FACC announces commitment to sustainable packaging

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Aircraft component supplier FACC has a goal to achieve carbon-neutral manufacturing by 2040 and the company has announced it is using new, sustainable packaging going forward.

For smaller parts, it avoids plastic and only packaging and filling materials made of recycled cardboard are used.

For overseas deliveries and complex systems requiring additional filling material, air cushion foil is produced at FACC from sustainable materials with recycled content of 40% and it is produced in a 100% carbon-neutral process. According to FACC, it is essential that the foil is inflated with air only after reaching its destination: in this way, transport of the foil requires around 25 times less space than before. This alone saves 30 truck trips per year. In total, this amounts to CO2 savings of approximately 40 metric tons, equivalent to the consumption of around 20 single-family homes per year.

FACC says the foil was tested and certified by the company specifically for use in aviation. Two newly acquired machines will supply logistics with the sustainable packaging material in the future.

“In the best case, greater sustainability goes hand in hand with greater efficiency,” said CEO Robert Machtlinger. “With these measures, we have not only minimised our environmental footprint, but also cut costs.”

In addition, total packaging effort at the newly constructed ergonomic packing table was reduced by half by improving processes. This translates into significant savings, given that approximately 100,000 m2 of cardboard are required per year.

Celebrate the 51st UAE National Day with Emirates

Emirates celebrates 51st UAE National Day on board

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Celebrate the 51st UAE National Day with Emirates

Emirates is marking the 51st UAE National Day with a range of exciting activities that include new design motifs and lighting schemes in its aircraft cabins, traditional Arabic sweets served on board and an exclusive UAE commemoration watch for sale on EmiratesRED in the Emirates Lounges in Dubai.

UAE National Day marks the union of the seven emirates and is celebrated on 2 December. Joining the celebrations, Emirates gives passengers in all classes departing Dubai an Emirati-inspired sweet treat, Qahwa or coffee-flavoured milk chocolate in a giftbox adorned with Arabic calligraphy. Passengers visiting Emirates Lounges in Dubai can enjoy miniature date tarts laced with Arabic coffee cream, or a delicately whipped and creamy date mousse.

As passengers board aircraft in Dubai and disembark at their destination, colourful mood lighting representing the UAE flag illuminates the aircraft interior and in another subtle touch, Emirates’ multi-award-winning ice inflight entertainment system will bear the iconic Ghaf tree, a historic and cultural symbol of stability and peace in the UAE’s desert environment. The motif is also used as a design highlight throughout Emirates’ newest Boeing 777 and A380 aircraft interiors.

Emirates’ in-flight entertainment library offers content about the history and future of the UAE, highlights of food and drink beloved in the region, UAE arts and culture including many movies, podcasts and songs by Emirati artists, as well as travel guides exploring UAE attractions and hidden gems.

Passengers can also purchase a limited edition Zinvo Air Blade 50 years Anniversary Edition Automatic Watch on board all Emirates flights.


Bucher and Deutsche Aircraft sign galley and partition supply agreement

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Aircraft cabin interior products supplier Bucher Leichtbau has signed an agreement to supply Deutsche Aircraft’s new 40-seat D328eco regional aircraft with galleys and partitions.

Bucher says this is an exciting opportunity for the company to play a key development and manufacturing role in Deutsche Aircraft’s new eco-efficient airplane. With the aircraft, Deutsche Aircraft will accelerate the aviation industry towards new lower emissions with its new engines, which will be certified for synthetic fuel.

According to Bucher, its time-to-market capabilities, supply chain resilience, sustainability across the life-cycle of the product and commercial competitiveness were important key factors in being awarded this contract.

Commenting on the new contract, Beat Burlet, Chief Executive Officer of Bucher, said: “With our range of proven, innovative and sustainable products for the aircraft cabin, we believe that Bucher is a natural fit for Deutsche Aircraft. We are honoured to sign this contract for a longstanding supplier partnership with Deutsche Aircraft and look forward to enhancing the passenger and crew experience with our range of interior products.”

Nico Neumann, COO of Deutsche Aircraft, said: “Since the beginning of discussions Bucher has shown a clear understanding of our requirements. Their decades-long know-how regarding cabin interior monuments and lightweight construction, whilst being open-minded regarding innovation and the high finishing quality on the product makes them the perfect partner for the galley and partitions for the D328eco. The D328eco will change the way we fly and help reduce our carbon footprint.”

