As part of the NBAA-BACE convention this week in Las Vegas, Dassault Aviation is displaying a full-scale cabin mock-up for the new Falcon 10X ultra-long-range

Dassault unveils full-scale 10X cabin mock-up

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As part of the NBAA-BACE convention this week in Las Vegas, Dassault Aviation is displaying a full-scale cabin mock-up for the new Falcon 10X ultra-long-range

As part of the NBAA-BACE convention this week in Las Vegas, Dassault Aviation is displaying a full-scale cabin mock-up for the new Falcon 10X ultra-long-range. After the show, the mock-up will remain in the US for individual customer tours. A second mock-up will be available to customers at Dassault’s Paris-Le Bourget showroom.

“The Falcon 10X is not just another intercontinental contender, it’s in a league of its own and has to be experienced first-hand to be fully appreciated,” said Dassault Aviation Chairman and CEO Eric Trappier. “Because of its sheer size and imaginative layout, you’ll move about this cabin differently, much more easily, than in any competing business jet. The 10X will provide the ultimate in privacy and in collaborative workspace—indeed, it will be able to provide both at the same time.”

Compared to a flying penthouse due to its spaciousness and homelike ambience, the 10X cabin is endlessly customisable. The 10X cabin is 6-feet, 8-inches (2.03 m) tall and 9-feet, 1-inch (2.77 m) wide, a larger cross section than some modern regional jets.

Detailed design for the jet will be completed before year-end, with parts production beginning in 2022. Many components and structures will come from Dassault’s new Factory 4.0 smart manufacturing facility in Seclin, France. A redesigned building at Dassault’s plant in Biarritz will manufacturer the advanced all-composite wing.

“The Falcon 10X will be the new benchmark in business aviation,” said Trappier. “We’re eager to see industry reaction at NBAA-BACE, we anticipate a very positive response.”

Redesigned Falcon 8X cabin

Dassault Aviation unveils enhanced Falcon 8X cabin experience

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Redesigned Falcon 8X cabin

Dassault Aviation has pulled the wraps off a new, enhanced interior design intended to provide added comfort and ergonomics on its flagship aircraft, the ultra-long-range Falcon 8X.

“The upgrade incorporates the latest cabin technology and contemporary stylistic thinking from our interior teams,” said Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation. “We’ve taken a proven platform, and, with the help of extensive customer input, enhanced it with a range of new features intended to enhance cabin comfort.”

Drawing on innovative features in the award-winning cabin of the Falcon 6X, the restyled interior design for the Falcon 8X presents a fresh look, with flowing lines and curved surfaces intended to provide a perception of uninterrupted spaciousness from one end to the other. New LED lighting, including high-quality white light and a variety of programmable settings, reduces strain on the eyes while new sunrise/sunset functions help adapt to new time zones and stimulate a natural circadian rhythm on long, intercontinental flights.

The 8X cabin remains the most versatile in the industry, with multiple cabin configuration options, including a spacious galley, plus-size stateroom options, and an optional extended aft lavatory with shower. At the same time, it allows a high degree of customisation.

New acoustics reinforce the 8X cabin’s standing as the quietest on the market. Noise levels average below 50 dB— as quiet as a suburban living room —thanks to careful acoustic mapping and application of isolation mounts, noise reduction materials and fine tuning of environment systems designed to modulate potentially distracting frequencies.

Throughout the cabin, the reimagined design includes subtle changes specially introduced to improve the passenger experience. This includes additional iPad storage and charging areas in the mid-cabin bulkhead that keep personal devices easily accessible but out of sight when not required. The entryway/galley area also displays a number of new features — largely based on cabin crew feedback — including a more comfortable crew rest area and an improved, more efficient galley equipped with a larger sink, new faucet, better lighting, larger chiller, and increased storage space.

