AIX, WTCE and PEC pushed backed until April 2021

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Reed Exhibitions has confirmed there will be no Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX), World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo (WTCE) and the Passenger Experience Conference (PEC) this year, with the next edition now taking place from 12-15 April 2021.

According to Katie Murphy, Portfolio Director at Reed Exhibitions: “Our thoughts are with all those affected by this crisis.  After closely monitoring the evolving situation and having listened to our customers and carefully considered the options available to us, we are postponing AIX, WTCE and PEC to April 2021.

“We are in unprecedented times and we’re witnessing first-hand the challenging impact of COVID-19 on airlines and the wider industry, from both a professional and personal perspective. Initially, we were optimistic that our events would run later this year, however, in light of the ongoing uncertainty in the industry and the immense pressure our customers are experiencing, we have concluded that the best option is to postpone AIX, WTCE and PEC until 2021.

We understand how important it is for the industry to stay connected during this time. While we are disappointed we can’t meet face-to-face this year, we are working with our partners to keep the AIX, WTCE and PEC community connected over the coming months. Details will be announced shortly.

“We once again thank all of our exhibitors, visitors and partners for their patience and support, and we look forward to returning to Hamburg next year.”

Jetlite flies on Vistara Dreamliner

jetlite brings light relief to Vistara’s Dreamliner fleet

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Jetlite flies on Vistara Dreamliner

jetlite’s Human Centric Lighting is flying on Vistara’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner fleet in order to enhance passenger well-being and reduce the effects of jet lag. The customised lighting scenes have been jointly developed by Vistara and jetlite together with Boeing in Everett.

Vistara is Asia’s first airline with jetlite on board.

“Vistara´s lighting scenes by jetlite are based on the findings of Human Centric Lighting and chronobiology, backed by extensive research studies and real test flights. Apart from that, jetlite customises Human Centric Lighting solutions individually for each airline, taking factors such as corporate design, the effect on CMF (colours, material and finishing) and cultural background into consideration.”, said Dr. Achim Leder, Co-Founder and Managing Director at jetlite. The optimal lighting scenes customised for Vistara have been jointly developed by Vistara and jetlite with the support of Boeing in Everett.

“Since inception, Vistara has focused on delivering an exceptional inflight experience that enhances our customers’ wellness. Cabin lighting is one of the elements that makes this possible and we are delighted to partner with jetlite for their cutting-edge Human Centric lighting. This will help us to take the Vistara flying experience to the next level for travellers,” said Vinod Kannan, Chief Commercial Officer, Vistara.

STG Aerospace launches latest floor path marking

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STG Aerospace has launched the next generation of its saf-Tglo photoluminescent system.

SSUL-X is the world’s first photoluminescent emergency floor path system that has edge to edge colour, and is also the first photoluminescent system to be available in red.

Dr Sean O’Kell, STG Aerospace business unit director, says: “We’re really excited to be launching the world’s first edge to edge red floor marking option. We are already talking to many major carriers about the extensive capability offering of saf-Tglo SSUL-X, looking at everything from seat markings to branding and PatternMatch.”

O’Kell continues: “With SSUL-X, we have listened to customer feedback and sought insight from a variety of key stakeholders, to design a new saf-Tglo product that is more customisable to each customer’s unique requirements.”

SSUL-X features edge to edge colour to eliminate unsightly borders, comes in a choice of a matt or gloss finish and can be installed in under one hour (B737-7800).

PEW 2019: Turkish Airlines selects liTeMood for 737-800 retrofits

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Turkish Airlines has commenced a retrofit programme installing STG Aerospace liTeMood LED lighting across its Boeing 737-800 fleet.

The airline is completing the retrofit as it looks to harmonise its cabin interiors with the latest LED-installed aircraft being delivered by Boeing.

“With its quick and simple installation process of under eight hours, liTeMood is an easy and affordable way for Turkish Airlines to replace fluorescent lighting with the latest LED technology,” commented Marcus Williams, STG’s director of global sales. “liTeMood will narrow the gap in cabin appearance between their legacy aircraft and those installed with the latest Boeing Sky Interior.”

liTeMood is available, certified and flying on Boeing 737NG, 737 Classic and 757 aircraft and on Airbus A320 Family, A330 and A340 aircraft.

PEW 2019: STG Aerospace turns signage blu

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STG Aerospace has launched what is claimed to be the world’s first and only blue-glowing flexible photoluminescent aircraft signage.

