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New collaboration to use AI in aircraft desig..

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IAMA, the Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance is partnering with LISA Group for the use of artificial intelligence in aircraft design and certification.

The collaboration hopes to lead to the creation of a digital tool-set for design organisations and other relevant players in the aviation modification aftermarket.

The tool-sets main target is to simplify and automise processes in design and certification such as differences within the certification base of national aviation authorities as well as analysing existing documents like working arrangement and bilateral agreements.

“While intelligent applications are on the growth in other sectors like aviation with for example predictive maintenance and intelligent cabin applications, the use of artificial intelligence in design & certification engineering for aircraft modification is still unexplored.” Said Nicole Noack, Managing Director of the Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance. “Being experts in the overall process of aircraft modification projects, we see significant advantages throughout the value chain and with LISA Deutschland GmbH we found a highly experienced partner to jointly develop a scalable tool-set.”

The envisioned system will use Natural Language Processing with the purpose of limiting unforeseen certification gaps at the end of the design process. It will be hosted on LISA GIGA Hub as a new application. LISA’s Aviation GIGA Hub is a data management platform with troubleshooting apps and prognostics features. The new tool-set will start with an application which takes a modification statement and guides the user through the process, while identifying differing rules and bilaterals in place between multiple authorities making use of published documents and available historic data of the user.

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Aer Lingus installs new cabin branding elemen..

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ABC International has disclosed details of is collaboration with Irish flag carrier Aer Lingus.

As part of a cabin modernisation project that Aer Lingus began at the beginning of 2019 as part of its development strategy, ABC International restyled the “Shamrock” to underline and represent the values of modernity, confidence and strength of the Irish carrier.

The branding project was first applied to the airline’s interiors on long-haul routes, before being extended to the A321neo fleet with a different sized shamrock designed and manufactured by ABC International.

Starting from Factory Design new Shamrock design guidelines, ABC International translated the new brand image into an airworthy product compliant with the aviation environment and ready to be installed on board.

ABC International developed a CNC-machined aluminium branding logo, surface treated with a sand blasted effect, divided in three different parts and installed according to the right inclination of every leaf to achieve the correct final looking of the Shamrock. The new designed Shamrock has been installed on 14 A330s and 8 A32s with approximately 30 branding elements manufactured and delivered.

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Air France reveals redesigned B777-300 cabins

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Air France has unveiled its new cabins available on board its Boeing 777-300, mainly serving destinations in the Caribbean and Indian Ocean.

The aircraft’s 472 seats (14 in Business, 28 in Premium Economy and 430 in Economy) have been completely redesigned, and are already flying on the first aircraft. Throughout the year, Air France will gradually install these new cabins on all its 10 Boeing 777-300s mainly dedicated to this network, as part of an overall investment of 120 million euros.

Seats in the Air France Business cabin recline to become a bed nearly two metres long. It also offers a new predefined “relax” position. With a seating arrangement of four seats per row (1/2/1), all customers have direct aisle access. The new configuration of this cabin can be adapted to the customer’s wishes, whether they are travelling alone or with a companion.

A removable partition and a “do not disturb” sign controlled via the seat give passengers privacy.

Each seat has a soft seat foam, a silky duvet and a comfortable pillow. In addition, there is a storage compartment with a mirror and noise-reducing headphones, an electric socket, two USB ports, an 18.5-inch HD screen, an individually adjustable reading light and mood lighting. A comfort kit in suede and leather, available in elegant colours, is also offered.

The Premium Economy cabin seat has a width of 48.8 cm, a seat recline of 130° inside a fixed shell, lumbar support adapted to different morphologies and additional legroom. The softer seat foams and wider leather armrests have also been redesigned. The footrests, leg and headrests are adjustable. Additional storage, an individual adjustable reading light, a digital tablet stand, power outlet and two USB ports are also offered.

Each customer has noise-cancelling headphones to access entertainment from their individual 13.3-inch HD screen. The comfort kit is renewed every six months, whilst a red feather pillow and a navy blue blanket accompany them throughout their trip.

