Steps into a private aicraft cabin

The Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance to welcome business aviation

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Steps into a private aicraft cabin

IAMA, the Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance is expanding its advocacy and support services to serve the business aviation industry.

Like their commercial counterparts, business aviation stakeholders can benefit from the alliance’s services through a basic, advisory, or full membership. IAMA also offers a free subscription for owners and operators, allowing complimentary access to standard and educational content.

“After a successful year advocating for the commercial aircraft retrofit industry, we strongly believe that business aircraft modifiers, owners and operators will also benefit from our programs, and new initiatives targeted at their specific needs,” said Nicole Noack, managing director of IAMA. “IAMA-endorsed STC solutions help to reassure owners and operators that their modification will be of the highest quality, while also providing for adequate after-sales support and ease of aircraft transfer.”

Since its launch in early 2020, IAMA developed its Rulebook which details high-quality standards for commercial aircraft modifications achieved through Supplemental Type Certificates (STC). The online resource, specifically designed to provide consistent, reliable results, directs aircraft modifiers on how to deliver superior quality service over the entire aircraft modification lifecycle. IAMA endorsed STC-approved solutions ensure that effective modernisations meet aircraft operator and owner needs.

IAMA provides educational content and practical guidance for the latest modification trends. The alliance offers its members a platform which covers a wide range of topics from aircraft de-modification to considerations for After-Sales service. Furthermore, IAMA pursues solutions to improve the cross-border transferability of aircraft with approved STCs, as well as cooperating with OEMs to ensure fair and predictable access to approved data.

AIM Altitude's ARCA is reinventing the gallery service

ARCA galley system unveiled

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AIM Altitude's ARCA is reinventing the gallery service

AIM Altitude has unveiled ARCA – an efficient galley system that offers enhanced hygiene whilst giving back space to airlines and increasing sustainability.

ARCA is a new boxed meal system. Rather than crew having to handle open meal trays packed with loose components, ARCA consists simply of a hot meal-pack and an accompanying boxed cold meal-pack, which nest securely together. The majority of the contents are safely sealed away in the box. This has significant benefits for hygiene, passenger confidence and minimising the risk of transmitting infection.

The ARCA meal-pack boxes double as closing waste-containers. This was originally intended to aid recycling and divert waste from landfills, but since the pandemic, also has the advantage of reducing crew contact with left-over food and used utensils.

AIM Altitude is part of AVIC Cabin Systems (ACS) a global alliance of cabin interiors specialists. Ross Burns, Head of Industrial Design at AVIC Cabin Systems and co-creator of ARCA said: “We originally developed ARCA before Covid-19. The concept was devised to make aircraft meals more eco-friendly, more easily customised, and to save galley space. All of these positives are still achieved by ARCA but it is also now hugely relevant in enhancing hygiene, helping crew and passengers to maintain social distancing and lessening the risk of infection.”

ARCA can be retrofitted with minimal reconfiguration. Its architecture seamlessly integrates into the existing airframe and central crew areas are easily configured so familiarity and efficiency are not compromised. Common inserts such as ovens, coffee makers and water boilers can still be used.

ARCA is highly customisable, from the galley system itself being adaptable for twin- and single-aisle aircraft, to the meal boxes, which can be uniquely designed with the latest brand graphics.

Its adaptable nature means ARCA is future proof. It can be further configured to allow self-service, snack offerings, or to be used as a dedicated stowage for special meals. The ARCA core principles are translatable to other platforms such as the A320 and B737, to maximise the true potential of this significant design.

The ARCA pack is stackable and has a much smaller footprint than a tray. Meals are stored in an aesthetically pleasing, refrigerated aisle-stowage unit. Boxed in sets of 16, the meals can be easily moved onto an ARCA-designed, lightweight folding trolley for meal service.

ARCA caters for the same number of passengers within a smaller footprint, thereby enabling airlines to reclaim lost space compared to a traditional configuration, enough to allow for an extra row of seats or a monument feature. The ARCA design also facilitates the replacement of heavy and expensive trolley equipment, which translates into a beneficial weight-saving.

ARCA offers compostable and recyclable packaging to enable zero landfill flights. In co-operation with the catering partner, the meal-pack contents can be customised by the passenger. They benefit by receiving the food of their choice, with satisfied passengers and food-waste reduction the likely consequences. After the meal, the carrier boxes are repurposed into waste containers for recycling and separate compacting.