STARLUX A350-900 Cabin Class Reveal Setting New Standards for Airlines Cabin

STARLUX unveils its A350-900 cabin

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STARLUX A350-900 Cabin Class Reveal Setting New Standards for Airlines Cabin

STARLUX Airlines, which took delivery of its A350-900 in late October, has now unveiled the aircraft’s interior design.

STARLUX says it is the first airline in Taiwan to offer First Class in addition to Business and Economy Class cabins. The carrier’s A350-900 integrates the most recent innovations in cabin design. As an example, the aircraft has electrical dimmable windows that block 99.99% of visible light and switch twice the speed of the previous generation.

STARLUX once again engaged innovative design firm BMW Designworks to design the A350’s cabin interior. The A350’s theme — “Glisten” — is a variation on the original STARLUX theme “Pure Tea”, and to enhance the theme, STARLUX says it is the first airline to install secant luminous welcome panels on the new A350, putting passengers at ease as they board the aircraft.

First class comfort

According to the airline, the aircraft’s First Class cabin is constructed behind a 60-inch high partition. In front of each seat, a personal wardrobe is provided to store luggage and personal items, with seats converting to fully lie-flat beds, allowing passengers to rest in their own private space.

To provide even more comfort, STARLUX has revealed that it also offers an innovative feature based on NASA’s neutral body posture specifications, where the seats can be placed in a “Zero G” mode to alleviate fatigue from sitting through a long-haul flight, and four-way adjustable armrests provide extra space for passengers to place their arms when the seat is in a fully flat position.

The Business Class cabin is constructed with a 48.5-inch partition and the lamps besides the seats are carefully designed to make the space look cozy. The seats are also wider than normal according to the carrier and provide more legroom. Business Class seats also offer the “Zero G” feature, which helps relieve pressure.

Premium Economy Class and Economy Class have a “Relaxed Elegance” theme to provide a relaxed atmosphere where passengers can recline in their seats and enjoy the premium service provided by STARLUX Airlines.

Premium Economy seating pitch is 40 inches with more legroom, and the seats are also specially designed with a leg rest and footrest bar, allowing passengers to causally stretch their legs without a problem.

In Economy Class, STARLUX has reduced the thickness of each seat and configured each seat into an S-shape that provides extra legroom.

The aircraft’s in-flight entertainment system in First Class seats is equipped with a 32-inch 4K screen, while Business Class can enjoy our 4K resolution with a 24-inch screen. Premium Economy and Economy Class passengers can also enjoy 4K resolution on a 15.6-inch screen or a 13-inch screen respectively.  Bluetooth connectivity is available in all classes.

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Unum Aircraft Seating joins Green Cabin Alliance

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Aircraft business class seating manufacturer Unum Aircraft Seating is joining the Green Cabin Alliance as its first seating manufacturer member.

The Green Cabin Alliance strives to decarbonise the industry by bringing together like-minded organisations involved in the design, manufacture, usage and disposal of parts and products for aircraft cabins and identifying strategies to sustainably operate.

Elina Kopola, Founder of the Green Cabin Alliance commented: “We recognise Unum’s commitment to local, sustainable manufacturing practices, and we believe the company to be an example of best practice in aviation. As an early adopter of the alliance, Unum’s input will be hugely valuable as we shape guidelines and educate the wider industry on the impact decarbonising the aircraft cabin can have on an airline’s overall carbon footprint.”

Chris Brady, CEO of Unum, said: “Aligning ourselves with the Green Cabin Alliance reinforces our sustainable mindset, something we are incredibly serious about. We must all do something to formalise, inform and grow our plans for sustainability and the alliance is pushing forward with all these objectives. Join now!”

As part of the company’s commitment to sustainable practices across the product lifecycle, Unum has developed a part marking system detailing end of life recycling details. The company unveiled its first business class seat, Unum One, in March this year.