A new Innovative Cabin System (ICS) combines and simplifies control of cabin management and entertainment functions. The ICS interface is intuitive and can be activated via a personal device or via cabin touch panels flush mounted into the cabin side ledge. The cabin is fully Bluetooth capable, allowing passengers to stream music through the aircraft’s speakers or through a wireless headset. Once connected through Bluetooth, the ICS app identifies a passenger’s seated location and proposes environmental settings for temperature, lighting and window shade adjustment.

Dassault’s FalconConnect communications service provides a full line-up of passenger cabin connectivity applications, including real-time videoconferencing, voice over IP, Internet browsing, and email, virtually anywhere, anytime. Other passenger-pleasing features include FalconSkyView, which streams the view ahead on aircraft outfitted with external cameras, and the 8X’s Digital Flight Control System, whose design ensures an ultra-smooth ride, whatever the weather conditions, making the cabin experience more peaceful and relaxing than ever before.

ATR has opened the doors to its brand new innovative Customer Experience Studio at its headquarters in France.

ATR opens Customer Experience Studio

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ATR has opened the doors to its brand new innovative Customer Experience Studio at its headquarters in France.

ATR has opened the doors to its brand new innovative Customer Experience Studio at its headquarters in France. Equipped with seven cameras, a high-performance sound system, touch screens and virtual reality devices, the ATR Customer Experience Studio is the first of its kind in the aeronautical industry.

Through a series of interactive digital experiences, this fully connected space will enable ATR to bring its customers and stakeholders from all over the world to its headquarters, both remotely and in person, for a fully customisable and comprehensive touch and feel tour of its products and services – with a key focus on the manufacturer’s main competitive advantages, including the low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of its aircraft family.

Stefano Bortoli, Chief Executive Officer of ATR, commented: “ATR never stands still. The COVID-19 pandemic has deeply transformed our lives, however it also acted as a catalyst in the transition towards new innovative ways of connecting to our customers and stakeholders. This Customer Experience Studio will bring the world to ATR, no matter where they are, offering a premium and customisable experience. With this digital-first approach it will show, not tell, how ATR plays a leading role in regional aviation, at the forefront of sustainability, innovation and comfort. It is a significant investment to support our long-term vision, in line with our policy of continuous innovation.”

Gulfstream G400 interior and exterior

Gulfstream unwraps new aircraft

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Gulfstream G400 interior and exterior

Gulfstream Aerospace has officially introduced two all-new aircraft: the Gulfstream G800, the longest-range aircraft in Gulfstream history, and the Gulfstream G400, the first new entrant to the large-cabin class in more than a decade.

“For more than six decades, Gulfstream has led the business aviation industry with our commitment to continuous improvement and by consistently setting new standards for safety, performance, innovation and comfort,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “Today marks a major milestone and investment in our company’s future with the introduction of the G800, our fastest longest-range aircraft yet, and the G400, the industry’s first new large-cabin aircraft in more than a decade.”

The G800 offers customers the longest range in the Gulfstream fleet with its 8,000-nautical-mile/14,816 km range.

“We designed the ultralong-range G800 to extend our customers’ reach to more people and places around the world,” said Burns. “The G800 redefines what it means to go farther faster in a Gulfstream and offers even more time savings with its impressive range at high speed.”

The G800 is designed to seat up to 19 passengers and offers up to four living areas or three living areas with crew compartment. It also features the signature Gulfstream Cabin Experience with 100% fresh, never recirculated air, whisper-quiet noise levels, industry-leading low cabin altitude and 16 Gulfstream panoramic oval windows.

The all-new G400 offers a combination of long-range, high-speed performance; cabin comfort; and environmental efficiency unrivalled in its class.

Three floorplans are offered, with options for seating up to nine, 11 or 12 passengers, and the G400 provides the signature Gulfstream Cabin Experience and 10 Gulfstream panoramic oval windows.

“The G400 was conceived and designed with direct customer input. It features revolutionary reliability and safety features we pioneered with our award-winning Symmetry Flight Deck and the largest cabin in its class, making it an outstanding addition to our next-generation fleet,” said Burns. “The aircraft re-envisions this market segment with its maximum operational flexibility and enhanced cabin comfort.”