Burns commented: “Air travel has long been criticised for its carbon footprint, but the sustainability debate has now reached a new level of urgency, along with the need for Covid-secure cabins. We have had great feedback from potential customers, reinforcing our belief that ARCA could be a real revolution in meal service in terms of sustainability, space efficiency, and hygiene.”

Korean Air A220

Korean Air trials wireless IFE

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Korean Air A220

From May, Korean Air will begin a six-month trial of its Inflight Dublin’s Wireless IFE solution, Everhub.

The Everhub software platform will be accessible to Korean Air’s passengers through Inflight Dublin’s web-based passenger application which features a brand-aligned Graphical User Interface (GUI) available in up to 12 languages. The content package consists of Hollywood blockbusters and TV shows, selected International content, documentaries and games.

“We are excited to be working with Inflight Dublin to expand our on-board wireless entertainment experience on legacy fleets for our passengers to enjoy while using their own devices. The entire process has been seamless and we look forward to seeing the benefits of the solution in action,” commented Connor Lee, VP of Marketing Department, Korean Air

“We are delighted to be partnering with Korean Air and to expand our reach to the Korean market. More and more airlines are developing their IFE offering to incorporate Wireless, recognising the cost, operational, and hygiene benefits the system delivers. We look forward to providing the highest quality experience to Korean Air’s passengers,” added Barry Flynn, Inflight Dublin’s CCO.

The €1 million project took approximately 2500 manhours to complete and features VIP seating for 12 passengers which includes high gloss carbon fibre veneer surfaces, soft furnishings in tasteful shades of grey, polished smoked nickel with glossy clear coat metal platings throughout and stylish white marble countertops and stone floors in the galley and restroom.

FAI Technik completes extensive Challenger 604 refurb project

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The €1 million project took approximately 2500 manhours to complete and features VIP seating for 12 passengers which includes high gloss carbon fibre veneer surfaces, soft furnishings in tasteful shades of grey, polished smoked nickel with glossy clear coat metal platings throughout and stylish white marble countertops and stone floors in the galley and restroom.

Nuremberg, Germany-based MRO, FAI Technik GmbH, part of the FAI Aviation Group, has completed its latest full refurbishment, a pre-owned Bombardier Challenger 604 (MSN 5412) on behalf of a corporate client.

The €1 million project took approximately 2500 manhours to complete and features VIP seating for 12 passengers which includes high gloss carbon fibre veneer surfaces, soft furnishings in tasteful shades of grey, polished smoked nickel with glossy clear coat metal platings throughout and stylish white marble countertops and stone floors in the galley and restroom. The luxury interior is complemented by Gogo´s Aviator 300 with intermediate gain antenna, Wi-Fi internet and Collins´ Airshow 500 installation.

“FAI Technik has successfully completed another highly demanding, first-class interior refurbishment project, following the completion of our standout Global Express ‘Project Pearl’ in 2020. This latest project further reinforces FAI Technik´s competency in turnkey refurbishments at flat rate pricing,” said Siegfried Axtmann, FAI´s Group Chairman.

JetBlue has partnered with Dig to bring its signature build-your-own dining concept to tray tables at 35,000 feet – JetBlue’s first complimentary meal in core.

JetBlue unveils Core experience for transatlantic flights

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JetBlue has partnered with Dig to bring its signature build-your-own dining concept to tray tables at 35,000 feet – JetBlue’s first complimentary meal in core.

JetBlue has provided more details of its transatlantic onboard service, with a reveal of what Core (economy class) passengers can expect.

“From generous personal space to our innovative build-your-own dining concept, every detail has been thoughtfully designed and will be made even better with the attentive service standards that a single-aisle aircraft allows,” said Jayne O’Brien, Head of Marketing and Loyalty, JetBlue. “We know all too well the pain points of international flying – the dreaded centre section, the ‘choice’ of assembly-line chicken or beef, and the lack of connectivity. JetBlue is ready to change all that with our take on transatlantic travel where you are well taken care of and fully connected if you want to be.”

JetBlue’s transatlantic flights will feature its newest innovation – a build-your-own meal designed by the New York-based restaurant group, Dig, that puts the customer in control, allowing them to customise their own meal right on their seatback screen.