Pexco appoints new VP, Sales & Marketing

Pexco appoints new Vice President of Sales & Marketing

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Pexco appoints new VP, Sales & Marketing

Commercial aerospace aircraft components and assemblies manufacturer Pexco Aerospace has appointed Anthony Ciringione as Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Pexco says Ciringione joins Pexco at an exciting time in the company’s history as it celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2023 and the recent launch of its latest blue-sky cabin interior technology, AirShield. AirShield, which was a finalist in the Crystal Cabin Awards 2022,  is designed to prevent airborne germs and odours entering passengers’ personal space.

Ciringione’s new role will see him spearhead Pexco’s growth, leading its strategic market positioning and developing future commercial aerospace product lines, focusing on building direct relationships with the world’s biggest airlines. Anthony will harness his extensive engineering and sales experience to explore new business opportunities in raw materials, lightweight composites, and next-generation innovation while mentoring Pexco’s expanding team of sales and customer service representatives and business unit managers across the US and Europe.

“Aerospace is an incredibly dynamic industry, so joining Pexco – a company at the leading edge of aerospace manufacturing – is a perfect move. We have the right team, with the right technical expertise and dynamic leadership, which combine to create a solid foundation for us to grow. I look forward to using my knowledge and experience to navigate the road ahead and make sure our 50th anniversary is one to remember,” comments Ciringione.

Jon Page, President at Pexco Aerospace, said: “Anthony’s experience speaks volumes about his strategic knowledge of the manufacturing industry and his ability to market highly engineered products. His expertise in both engineering and sales adds huge value to our customers and will empower him and his team to drive our business to even greater heights.”

A highly customised version of Thompson Aero Seating’s VantageXL First fully flat-bed seat has entered into revenue service with Virgin Atlantic

VantageXL First enters revenue service with Virgin Atlantic

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A highly customised version of Thompson Aero Seating’s VantageXL First fully flat-bed seat has entered into revenue service with Virgin Atlantic

Thompson Aero Seating has revealed that a highly customised version of the company’s VantageXL First fully flat-bed seat has entered into revenue service with Virgin Atlantic.

The innovative configuration of the VantageXL seating range allows the option for a seamless two-class cabin at all-business-class density, effectively providing airlines with first class ‘for free’. Virgin Atlantic has taken advantage of this, offering passengers another level of luxury within the same density as a traditional all-business-class cabin.

Virgin Atlantic has named its exclusive new front-row enhancement its luxury ‘Retreat Suite’. The carrier’s A330-900neos feature two Retreat Suites in the centre front row. These exclusive suites provide additional personal space for relaxation, fine dining, or sleeping. The fully flat beds are 78.9” and each passenger has a 27” touchscreen TV with Bluetooth connectivity and wireless charging. There is also an ottoman that doubles as an extra seat, enabling the passenger to dine with a friend or to increase the sleeping space.

Andy Morris, VP Commercial for Thompson Aero Seating commented: “We have taken great pride and satisfaction in working with Virgin Atlantic to create this truly exclusive option. The VantageXL offers Virgin Atlantic passengers an extremely comfortable and enjoyable flight. The bonus of the VantageXL First suites – the Retreat Suite – is an added element of indulgence, and an extra draw for customers, with no additional LOPA demands. It really is a win-win for passengers and airlines alike.”

Henry Buckley, Design Manager at Virgin Atlantic said: “In true Virgin Atlantic style, we have elevated the functionality, styling and features within our latest Upper-Class cabin, as we strive to develop innovative products and services that create memorable experiences for our customers. The VantageXL suite is a fantastic product, and our enhanced front-row offering, known as the Retreat Suite, is a particularly exciting addition to the cabin.

“It’s our most spacious suite yet. These two exclusive seats, with lots of extra space, storage and bigger screens, give our customers the opportunity to connect with each other in-flight, and engage with shared experiences for up to four people to enjoy. We are thrilled that our newest product is now in service and we hope that our customers are as delighted with it as we are.”

how airlines can mitigate risk as they reconfigure aircraft

Jamco America: turnkey aircraft interior modification programmes reduce risk

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how airlines can mitigate risk as they reconfigure aircraft

Airlines planning for a post-pandemic era are predicting return of international business travel by late 2023 or 2024. Since it can take one to two years to complete a typical integration programme for delivery of a reconfigured aircraft, the time to start conducting future planning is now.