Ideal for emergency, informational and custom signs, the unique and patented saf-Tsign blu design combines top-class cabin aesthetics with an absolute focus on clarity and safety.

Further benefits include minimal maintenance and operational costs. Dr Sean O’Kell, STG Aerospace Business Unit director, said: “We’re really excited to be launching the world’s first flexible blue-glowing aircraft signage and cabin marking option. It’s not something you can announce every day. We are already talking to many major carriers about the extensive capability offering of saf-Tsign blu, looking at everything from seat markings and row numbers to galley and washroom signs.”

O’Kell continued: “With the new saf-Tsign blu, we’re expanding our portfolio, building on our traditional green-glowing signage to add a cool and soothing blue look. Blue signage will also be more ‘on-brand’ than green signage for many airlines and can be easily tailored to match airlines’ CMF palettes.

“Photoluminescent signs – in simple terms, ‘glow-in-the-dark’ signs – are 100% fail-safe with no running costs, which makes them perfect for commercial and military aerospace use. saf-Tsign blu signs, for example, are fully charged by cabin lighting in minutes. The look and operation of this new product line beautifully combines our design and engineering expertise. “Blue is a very calming and aesthetically pleasing colour,” added O’Kell.

“It’s relaxing and refreshing, with an output that won’t disrupt passengers in a darkened cabin. Naturally, therefore, it’s a colour we love and we already offer a blue setting for our liTeMood cabin lighting system and saf-Tglo blu FPM systems. This way we can offer a cohesive cabin aesthetic to customers.”

PEW 2019: TAP Air Portugal selects STG’s liTeMood

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TAP Air Portugahas chosen to retrofit STG Aerospace’s LED lighting system liTeMood across its fleet of Airbus A330 aircraft.

Marcus Williams, global sales director, STG Aerospace said: “Undoubtedly, TAP’s decision to install our liTeMood LED lighting system will help the company’s ongoing modernisation strategy. liTeMood is already delivering significant cabin transformations for many airlines in Europe, the US, Latin America and Asia.

Joel Fragata, head of In-Flight & On-Ground Product at TAP Portugal added: “Not only does the STG Aerospace liTeMood system enhance and brighten the interior of our Airbus A330 fleet, it has been the perfect lighting product to harmonise our existing cabins with our new A330neo aircraft. We’ve been delighted with the way liTeMood easily and efficiently replaces our conventional cabin lighting. We love the high colour rendering and the superior colour accuracy which helps us emphasise our brand identity across our fleet – it showcases our signature colour palette better than some other systems we’ve explored, giving us beautifully balanced, precise lighting for increased passenger comfort.”

New ambient lighting solution introduced by Astronics

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Astronics Corporation has introduced the new Nuancia RGBW strip lights allowing aircraft manufacturers and airlines to program mood-lighting systems to accommodate more than 16 million colours, create preset colour scenarios, and present colour changes.

“There is a significant increase in ambient lighting interest from airlines and aircraft OEMs, so to service our customers, we’ve taken our existing ultra-reliable lighting products and re-engineered them to provide the industry’s smallest bend radius and closest set LEDs for a flexible, consistent colour experience,” explained Fabrice Berthelot, president of Astronics PGA, which will offer the product. “The possibilities for exciting new cabin lighting designs are immense.”

Nuancia offers customisable lengths from 100 millimeter (mm) to 2,500 mm and with LEDs placed in 50 mm increments, which reduces gaps between lights for a smooth, continuous color wash.

As the company explains, at only 6 mm thick and with a 50 mm bend radius, customers can install Nuancia in straight or curved applications, via multiple mounting methods, to highlight the cabin without any hot spots. A dedicated lighting management system controls the strip lights to ensure smooth transitions between lighting phases for various airplane operations, such as takeoff, meal service, or in-flight entertainment time. The system uses red, green, blue, and white (RGBW) LED technology to deliver a comprehensive set of colour choices with options for a range of white lights, from cool to warm settings.

STG Aerospace appoints Hansair for distribution rights in Latin America

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Hansair has become the exclusive distributor and representative of STG’s lighting products in Latin America.

Hansair will help STG offer solutions to customers, including airlines, lessors and maintenance-repair-overhaul (MRO) companies, in the region.

Marcus Williams, STG’s director of global sales, said: “We are very pleased to announce this new agreement with Hansair, which will provide local market expertise and inventory stocking of all our product solutions. Hansair is a leading company in this region and will prove themselves to be a proactive and like-minded partner to bring our products into this market.”