The Dig menu will feature a seasonal selection of proteins, vegetables and grains mindfully sourced in part from minority and women-run farms, as well as Dig’s own farm, Dig Acres. Customers will have the option to choose one of three main selections including a protein or vegetable that comes with a base, and two out of three hot and chilled side options. Menu items will feature hearty offerings, such as roasted chicken thigh over a base of brown rice with herbs and spiced eggplant over coconut cauliflower quinoa, with sides including Dig’s beloved mac and cheese and a mixed heirloom tomato salad sourced directly from Dig Acres in upstate New York. For morning departures, the menu will include a mix of sweet and savory breakfast dishes, including a mixed berry bread pudding and citrus salad with local honey.

Additional food and beverage offerings for core customers will include a specially designed onboard Pantry with a self-serve grab & go snack basket for customers to enjoy throughout their flight. There will also be complimentary soft drinks, coffee, tea, beer, wine and liquor, as well as a dessert for a sweet treat post-meal, and a light bite prior to arrival.

JetBlue will serve its meals in reusable containers and provide customers with cutlery made from a natural polymer.

“When we shook up premium travel with Mint, one of the biggest ‘wow’ moments for our customers was our fresh take on dining. Great food doesn’t have to be limited to the premium cabin, and our customers in core also deserve a dining experience that is thoughtfully prepared and offers choices,” said O’Brien. “Dig has earned a big following in New York, Boston and Philadelphia, where customers love the fresh ingredients and customisable concept. We wanted customers in the air to have the same freedom to design their own meal, just like they would if they were dining at a Dig restaurant.”

Customers in both core and Mint – JetBlue’s recently refreshed premium experience – will be able to stay connected throughout the flight with the airline’s unlimited, free high-speed Wi-Fi. In addition, customers will have access to a curated selection of live TV channels focused on news and sports, and an extensive library of seatback entertainment – allowing customers to have a multiple screen experience onboard.

JetBlue will introduce the Airbus A321 Long Range single-aisle aircraft with the Airspace by Airbus interior to its fleet for the airline’s highly anticipated transatlantic service. The single-aisle aircraft will allow JetBlue to offer customers attentive, boutique-style service, while also ensuring ample personal space, larger overhead bins, customised lighting and a design that gives the cabin a wide-body feel.

Passengers flying on JetBlue's new A321LR will be able to watch live sports in-flight

JetBlue to offer live sport in-flight

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Passengers flying on JetBlue's new A321LR will be able to watch live sports in-flight

Panasonic Avionics will supply live sports in-flight onboard JetBlue’s Airbus A321 Long Range aircraft.

JetBlue’s new fleet of Airbus A321LR aircraft due to be delivered from 2021 onwards, will be outfitted with the service, which expands the airline’s IFE options with Sport 24, with satellite-based streaming facilitated by the airline’s connectivity provider.

Mariya Stoyanova, Director of Product Development, JetBlue, said: “JetBlue’s commitment to our customers’ onboard experience is one we take extremely seriously. Installing this award-winning live sports platform on our new international fleet of A321LRs will ensure they remain entertained and connected at 30,000ft.”

FCC installs its first Ka-band system on Bombardier Challenger 604.

Flying Colours Corp set for its first Challenger 604 Ka-band install

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FCC installs its first Ka-band system on Bombardier Challenger 604.

Flying Colours has begun its first Ka-band installation on a super-mid-size, privately owned Bombardier Challenger 604.

As part of a wider 96-month heavy maintenance check the Flying Colours Corp. avionics team will equip the aircraft with a Honeywell JetWave Ka-band high-speed satcom system. Installation of a tail-mounted antenna, internal wiring, and fitting of a Satcom Direct Router (SDR) will optimise cabin connectivity and Wi-Fi access in-flight.

“The installation of Ka-band on larger jets is the norm, but this is the first Challenger 604 that we have upgraded to the high-speed offering. It highlights the growing importance of connectivity across the aviation spectrum,” said Executive VP, Flying Colours, Eric Gillespie. “Our customer recognised the many benefits of the higher frequency service and how it enhances the flight experience, especially on international flights. The upgrade was available through the Bombardier Service Bulletin and we’re excited to make the installation. Looking forward we anticipate we’ll be seeing more requests for faster connectivity solutions on a wider number of airframe sizes as connectivity becomes a lead priority for owners and operators.”