In this article, Jeremy Hunter, Senior Sales and Marketing Manager, and Don Wren, Jamco America’s Executive Vice President, both from Jamco America, one of the most experienced interior products suppliers and turnkey aircraft interiors integrators in the industry, answer some key questions about how airlines can mitigate risk as they reconfigure aircraft with dividers, bulkheads, and monuments, including closets, video control cabinets, lavatories, and premium seating.

Q: Why is turnkey for aircraft modifications a better option for airlines?

A: A key issue airlines face when modifying their aircraft interiors is risk. Interior installation and reconfigurations are complex programmes, involving design, engineering, testing, certification, manufacturing, and final installation. These are extensive undertakings and airlines often focus on mitigating risks associated with schedule, cost, and quality. That is why the ability to offer a complete set of products and services and/or to integrate third party supplier products is so critical. This method essentially hands the keys of a completed interior to an airline, significantly reducing the many risks involved.

For example, Jamco America has a suite of services at its facility in Everett, WA, including fully staffed engineering, technical publications, manufacturing teams, testing capabilities (electrical, dynamic, thermal, acoustic, life cycle, and material strength), as well as an on-site Federal Aviation Authority Organization Designation Authorization (FAA ODA) certification department. This investment in commercial aerospace capabilities provides a turnkey experience that proactively mitigates risk.

By contrast, alternatives that increase the number of suppliers supporting a given interior modification requires increased coordination among suppliers, thereby inducing additional risk to the program.

Q: What are the main areas in the course of a programme that cause delays?

A: Some of the major issues that interior installation/retrofit modification programmes face include testing failures, other certification compliance findings, manufacturing delays, and quality issues – sometimes late in a program.

For example, one of Jamco America’s recent interior installation programmes resulted in a dynamic testing failure, which is not uncommon with product development. However, with a testing facility right next door to the engineering team, the integration team was able to quickly react to resolve the issue, retest, and avoid impact to the programme schedule.

Another area of potential delay that can be mitigated by use of a turnkey organisation is certification compliance issues found on products or with the installation of products late in a programme. The presence of on-site ODA enables FAA unit members to review the product and installation engineering in real time using multiple internal design reviews that occur during a programme. This can significantly reduce risk when compared to situations in which the certification organisation works with a separate engineering design firm or is dependent upon limited FAA resources, which may have more critical priorities to support.

“Yes, schedule delays are very often the biggest risk for airline customers during an aircraft interior modification programme,” explains Don Wren, Jamco America’s Executive Vice President. “Any delays in the modification schedule can impact fleet maintenance planning and even route planning. Interior modifications are typically performed to prepare a number of aircraft for the introduction of a new route or to introduce a new class of service on existing routes. Both can be time-sensitive for the airline to remain competitive and meet commitments to their own customers and shareholders.”

Q: Are there benefits to using a turnkey organisation even for isolated portions of a programme?

A: Using an organisation with turnkey knowledge and experience is beneficial even for an isolated portion of work. Because the organisation has experience in all aspects of an aircraft interior modification programme, it can provide more efficient and effective coordination compared to companies that do not have that level of experience or understanding.

Q: Are there any negatives to using a turnkey organisation?

A: Resources must be carefully managed to avoid a situation in which the turnkey organisation takes on too much work. For example, Jamco America constantly monitors its resource capacity using a variety of management tools to avoid overextending resources.

Q: What is the value of integrator as part of providing a turnkey solution?

A. Aircraft interior modifications often include more than one supplier. Problems could arise if no organisation involved has turnkey integration capabilities. In that case, it would be the airline’s job to manage the programme and ensure there are no gaps or overlaps in roles and responsibilities among all the multiple suppliers. The airline already has a full time job moving passengers, so there is a high risk that a gap will result – potentially putting the whole programme at risk. A turnkey integrator will oversee all the other supplier activities to ensure a unified schedule and work scope for the programme. In effect, this integrator is the airline’s eyes and ears and will manage all technical milestones and deliverables. The integrator is an indispensable team leader who will assist the airline to overcome all hurdles along the way, and with unequivocal focus on staying on time, on budget, and at the highest quality.

Q: How are complex interior programmes managed?

