FACC announces significant revenue growth

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Aerospace design, development and production company FACC has announced its revenue has grown 12.5% year-on-year in the first half of 2022.

FACC says the demand for new and more efficient aircraft is again increasing significantly and FACC is able to benefit from this trend due to its long-term supply contracts with all aircraft and engine manufacturers.

The company anticipates a continuous increase in demand, and with orders for around 13,000 aircraft from all major manufacturers as well as a major order from Archer Aviation, all signs are pointing to growth.

FACC has opened a new plant in Croatia and hired 200 new members of staff since the beginning of the year, and says its workforce will be increased by another 500 employees in the next 12 – 18 months. The military conflict between Russia and Ukraine has had no direct impact on FACC, as the company does not procure materials or services from either of the two countries. According to FACC, prior to the imposition of sanctions against Russia, product sales with Russian aircraft were low at around EUR 1 million per year, and the supply of FACC components to Russian customers has now been suspended.

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Emirates invests over US$2bn to enhance in-flight experience

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Emirates is investing over US$2bn to enhance its in-flight customer experience.

The project includes a retrofit of over 120 aircraft with the latest interiors, as well as an array of other service improvements across all cabins starting this year.

Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline said: “While others respond to industry pressures with cost cuts, Emirates is flying against the grain and investing to deliver ever better experiences to our customers. Through the pandemic we’ve continued to launch new services and initiatives to ensure our customers travel with the assurance and ease, including digital initiatives to improve customer experiences on the ground. Now we’re rolling out a series of intensive programmes to take Emirates’ signature in-flight experiences to the next level.”

Refreshed menus

From August, Emirates will be offering its customers new menus on select routes in First Class, featuring dishes such as pan-fried salmon trout with moqueca sauce and creole rice, roasted duck breast with orange thyme jus, steamed broccolini and fondant potatoes. New menus will also be introduced to Business and Economy on 1 September.

Emirates’ new vegan menu will cater to the growing numbers of customers opting for this choice and includes handcrafted gourmet dishes such as pan-roasted king oyster mushrooms, jackfruit biryani and sliced kohlrabi garnished with burnt orange. The dessert menu includes chocolate truffle cake with hazelnut, pistachio and gold leaf, or green grape tart adorned with candied rose petals, vanilla custard, and berry compote glistening with yuzu pearls.

Emirates’ First Class experience  offers passengers unlimited portions of Persian caviar as part of the ‘dine on demand’ service with a pairing of Dom Perignon vintage champagne. The carrier’s cinema snack menu includes lobster rolls, sliders, edamame and salted popcorn, which can also be ordered on demand.

For customers departing from Dubai, the airline will also be offering fresh greens harvested from Bustanica, the world’s largest vertical farm and newly-opened US$40 million joint venture investment through Emirates Flight Catering. Emirates says it is continuing to invest in sustainable operations and supply chains, seeking local food suppliers and farms wherever possible to serve the freshest produce on board.

You can find more details on the carrier’s refreshed dining experience here.

Upgraded cabin interiors

Emirates’ cabins will be retrofitted with new or reupholstered seats, new panelling, flooring and other cabin features, with every cabin class being refreshed and new Premium Economy cabins installed. After the retrofit, Emirates will have a total of 120 aircraft offering Premium Economy seats.

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FAA approves JETMS Completions to modify and maintain Phenom 300 seats

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Aircraft interior, exterior, and completions company JETMS Completions has received the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval for the Embraer 505 Phenom 300 maintenance and modification.

JETMS Completions says it now holds capabilities for all three supplement type certificates (STC) from FAA, European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the UK Civil Aviation Agency (CAA). The newly approved seat modifications for Phenom 300 include headrest, backrest, seat base foam and cover replacements, arm cap renewals and refurbishments and seat base panel refurbishments, as well as painted surfaces refurbishments.

“After 18 months of hard work and application submissions to EASA, CAA and FAA, we have finally achieved and received the FAA STC validation for the Phenom 300 type light business jet seat modifications,” said Kevin Hann CEng FRAeS, Head of Design at JETMS Completions. “This is a very big step for us and we are extremely happy to be able to proceed with interior completions for the Phenom 300 jets.”


SAUDIA and SAEI join Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance

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The Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance (IAMA) is welcoming Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA) and Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries (SAEI) to the alliance.

The companies bring additional high-profile Middle East and North Africa voices to the diverse group of stakeholders advocating for modifications completed via Supplemental Type Certifications (STC).

“We are extremely pleased to welcome SAUDIA and SAEI to our growing community,” said Nina Schulz, IAMA’s Managing Director. “With each new member, the alliance grows stronger as we take on board their distinctive operational challenges and utilise them to help perfect the IAMA Rulebook. Our sincere ambition is to represent the needs and strengths of the global aviation modification market, so we are striving to attract stakeholders from every corner of the world.”