IAMA Rulebook

IAMA releases Rulebook update with focus on efficiency

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IAMA Rulebook

IAMA, the Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance, has released version 2.0 of its Rulebook.

Launched in March 2020, the Rulebook strives to address lessor, operator and owner needs throughout the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) lifecycle. Driven by the alliance’s Standard working group, the Rulebook focuses on instruction to address airline and lessor concerns. It offers a standards-based process designed to provide consistent, reliable results. The working group follows a continuous improvement process to create an exhaustive guide, covering all aspects of an STC project. Topics ranging from documentation to communication, project management standards, aircraft transferability and maintainability are discussed in great detail.

IAMA Rulebook 2.0 incorporates new rules for two new pain points, while also establishing additional rules for cabin interior retrofits and entry into service programs. The first set of new rules was created to address STC-based modification maintainability. IAMA enlisted the help of honours engineering students from the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences to research the subject. With the support of IATA, DLR Institute of Air Transportation Systems and Tronos Aviation Consulting, the research was used to create procedures that will streamline processes and, in the long run, reduce aircraft downtime. Validating STCs can prove challenging to aircraft transferability. IAMA has implemented new rules designed to ensure all stakeholders are aware of the validation path and timeline in advance, to avoid such delays. With an objective to expand further on this topic, IAMA’s Certification and Authority Affairs working group also continues to pursue ways to simplify aircraft transfers between aviation authority jurisdictions.

“We are working to develop customer-centric standards to encompass the entire STC lifecycle,” said Nicole Noack, managing director of IAMA. “One of our top priorities is to ensure the IAMA Rulebook is always being updated and improved. Engaging with aircraft operators, owners and lessors helps us to understand their pain points around STCs. This allows us to keep advancing, adding to, and refining the rules our modifier members are committed to following. Rulebook 2.0 incorporates new rules which we are confident will continue to support improved efficiency and strengthen STC quality.”

“The Rulebook is the backbone of the alliance’s objectives,” observed Noack. “My team and I are proud of the extremely positive reception this resource has received, and we are delighted with the level of airline and lessor engagement. Through transparency, open communication, and continuous improvement—along with our recently launched auditing system—we are establishing standards that support modifiers in their delivery of the highest quality results.”

Dutch investment company Panta Holdings has expanded its aerospace footprint with the acquisition of aviation aftermarket businesses Fokker Services and Fokker Techniek from Fokker Technologies/GKN Aerospace.

Panta acquires Fokker Services and Fokker Techniek

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Dutch investment company Panta Holdings has expanded its aerospace footprint with the acquisition of aviation aftermarket businesses Fokker Services and Fokker Techniek from Fokker Technologies/GKN Aerospace.

Dutch investment company Panta Holdings has expanded its aerospace footprint with the acquisition of aviation aftermarket businesses Fokker Services and Fokker Techniek from Fokker Technologies/GKN Aerospace.

Under the new ownership, the companies will continue to work closely and invest in technology innovations, advanced processes and engineering excellence in the aerospace aftermarket.

Fokker Services and Fokker Techniek will be jointly led by experienced industry executives, Roland van Dijk and Menzo van der Beek.

Honeywell UV cabin cleaning system

GA Telesis offering latest Honeywell UV Treatment System

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Honeywell UV cabin cleaning system

GA Telesis has expanded its Tarmac Solutions Group inventory with the latest version of Honeywell’s UV Treatment System.

The new version is lighter and easier to navigate within aircraft cabins. Other enhancements include a handheld wand and increased mobility, allowing access in the confined areas of the cockpit and lavatories. These latest features can now also be applied to other transportation modes outside of aviation including bus, rail, cruise liners, and automobiles. In some cases, when compared with other products on the market, the UV Treatment System can deliver results that are up to 80% more cost-effective per application with no chemical induction.

“GA Telesis is proud to continue our long partnership with Honeywell in bringing this latest state-of-the-art technology to market as airlines rebuild their networks,” said Jason Reed, President of the Flight Solutions Group. “With the success of our initial agreement for the Honeywell UV Cabin System, we have no doubt this new product will be a hit with the industry and bring passengers back to airlines sooner than expected,” added Reed.