A. For complex programmes, the key to success is a highly qualified and experienced programme manager. While there will always be challenges, experience and product maturity within a programme will keep risk to a minimum. Understanding each applicable aircraft and the respective pre- and post-mod configurations will ensure the programme can launch smoothly. When there are unknowns, decision gates must be set. There are often major milestone meetings, for example, the initial technical coordination meeting, preliminary design review, and critical design review. If the milestone entrance and exit criteria are managed well, the programme will run smoothly. Proper notice, tracking, and resolution is the only way to mitigate any impacts. For example, each programme manager in Jamco America’s programme management office holds PMP certification and has more than 25 years of commercial aerospace experience.

F/LIST has introduced its new F/LIST Shapeshifter technology concept.

F/LIST reveals Shapeshifter concept at NBAA-BACE 2022

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F/LIST has introduced its new F/LIST Shapeshifter technology concept.

F/LIST has introduced its new F/LIST Shapeshifter technology concept at this year’s NBAA-BACE.

The concepts include seemingly impossible interior prototypes that will redefine the cabins of the future. F/LIST says the innovative technology applications, combined with its newly launched portfolio of sustainable materials are set to enable customers transform the way in which aircraft cabin interior design and space are considered.

The F/LIST Shapeshifter concept challenges traditional notions and the dimensional limits of the cabin environment. Through the implementation of actuators, pneumatic elements and other mechanical systems, the Shapeshifter programme initiates the art of change by bringing cabin components to life.

Optimising space

According to F/LIST, individual cabin items morph to optimise valuable cabin space, deliver multiple functions and intelligently respond to passenger interaction. Smart storage, integrated functionality and seamless transitions exponentially increase design possibilities. Some of the initial F/LIST Shapeshifter concepts include credenzas that transform into a working space, multifunctional lavatory elements and innovative dining areas.

Melanie Prince, Head of Innovation for F/LIST commented: “The F/LIST Shapeshifter concepts set the imagination free and encourage designers to do more with less in the cabin. We anticipate that our customers will welcome the infinite opportunities provided by combining the latest sustainable material product portfolio with our groundbreaking technology.

“We want to inspire creativity, initiate a paradigm shift and liberate the imagination while providing practical, real solutions simultaneously. The well-stocked toolbox we’ve created will support designers, OEMs, and completion centers in making the impossible, possible in the future cabin. The sky is the limit when it comes to F/LIST Shapeshifter.”

Finnair wins APEX/IFSA Best Cabin Innovation award

Finnair wins the Best Cabin Innovation award at APEX/IFSA Awards

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Finnair wins APEX/IFSA Best Cabin Innovation award

Finnair received top recognition at this year’s APEX/IFSA EXPO, with the Finnish carrier being awarded the accolade for Best Cabin Innovation at the APEX/IFSA Awards for its new long-haul cabin design and a ‘Five Star’ airline global ranking.

The Best Cabin Innovation award follows the carrier’s €200 million investment in its new long-haul cabin experience. This includes the launch of Finnair’s brand-new Business Class, new Premium Class cabin and a refreshed Economy Class.

David Kondo, Finnair Head of Customer Experience and Product Design, said: “We are thrilled Finnair’s new long-haul cabins have been further recognised with this win from APEX. The feedback from our customers and the market for our new long-haul product has been overwhelmingly positive and we’d like to thank our supplier partners and dedicated staff who worked over the many years of development to make this experience a reality.”

Launched in February of this year, the cabins offer a brand-new Business Class featuring an eye-catching non-reclining seat with spacious fixed living space, as well as a plush new Premium Economy cabin and refreshed Economy Class.

Customers for all cabin classes board through a stylish new entry area and a refreshment bar, creating a striking first impression with its sleek Nordic design, as well as new service opportunities for Cabin Crew.

The new long-haul interiors are being rolled out across the fleet, and are currently being operated on select flights between London and Helsinki and on services from Finland to New York, Singapore, Tokyo, Phuket and Bangkok.

Last month, Finnair was also voted the Best Airline in Northern Europe at the Skytrax World Airline Awards for the 12th consecutive time and the carrier also won gold in this year’s best ‘Cabin Concept’ category at the Onboard Hospitality Awards, while the International Yacht and Aviation Awards named Finnair as having the best Cabin (First & Business Class).

Finnair’s brand-new in-flight entertainment system was also awarded an international Red Dot Award 2022 in the Brand and Communication Design category, highlighting the commitment to improve the customer experience.