The Economy cabin offers a seat width of 43 cm, a 118° recline, soft adjustable headrests and ergonomic seat foam. A latest-generation 11.6-inch high-definition individual screen, audio headphones and a USB port accompany a larger seat table. A red blanket and a collection of five cushions inspired by the Air France accent are also available.

On board the redesigned Boeing 777-300s, customers can enjoy on-board Wi-Fi with Air France CONNECT.

By the end of 2020, the entire Air France fleet will be equipped with Wi-Fi. Three different passes are available:

A free “Message” pass for all, to send and receive messages during the entire flight;
A “Surf” pass, costing between €8 and €18 (6,000 Miles) to surf the internet, read and send emails;
A “Stream” pass, costing €30 (10,000 Miles) for high-speed internet access, streaming and downloading, including the “Message” and “Surf” passes.

CES 2020: Hyundai joins Uber Elevate to mass ..

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Hyundai Motor Company has become the first automotive company to join the Uber Elevate initiative, as part of a partnership to develop Uber Air Taxis for a future aerial ride share network.

In this partnership, Hyundai will produce and deploy the air vehicles and Uber will provide airspace support services, connections to ground transportation, and customer interfaces through an aerial ride share network. Both parties are collaborating on infrastructure concepts to support take-off and landing for this new class of vehicles.

“Our vision of Urban Air Mobility will transform the concept of urban transportation,” said Jaiwon Shin, Executive Vice President and Head of Hyundai’s Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Division. “We expect UAM to vitalise urban communities and provide more quality time to people. We are confident that Uber Elevate is the right partner to make this innovative product readily available to as many customers as possible.”

“Hyundai is our first vehicle partner with experience of manufacturing passenger cars on a global scale. We believe Hyundai has the potential to build Uber Air vehicles at rates unseen in the current aerospace industry, producing high quality, reliable aircraft at high volumes to drive down passenger costs per trip. Combining Hyundai’s manufacturing muscle with Uber’s technology platform represents a giant leap forward for launching a vibrant air taxi network in the coming years,” said Eric Allison, Head of Uber Elevate.

In preparation for this announcement, Hyundai has worked with Uber Elevate to develop a PAV (Personal Air Vehicle) model, S-A1, that utilises innovative design processes to optimise electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for aerial ridesharing purposes.

It is designed for a cruising speed up to 180 miles/hr (290 km/hr), a cruising altitude of around 1,000-2,000 feet (300 – 600 mt) above ground, and to fly trips up to 60 mile (100 km).

The Hyundai vehicle will be 100% electric, utilising distributed electric propulsion and during peak hours will require about five to seven minutes for recharging.

The Hyundai vehicle will be piloted initially, but over time they will become autonomous.
The cabin is designed with four passenger seats, allowing riders to board / disembark easily and avoid the dreaded middle seat with enough space for a personal bag or backpack / rider.

Aston Martin Lagonda and Airbus Corporate Hel..

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Aston Martin Lagonda and Airbus Corporate Helicopters have revealed the ACH130 Aston Martin Edition, the first offering from their recently announced partnership.

The aeronautical designers at Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH) and the automotive designers at Aston Martin worked closely together for over a year on a range of four interior and exterior designs generated by Aston Martin.

Available in four external liveries with complementary interiors, the helicopters are embellished with Aston Martin signature elements, starting with the iconic Aston Martin wings, which are embossed onto luxury leather features, positioned throughout the cabin.

The Stirling Green-themed external scheme, which is already flying on the first aircraft, features a painted gradient, which fades down into Jet Black on the underside of the helicopter with Skyfall Silver around the cowlings. Further external liveries are available with other Aston Martin paint colours including Xenon Grey, Arizona or Ultramarine Black exteriors.

Inside, the automotive-inspired cabin, which offers a higher level of comfort, is trimmed in Pure Black ultra-suede with a palette of selectable leathers comprising Oxford Tan, Pure Black, Cormorant and Ivory.

On the rear of the front seats the same brogue detailing that is found in a DB11 runs down the centre of the seat and the doors have been trimmed with leather to provide passengers with comfortable touch points during their flight. By using materials from the Aston Martin automotive palette the interior of this special edition of the ACH130 sits in harmony with the interior of Aston Martin sports cars.