Additional health and safety enhancements include 100% fresh, never recirculated and never refiltered air; the lowest cabin altitude in their respective classes, and a plasma-ionising clean air system neutralising 99.9% of airborne bacteria, spores and odours.

G800 customer deliveries are anticipated to begin in 2023 and G400 deliveries are anticipated to begin in 2025.

Hong Zhao, COO of Royole Corporation, and Alejandro Morales, Airbus Project Leader for Flexible Display, attended the Airshow China to showcase together the cabin flexible display prototypes

Royole & Airbus unveil cabin flexible display prototypes

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Hong Zhao, COO of Royole Corporation, and Alejandro Morales, Airbus Project Leader for Flexible Display, attended the Airshow China to showcase together the cabin flexible display prototypes

Royole and Airbus have revealed a series of cabin flexible display prototypes, the first under the partnership established in 2018.

“Fully flexible display is an ultra-thin and ultra-light cutting-edge technology, adapting to any cabin surface with minimum integration efforts. Working as a ‘sticker’, it is the human-machine interface of the future in aviation, we are making it real with Royole, and we will continue to work together to push the boundaries of what is possible for aviation,” said Alejandro Morales, Airbus Project Leader for Flexible Display.

“Utilising fully flexible displays instead of traditional LCDs in aircraft can reduce both cost and weight, saving fuel and reducing carbon emissions in airliners,” said Hong Zhao, COO of Royole Corporation, “which will provide new paths to improving the sustainability of our world.”

According to Royole, its flexible solutions will save hundreds of thousands dollars of fuel annually, and meet the industry’s strict quality and safety standards, passing the AS9100 and DO160 tests for flammability, toxicity and smoke.

F/LIST Pure Metal and Fresco Decor finishes

F/LIST launches new decorative finishes

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F/LIST Pure Metal and Fresco Decor finishes

Austria-based F. LIST has introduced three new surface finishes to the business jet market. The first-of-a-kind Pure Metal, Fresco Décor and Glass Wood Veneer finishes provide distinctive decorative results, designed to embellish cabin schemes throughout the aircraft.

The sleek Pure Metal Finish (image left) employs metals and alloys to produce ‘striking’ patterns and textures on virtually any surface type and structural shape. Four surface finishes – smooth veneer, fine stippled, coarse stippled and brushed – are currently available in copper, tin, bronze, and brass. In addition, Pure Metal Finish weighs 20% less than conventional metal finishes.

Fresco Décor (image right) finish delivers ‘luxuriously’ embossed, three-dimensional surfaces to normally one-dimensional areas. Ultraleather, Ultrasuede, or other specified soft materials, are fashioned into different shapes, with embossing depths of up to 4 mm, to create subtle light and shadow effects. In addition to bringing natural forms to the interior, the material also has acoustic properties that can dampen sound, making it a practical surface, for quiet zones, sleeping and rest areas.

For an ultra-deep gloss appearance, the Glass Wood Veneer adds an exquisite sheen to real wood veneers by layering high-tech, hygienic, Aviationglass onto flat surfaces in the galley or wet areas. Segments can also be customised with layers of the mirrors to represent corporate logos or other representative images. Glass Wood Veneer also incorporates interactive technologies to optimise cabin functionality, while retaining cabin elegance.

Each finish has received certification, allowing for their immediate use in the cabin.

“We anticipate that these stunning new options will inspire, aviation designers, OEMs, and completion centres to think even more creatively about interior styling. Cabins now represent offices, leisure areas, conference rooms and homes, often all in one flight, which is why we want to provide our customers with new ways of enhancing them. Interiors are also becoming a significant factor in purchasing decisions and we remain committed to helping our customers make their offerings stand out,” explained Anita Gradwohl, Group Director Customer Relations & Sales of F/LIST.

As part of a fleet renewal, Air France has taken delivery of its first Airbus A220-300, the company’s latest addition to its fleet on its short and medium-haul network.

