatory will be installed on 11 Boeing 787-8 aircraft, two Boeing 787-9 aircraft, and eight Boeing 777-200. The initial installation will be for aircrafts serving domestic routes, while ANA hopes to introduce the system to all domestic and international aircraft in the future.

Bucher's Bionic Partition for door 4 of the A320

Bucher unveils ultralight Bionic Partition for A320

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Bucher's Bionic Partition for door 4 of the A320

As part of its continuing focus on lightweight innovations for the aviation industry, Swiss-based Bucher has released its ultralight Bionic Partition for the A320.

The multifunctional Partitions have passed the strict qualification and approval programme and are now being installed in new aircraft as well as in a retrofit in the rear door 4 area in the A320.

Speaking on the first installation at Airbus, Beat Burlet, CEO of the Bucher Group, commented: “We are very proud that our lightweight Partition is now part of the safety architecture within the aircraft cabin and is being used for the first time in daily flight operations. The enormous weight savings, that we have achieved with this product, are the result of several years of development. The first delivery to an aircraft manufacturer and finally to an airline fills us with immense pride.”

Through its position, the Partition separates the passenger area of the cabin from the crew’s working area towards the rear galley and the toilets. As a final element, the Partition can be integrated holistically into the cabin design by using decorative foils or paintwork with airline-typical colouring or logo.

The Partition also holds a wall-mounted cabin attendant seat and various holders for emergency equipment such as fire extinguishers, smoke masks, oxygen supply or life jackets.

Driven by the idea of innovation, the bionic structural concept of the Partition had to withstand varying static and dynamic loads as well as load changes. To obtain approval, the structure was not allowed to fail under dynamic accelerations of more than 16 g in the direction of flight.

In addition, flexible positioning of add-on parts in zones to be defined had to be taken into account.

The lightweight structure was to allow a low structure weight with the highest possible payload. To meet all these requirements, a modern fibre composite sandwich panel was created after two years development, with a honeycomb core and carbon fibres (CFRP). Radically rethought and unconventionally constructed, it offers a multi-layer composite of various different fibre orientations. These are used over the entire surface or locally, with the wall thickness of the sandwich remaining the same.

Bucher claims this new type of construction offers weight savings of more than 30% than conventional products on the market.

As part of Corsair’s cabin modernisation project in 2020, ABC International designed and installed branding panels inside the cabins of the A330-900 aircraft owned by Avolon and operated by Corsair

ABC International brands cabin of Corsair A330neo aircraft

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As part of Corsair’s cabin modernisation project in 2020, ABC International designed and installed branding panels inside the cabins of the A330-900 aircraft owned by Avolon and operated by Corsair

As part of Corsair’s cabin modernisation project in 2020, ABC International designed and installed branding panels inside the cabins of the A330-900 aircraft owned by Avolon and operated by Corsair.

This is the first collaboration between French airline and the Italian cabin branding specialist.

Olindo Spatola VP Engineering and HDO at ABC International said: “The airliner logo is shown throughout the whole aircraft cabin, thanks to the specific installation in three different locations. The first logo is installed facing the passengers onto the wall of the Front Row monument (G1A), the second one is installed on the wall of the Galley (G2A), just in front of the entry door, so that the passenger can almost immediately feel the new cabin environment and atmosphere and recognise the French airline brand.”

“The third logo may be clearly seen by the passenger while walking through the cabin and going towards aft direction, as it is installed on the wall of the Galley (G4F),” he adds.

“The main target of our designer was to give importance at a simple design by making it elegant and with a truly linear style,” declared. Alberto D’Ambrosio, CEO, ABC international: “After achieving several goals and working with several companies all around the world, the choice of Corsair to partner up with ABC International makes us very proud and satisfied.”

ABC International successfully managed the program in the frame of two different installation scenarios, as well as different stakeholders: G2A was delivered by Safran, whilst the other ones were delivered by Stelia Aerospace.

In both cases, ABC worked closely with the OEMs of the affected monuments, being also responsible for the Service Bulletin release pertaining to the installation onto the G2A galley.