Each of these special edition helicopters will have a plaque included on the instrument panel which shows the partnership logos, the edition number and the owner’s name, should they wish to have it included.

Aston Martin Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman, said: “We have our own set of automotive design principles but in recent years we have been learning how to apply our principles to other areas of design, such as architecture, motorcycles and now helicopters. This first application of our design practices to a helicopter posed a number of interesting challenges but we have enjoyed working through them. Beauty is of vital importance to Aston Martin and to our customers and we think the ACH130 Aston Martin Edition is an inherently beautiful machine. It provided a wonderful canvas for our team to work on so we now look forward to seeing everybody’s reaction.”

Frédéric Lemos, Head of Airbus Corporate Helicopters, also commented: “The ACH130 Aston Martin Edition is optimally positioned in the market for hands-on owners who draw satisfaction from personally piloting their aircraft and it generates strong brand-loyalty. In the same way Aston Martin’s products are cars for drivers who relish being at the wheel and they inspire a comparable attachment to the brand. So they are the perfect partner for us in developing this superb new ACH130 Aston Martin Edition.”

AIM Altitude confirms LATAM project

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AIM Altitude has announced it was responsible for the new front-row monuments (FRMs) for LATAM, on its refreshed fleet of 767 and 777 aircraft.

Following the design concept originated by PriestmanGoode, the front-row monuments mimic the features of the seats, manufactured by Thompson Aero Seating, to create a seamless look throughout the cabin. Referencing the commonalities in landscape across the countries encompassed by LATAM airlines group, the cabin design is modern and aims to offer great comfort. Contemporary, luxurious finishes, in tan and grey tones, set the scene for relaxation.


Hard-wearing materials were selected for high-wear areas, with easily replaced parts in case damage occurs, and for easy refresh.

Stowage was maximised by using an upper literature pocket with wash lighting to promote LATAM’s in-flight magazine – Vamos. A lower stowage pocket provides space for personal goods, and footwell stowage was also created for shoes.

The engineering design of the FRMs was undertaken by AIM Altitude in New Zealand and the monuments were manufactured by AIM Altitude Cabin Interiors in the UK. The first of the new interiors is now in service, with AIM Altitude producing 21 ship sets in total. The seats were manufactured by Thompson Aero Seating in Northern Ireland.

VIDEO: Inflight insights at RedCabin London 2..

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In early December members of the cabin interiors sectors gathered in London, with a view across the city, to discuss trends, issues and innovations as well as to establish collaboration at the RedCabin Aircraft Cabin Innovation Summit.

One of the most exciting reveals from the event was the A/B seatback prototype, revealed on the first day, created by a team of partners brought together by SEKISUI SPI. The idea for the collaboration was sparked six months ago at a previous RedCabin event, following a panel on the next generation of passenger experiences, in which Matthew Coder, onboard experience manager at Alaska Airlines described his dream economy class seat. Ronn Cort, president and COO of SEKISUI brought together panel members to collaborate on a seatback inspired by these requirements.

The Inflight team caught up with Patrick McEneany, creative director of TrendWorks to find out more about the A/B seatback prototype.

Check out our interview with Patrick below!



The team also spoke to RedCabin founder and CEO Monica Wick about the key themes of the event and caught up with workshop leaders to hear some of the emerging trends in cabin interiors.

Find out more here:

British Airways and Aston Martin celebrate su..

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British Airways and Aston Martin have announced a collaboration to produce a limited-edition sports car in honour of Concorde.

The luxury British car manufacturer has created the DBS Superleggera Concorde Edition. Launching in October 2020 each vehicle will feature titanium from compressor blades that were used across British Airways’ supersonic fleet.

DBS Superleggera Concorde

Each model will have a unique CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) approved registration number and British Airways’ iconic Chatham Flag tailfin has been incorporated into the striking design. The exterior features a bespoke painted livery in the airline’s red, white and blue colours, and a black tinted carbon fibre roof emblazoned with Concorde’s streamlined silhouette. The paddle shifters will be made from the original Concorde metal and a Mach Meter graphic will be embroidered on the driver’s sun side visor; some of the many carefully judged design features that have been incorporated to celebrate the remarkable achievements of this aircraft.