Air France unwraps its first Airbus A220-300

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As part of a fleet renewal, Air France has taken delivery of its first Airbus A220-300, the company’s latest addition to its fleet on its short and medium-haul network.

As part of a fleet renewal, Air France has taken delivery of its first Airbus A220-300, the company’s latest addition to its fleet on its short and medium-haul network.

By 2025 Air France will have integrated the 60 A220-300s ordered in 2019 to gradually replace its Airbus A318s and A319s as well as several Airbus A320s.

“The arrival of a new aircraft is always a special occasion for an airline. All the Air France teams have spent over two years preparing for this moment and we are excited to see our customers discover the optimal comfort offered by this aircraft. The cabin is more spacious, brighter, and offers full Wi-Fi-connectivity, further contributing to the upmarket positioning of our offer,” said Anne Rigail, CEO of Air France.

The Air France Airbus A220-300 has 148 seats, in a 3-2 seat configuration (5 seats across) offering 80% of customers a window or aisle seat. It offers two travel cabins, Business and Economy, and access to Air France Connect, the airline’s in-flight Wi-Fi service, provided by Intelsat.

“We are honoured to partner with Air France and delight their passengers with a superior inflight connectivity experience on Airbus’ state-of-the-art A220 aircraft,” said John Wade, President, Commercial Aviation of Intelsat. “This award expands the total Intelsat fleet at Air France to 143 aircraft, including widebody B777s and A330s. Air France is the third airline partner to select Intelsat on the A220 airframe and our first 2Ku line-fit European airline partner.”

“Accessing the internet and being able to stay in touch with family and friends while traveling has become a must have for our customers,” said Fabien Pelous, Senior Vice President Customer Experience of Air France. “We are happy to partner with Intelsat to provide this service to our customers.”

The seat is the widest on the market (48 cm). It reclines to 118 degrees and has an adjustable headrest, leather upholstery and an ergonomic seat cushion for enhanced comfort. A wide solid tray table, cup holder, a pouch for storing magazines and books, individual USB A and C ports and tablet or smartphone holder integrated into the backrest complete the package.

The cabin, the most spacious and brightest in its category, is decorated in the Air France signature colours – shades of blue, a strong presence of white providing light and contrast, and a hint of red symbolise the airline’s ‘excellence and know-how’. The carpet revisits the traditional ornamental herringbone pattern, symbolising the emblematic Haussmann-inspired world of Parisian apartments.

Large panoramic windows provide natural light for the duration of the trip. From boarding to landing, specially-adapted cabin mood lighting settings create bright, dynamic lighting for the welcome and disembarkation phases and softer lighting for a more relaxed, serene atmosphere during the flight. The spacious baggage racks are easy to access. The central aisle is particularly wide, allowing customers to move about at ease.

Finally, as on the entire Air France fleet, the air in the cabin is renewed every three minutes thanks to a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air)-type filter air recycling system that eliminates 99.9% of particles and viruses.

The Boeing 737-700 features 50th anniversary logos of both Southwest Airlines and Walt Disney World Resort

Southwest Airlines and Walt Disney World Resort jointly celebrate golden anniversary

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The Boeing 737-700 features 50th anniversary logos of both Southwest Airlines and Walt Disney World Resort

Southwest Airlines and Walt Disney World Resort have unveiled a special co-branded commemorative aircraft honouring 50 years of each company.

The Boeing 737-700 features 50th anniversary logos of both Southwest Airlines and Walt Disney World Resort and is emblazoned with a unique EARidescent treatment created by Walt Disney World Resort especially for its milestone celebration.

This special promotional aircraft also brings Walt Disney World Resort magic into the interior, as overhead bins and window shades feature Disney characters in the EARidescent treatment.

Southwest Customers can enjoy a sneak peek at some of the magic of the Walt Disney World Resort 50th anniversary celebration with exclusive video on the carrier’s in-flight entertainment portal and the Walt Disney World on-demand TV series channel. The video highlights some of the special moments at the resort to come throughout the 18-month anniversary celebration, and will be available onboard beginning 1 October 2021, when The World’s Most Magical Celebration begins.