As a subscriber, SAUDIA gains access to the alliance’s burgeoning resource library and the IAMA Rulebook, which cover an extensive range of topics, including asset preservation, de-modification, right to use and the complexities around STCs.

Syed Masroor Hasan, SAUDIA’s Assistant Vice President, Aircraft Engineering, commented: “To build our service capacity, we are growing our fleet of aircraft and are focused on offering an enjoyable passenger experience—which includes operating seamless schedules. Our decision to become an IAMA subscriber is motivated by this expansion. We are delighted to join a growing number of airlines recognising IAMA’s valuable contributions to the aviation modification market.”

SAEI is the technical arm of SAUDIA and the prime consultancy and fulfillment organisation for SAUDIA’s modification campaigns. It serves regional and global clients from a network of more than 50 locations worldwide and is expanding into its state-of-the-art MRO operation at King Abdul-Aziz Airport.

“As part of our airworthiness transformation initiative, we are expanding our capabilities by implementing a design office,” said Ahmed S. Aseeri, SAEI’s owner of airworthiness engineering programme initiatives.

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FIA2022: Supernal unveils eVTOL vehicle cabin concept

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Supernal revealed its initial eVTOL vehicle cabin concept at Farnborough International Airshow on Monday 18 July.

The unveiling provided the first look at how Hyundai Motor Group is integrating automotive capabilities to develop the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) market.

Supernal has partnered up with Hyundai Motor Group’s design studios to create the cabin concept as it works to certify its eVTOL vehicle for commercial use in the US from 2028, and in the EU and UK shortly after.

“In order for Advanced Air Mobility to become a wide-spread mode of transportation, every detail – from the passenger experience to regulations and infrastructure – needs to be addressed from the start and work in lockstep with one another,” said Jaiwon Shin, President of Hyundai Motor Group and CEO of Supernal. “Leveraging Hyundai Motor Group’s mobility capabilities, Supernal is investing time and resources upfront to ensure the industry can scale to the masses in the coming decades and reach its exciting potential.”

“Supernal is partnering with Hyundai Motor Group’s top automotive designers to develop our eVTOL vehicle for manufacturability and wide-spread public acceptance,” Shin added. “We are taking the time to create a safe, light-weight commercial eVTOL that provides our future passengers with the security and comfort they find in their own cars.”

Supernal’s five-seat cabin concept design utilises the automotive industry’s reductive design approach to create the light-weight interior cabin which is made of forged carbon fiber and features ergonomically contoured seats with a cocoon-like environment for passengers.

SUpernal says its deployable seat consoles mimic automobile centre consoles and provide a charging station and stowage compartment for personal items. It also has grab handles built into the cabin doors and seatbacks assist with ingress and egress.

Cabin lighting includes overhead lights inspired by automobile sunroofs which adjust with the various stages of flight to emulate a “light therapy” effect.

The cabin concept also incorporates materials such as advanced recyclable carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastic, durable plant-based leather, recycled plastic fabric and responsibly sourced woods, and the seat frame utilises excess raw material from the airframe manufacturing process.

FACC inaugurates high-tech cabin interiors plant in Croatia

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Following a soft opening of its latest production plant in December 2021, FACC has officially inaugurated the €15m high-tech plant in Croatia where it is manufacturing lightweight components for aircraft cabin interiors.

The ceremony was attended by 400 guests as well as FACC’s entire Croatian workforce, with a highlight being a helicopter show by Austrian aviation icon, Felix Baumgartner (best known for jumping to Earth attached to a helium balloon from the stratosphere), who landed in front of the building before officially opening the new plant. He was joined by FACC CEO, Robert Machtlinger, Pang Zhen, Chairman of the Supervisory Board and Croatian Prime Minister, Andrej Plenkovic.

Planned in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute, the new factory is situated close to Zagreb. The local infrastructure, proximity to highly trained experts and universities in the surrounding area with highly qualified specialists in many fields as well as the logistical connections to FACC’s corporate headquarters were all contributing factors to manufacturing cabin components for business jets and commercial aircraft at this particular location.

“After the successful start with more than 170 employees, we plan to expand the workforce of the plant to around 600 employees within the next four years,” said Macthlinger.

During the official opening of the factory, the next expansion phase of the site was revealed. Expansion stages two and three, which will be started with immediate effect, will see a threefold increase in the size of the plant.

Causeway Aero unveils lightweight SFL panels for aircraft interiors

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Causeway Aero Group has announced that it has developed unique light-weight Semi-Flexible Laminate (SFL) panels for aircraft interiors.

The panels provide improved levels of thermal protection, allowing bulky insulating blankets to be removed which could result in up to a 25% weight saving.  There may also be a modest increase in cabin dimensions, as the company says the panels could be fitted closer to the aircraft inner skin.