JetBlue introduces all-new experience on Airbus A320 aircraft

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JetBlue has unveiled its newest cabin experience for the A320, which are being updated for the first time since 2000.

The latest aircraft, named “If You Can Read This, You’re Blue Close,” re-joins JetBlue’s fleet and is the first to receive this all-new 2019 design. Roughly a third of JetBlue’s A320 aircraft scheduled for restyling completion by the end of the year.

“JetBlue rocked the airline industry in 2000 with seatback television and all leather seats. In our first makeover since, this incredible new onboard experience represents what the founders would have done if they were launching JetBlue today,” said Marty St. George, executive vice president and chief commercial officer, JetBlue. “The new experience brings together technology, entertainment, and comfort with the great service JetBlue customers love so much.”

Throughout 2019, JetBlue will outfit its A320 aircraft with the Collins Meridian seat. Design elements include an expanded seat width of more than 18 inches, the widest available for the A320; most legroom in coach of any US airline; enhanced cushion comfort; adjustable headrests, a new feature for JetBlue’s A320; ontoured seatback design at knee level creating additional living space for every customer; redesigned seatback stowage options, including an innovative elastic grid to accommodate a variety of customer items; and at least two easy-to-reach power connections at every seat.

“We are proud to partner with JetBlue on its A320 restyling project by supplying our Meridian Seat,” said Cynthia A. Muklevicz, vice president, account management, Interiors for Collins Aerospace. “Meridian offers passengers industry-leading comfort and living space through an intense focus on ergonomic design supported by optimisation of the underlying seat structure.”
Also in 2019, JetBlue will offer customers aboard its restyled A320s expanded IFEC options.

This includes 10.1 inch, 1080P high definition Thales AVANT screens at every seat offering more than 100 channels of live television with DVR-like pause and rewind functionality; expanded collection of on demand movies, TV shows and video content, plus new gaming features; destination-specific content allowing customers to enhance their travel experience; picture-in-picture function; enhanced, 3D flight map offering multiple ways to track time to destination and personal handheld device pairing capabilities for use as a remote or gaming controller.

Expanded Fly-Fi connectivity from Viasat provides coverage to nearly the entire JetBlue network.

The first phase of JetBlue’s A320 interior cabin restyle began in spring 2018 and modernised the airline’s so-called “classic interiors” with products that matched those found on the airline’s newer A321 aircraft – features such as more modern seats and larger seatback TVs. More than a dozen A320 aircraft have been restyled with these products so far and several more are scheduled for completion in the coming weeks. This spring the restyling will fully transition to the 2019 version of onboard products for all aircraft going forward.

British Airways enhances First Class

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British Airways is enhancing its onboard product and service in its First cabin as part of its £6.5 billion investment for customers.

The changes are effective 31 March, amd will include new bedding, amenities and menus.

The airline’s First customers will be offered super-soft, sophisticated new male and female loungewear designed exclusively by luxury British fashion brand, Temperley London. The loungewear will be coupled with bespoke British Airways amenity bags, featuring Temperley’s “Star” design. The bags will be filled with products from British skincare brand, ELEMIS, including products from its ULTRA SMART PRO-COLLAGEN range. The amenity kit contains the essentials to cleanse, revive and hydrate.

The airline’s chefs have also designed new A La Carte menus that focus on fresh seasonal ingredients of British provenance. The new menus will be served on bone china crockery, designed exclusively for the airline by British tableware designer William Edwards. The new tableware will be accompanied by contemporary cutlery from Studio William.

The airline will also be introducing a new signature afternoon tea service, showcasing the great British tradition of high tea. The menu will include a selection of sandwiches, delicate pastries and scones, as well as a wide range of tea infusions.

As part of the changes, British Airways is also investing in new Dartington glassware. Travellers will now be able to enjoy wines and champagnes from stemware, while soft drinks and spirits will be served from elegant cut-glass tumblers.

Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ Director of Brand and Customer Experience, said: “In this, our centenary year, we’ve sought out some of the best British designers and manufacturers to work with to ensure travelling in First with British Airways is an unforgettable experience.”

The airline’s First customers will benefit from an improved turndown service for the perfect night’s sleep, thanks to new luxurious 400 thread count bedding, accompanied by a foam fibre mattress topper. Customers will also receive a stylish new day blanket and bolster cushion.

The in-flight entertainment system will be supported by high performance headphones crafted by Meridian, the British pioneers of high resolution audio.