TT Electronics has launched its Digital Cabin experience at the Aircraft Interiors Expo (14-16 September 2021), showcasing excellence in next generation aircraft interiors at the virtual event.

TT Electronics launches virtual cabin experience

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TT Electronics has launched its Digital Cabin experience at the Aircraft Interiors Expo (14-16 September 2021), showcasing excellence in next generation aircraft interiors at the virtual event.

TT Electronics has launched its Digital Cabin experience at the Aircraft Interiors Expo (14-16 September 2021), showcasing excellence in next generation aircraft interiors at the virtual event.

Hosted by trade organisation ADS, the Digital Cabin uses 3D Web-GL technology to deliver a virtual aircraft cabin space where aircraft interiors companies can showcase their products and services to a global audience. OEMs and airline buyers can engage with the products in a new and immersive way.

TT  worked with ADS to build a virtual space within the business class cabin, showcasing its design-led human machine interface (HMI) solutions including passenger control units, mood lighting, and illuminated signage.

The Digital Cabin is accessed via a standard web page; its computer graphics enable users to visualise a realistic cabin, viewable online via computer, tablet, or mobile device. By navigating around the page using clickable hot spots, users can browse the different products such as seats, galleys, and lighting. Products are also indexed and text-searchable.

Terry Moss, Sales Director at TT Electronics commented: “The cancellation of trade shows and ongoing travel restrictions during the COVID pandemic has meant that the traditional routes to market have been disrupted. Yet our HMI technologies are visual by nature – the ability to touch and interact with our solutions is important. The Digital Cabin enables customers to immerse themselves in the virtual aircraft cabin where our products are brought to life in a smart, 3D interactive medium.”

To take a virtual tour of the Digital Cabin visit digitalcabin.aero/

Air Canada Rouge has lifted the lid of its seats (premium) and crew uniforms being introduced on nine A321s from this autumn

Air Canada Rouge resumes service with refreshed offerings

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Air Canada Rouge has lifted the lid of its seats (premium) and crew uniforms being introduced on nine A321s from this autumn

Air Canada Rouge, Air Canada’s leisure airline, has provided a glimpse of the cabin interior that will grace nine Airbus A321 aircraft from its 39-aircraft Rouge Fleet.

These nine aircraft feature a new contemporary interior design with Rouge brand accents and will be configured with leather seats offering a 30-inch seat pitch in the Economy cabin. The A321 Rouge aircraft also offer upgraded personal power options, including USB-C ports, and a convenient personal electronic device holder integrated into the seatback.

With the resumption of Air Canada Rouge service, which had been suspended since spring 2021, passengers can also enjoy recent product and design enhancements onboard all Rouge aircraft. This includes an upgraded streaming entertainment, providing passengers with complimentary access to tv and films via their own device or through a complimentary, sanitised iPad in Premium Rouge.

Rouge flight attendants will also be sporting a new uniform featuring many pieces of the award-winning Air Canada mainline uniform, accented with new neckwear and brevets to represent the Rouge brand.

All Air Canada Rouge flights are operated with narrow-body Airbus aircraft offering high-speed Wi-Fi (available for purchase) and a choice of Premium Rouge and Economy services. Customers travelling in the Premium Rouge cabin will be offered a complimentary bar and beverage service, and a complimentary meal on flights over two hours, or a snack on flights of shorter duration.

The first Airbus A321 aircraft to feature the improvements will enter service later this autumn.
“Air Canada Rouge remains integral to Air Canada’s overall strategy. As we emerge from the pandemic, we anticipate increased demand for vacation travel and from customers flying to enjoy overdue visits with family and friends. Air Canada’s leisure airline is ideally suited to serve this market with a compelling array of leisure destinations and an inviting travel experience so that the holidays begin as soon as customers board an Air Canada Rouge aircraft,” said Jon Turner, Vice President Inflight Services and President, Rouge Operations, at Air Canada.