Strictly limited to just 10 examples and priced at £321,350, all will be available to purchase exclusively from Aston Martin Bristol.

The announcement was made on the anniversary of Concorde’s flight. On 26 November, 2003, Alpha Foxtrot, the last ever Concorde to be built, touched down for the final time at RAF Filton, which is just three miles from where the cars will be sold and home to one of the 10 Concordes that were made in Britain.

Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO, said: “Concorde was one of the most iconic designs of a generation and will always be a hugely important part of our heritage. In our centenary year we are thrilled to partner with Aston Martin, another British brand with an established history of exceptional design and engineering, and we hope to inspire another generation of aviators and engineers through this exciting partnership.”

The bespoke inspection plaque will be signed by Alex Cruz and Aston Martin Lagonda’s CEO, Dr. Andy Palmer, before the limited-edition cars are handed over to buyers next year.

Jetstar unveils A321LR cabin features

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Jetstar, the Australian low-fare airline, has unveiled the cabin features on its Airbus A321neo (long range) aircraft which it hopes will offer fuel savings and greater passenger comfort.

The airline’s A321LR is expected to join the fleet in August next year, and will seat 232 passengers in a single class cabin.

The new aircraft are set to offer “wider, ergonomic seats, greater stowage and in-flight streaming for personal devices” the Jetstar Group CEO Gareth Evans explained on the unveiling of the cabin interiors, adding: “We think customers are going to love them.”

The ergonomic seats will be provided by Recaro and will feature tapered arm rests in a move to maximise space. The Recaro BL3710 seats will be 18.2 inches wide with 29-inch pitch (for the majority of seats). Jetstar USB port

Seats will also feature a flip-down smartphone and tablet holder as well as in-seat USB power. This will likely be welcome news to passengers who will also be able to enjoy digital streaming of Jetstar’s in-flight entertainment to their own devices, with the IFE featuring new release movies, TV shows and games.

The cabin will benefit from extra-large overhead bins with 40% more room to stow bags, as well as colour LED lighting that adjusts to different stages of flight.

The 18 A321LR aircraft are set to be deployed on domestic routes, and ultimately on some international routes such as Sydney to Bali, and will add capacity on popular routes, with CEO Evans adding “with the potential to free up some Boeing 787 flying for use on other, longer international leisure routes.”
Jetstar A321neoLR onboard

As the aircraft can fly 1,200km further than the current generation of A321s, the airline expect it could enable new city pairs, such as Avalon to Bali, Melbourne to Nadi (Fiji) and Cairns to Auckland.

The new aircraft are expected to burn less fuel than previous generation aircraft (with CFM LEAP engines set to reduce fuel burn by approx 15%), and along with advanced weather detection technology, the airline believes pilots will be able to plot more fuel-efficient flight paths.

Evans added: “We expect our neos to save one point two million kilograms of fuel per year compared with our current generation aircraft. That’s a reduction of almost 4,000 tonnes of emissions or removing 1,500 cars from the road each year.”

To further minimise fuel burn the aircraft will be painted using a new weight-saving technique, and will also operate with lightweight galley carts and freight containers, which Evans said will remove 170kg from each flight.

The aircraft are part of the Qantas Group’s order for 109 A321neos, which includes 36 XLRs, and are due to arrive between August 2020 and mid-2022.

AES Global receives STC for Zero Passenger Co..

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Aerospace Engineering Solutions (AES Global), has been awarded EASA Supplement Type Certificate (STC) for Zero Passenger Configuration.

This latest STC applies to Boeing 737 and Boeing 757 variant aircraft types and allows the operator and lessors to fly aircraft legally with a Zero passenger configuration.

Anton Heissig, director and head of Design for AES Global said: “Receiving this STC has allowed AES Global to respond to our customers request in offering the flexibility of flying their aircraft with an incomplete cabin. The STC was achieved successfully within a very challenging timeline and allows us to continue the evolution of the STC with expanded applicability to encompass additional aircraft types. As a leading DOA we look forward to supporting our current and prospective customers.”