The SFL panels have a vac-formed core with laminates on either side, according to Causeway, and the cabin side can be decorated to suit customer requirements. The panels’ anti-bacterial coating would be ideal for air ambulances.

Causeway says it sees a market for the technology in smaller passenger aircraft, military transport aircraft and helicopters. The product’s launch customer is Britten-Norman and Causeway says it is actively working to design and produce a new modern interior for the BN-2 Islander, including sidewalls, ceiling and cockpit area.

The nine-seat aircraft has been in production since 1967 and continues to sell, particularly to remote areas where its impressive performance allows it to operate from very short and basic airstrips.

Causeway says the new interior can be installed during production or during a retrofit under a minor STC.

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Latitude Aero reveals new VVIP collaboration project

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Aircraft interior modernisation company Latitude Aero is rethinking the VVIP passenger experience with a new project which involves a highly customised all lie-flat, closed door suite for Boeing 737-800.

The company says the project is a collaboration with an industry leader in aircraft management solutions. The retrofit addresses individual passenger needs, privacy, comfort, and varied priorities in flight experience with 30 individual closed door lie-flat suites. The 1-1 configuration maximises user privacy and gives each flyer direct aisle access.

Each forward-facing passenger suite is equipped with a large table surface, extra storage, personal color-controlled LED lighting, and full streaming capability powered by ultrafast high-speed Wi-Fi. Pods are also outfitted with an iPad Pro, AC outlet, USB-A, and USB-C, doubling IFE/ISPS options.

“Knowing that you have a secluded and productive space, which is both calming and functional, provides our customer with a VVIP passenger experience,” says President & CEO Kelvin Boyette. “When people are comfortable, they are better able to sleep, work, or accomplish whatever they hope to during travel time.”

The seats and pods are fully outfitted with leather-wrapped trim and finish tailored to finite specificity. Thin lines and careful stitch detailing give passengers a touch of subtle luxury within their personal nook. One of America’s oldest and most respected leather tanneries was selected to be the exclusive leather supplier on this aircraft.

According to Latitude Aero, the retrofit project is the first of its type, with two additional aircraft to follow and seven more planned in the near future.


Pexco Aerospace’s AirShield enters final stage of FAA certification

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Pexco Aerospace has announced that its AirShield technology, which is designed to prevent airborne germs and odours entering passengers’ personal space, has entered the final stage of certification with the Federal Aviation Administration.

The company has been granted a Project Specific Certification number and its engineering team will spend the next 30 days completing further on-wing testing of AirShield onboard A320 aircraft, with a view to receiving final certification in July 2022.

The company has spent the last two years developing both the design and performance of its AirShield technology and completed extensive on-wing tests in collaboration with different carriers, including American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Alaska Airlines.

Jon Page, President of Pexco Aerospace, said: “Airlines recognise that privacy and hygiene are now equally important to the in-flight experience as comfort and safety, especially on narrowbody aircraft where passengers are much closer together. As an industry we cannot ignore that the world has changed and cabin interiors need to evolve with passenger needs and desires. AirShield is part of the next generation of wellbeing technologies that are reshaping how we fly – and we cannot wait to show it to the world at AIX.”


Bucher to showcase new aircraft cabin products at the Aircraft Interiors Expo

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Bucher will be displaying new innovations at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg next week. These include a 16g “Bionic” aircraft cabin partition wall in full production specification and an ultralight foldable baby bassinet which can be attached to any bulkhead monument.

Bucher says the company’s lightweight partition solutions enable airlines to reduce weight, lowering emissions and saving fuel, and are the latest in a line of products integrated into Airbus A320 family aircraft and in service with many airlines worldwide.

The baby bassinet can be reduced to a small handbag in size, resulting in more than 50% space savings. This offers more flexibility in the use of storage space for cabin crew, but still provides maximum sleeping comfort for babies.

Bucher will also be unveiling a number of enhancements to its innovation galley. These include integrated inventory and power management systems, as well as a new integrated induction charging station for beverage carts which has been developed in cooperation with SkyTender Solutions.

Bucher will also be showcasing customisable branding elements for galleys as well as a compact self-service counter including a continuously adjustable roller blind for off-service hours. The company’s new “Olympia” premium class swing-up food tray table will also be displayed along with the company’s wider portfolio of tray table solutions and high-end supports for tablets.

Bucher’s insulated in-flight trolley ARCTICartTM and the first in-flight service cart with high-performing insulation will also be on display with new design in half-size and full-size versions for the first time.

Beat Burlet, Chief Executive Officer of Bucher commented: “This new range of innovations we are unveiling reflect Bucher’s ambition to develop products that enable airlines to enhance the passenger experience in their aircraft cabins. We are delighted to be returning to the Aircraft Interiors Expo in 2022, and look forward to showcasing our proven portfolio of products to airlines from across the globe.”

Bucher is located at booth 5D60 in hall B5 at the Aircraft Interiors Expo.