Geven has launched a new brand identity to better reflect the strength and vitality of its evolution and growth.
Geven believes the introduction of ‘the blue V’ “reinforces who we are today and embodies our dynamic approach to the future of aviation interiors.”
“This new, young, vibrant look is part of the company’s strategy which will support us when communicating our significant evolution as we reach out and engage much more actively with the airline companies and OEM’s,” commented Daniela Spinelli, Marketing and Communication Manager at Geven.
“We trust that our new payoff “Fly around the world, tailor-made in Italy”, will provide us with a more consistent and far-reaching brand identity which will contribute to determine a new way of customer engagement with us in the future,” added Spinelli.
“We are a famous global brand with a lot to say to the world. Our Blue, Vibrant V, will represent our Iconic way of doing it,” stated Alberto Veneruso, Managing Director at Geven.
“We will challenge conventions. We will understand our client’s needs. We will walk alongside them while we co-create high quality, innovative, Italian design aircraft interior solutions that will stand the test of time,” he added.
Copa Airlines, the national airline of Panama, has begun offering an enhanced onboard experience for its Boeing 737-MAX 9 fleet, with the introduction of Dreams Business Class and Economy Extra.
The two new classes have been introduced to services flying between Panama and Montevideo (Uruguay,) Buenos Aires (Argentina,) Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Los Angeles (US).
Dreams Business Class features 16 comfortable reclining lie-flat seats, 16-inch remote-controlled touchscreens, an extensive entertainment program, AC and USB power connectors as well as space to store personal items.
Economy class features the Economy Extra section, located at the front of the cabin, consisting of 24 seats with more legroom, individual 10-inch touchscreens with USB port and AC power connectors.
All passengers on these routes can access content via the wireless entertainment system, Copa Showpass, which can be accessed by connecting to the aircraft’s intranet network from a computer or mobile device. Using the Copa Showpass, travellers will access a wide range of films, TV series, magazines, documentaries and music.
As the airline receives new aircraft, this offer will be expanded to more destinations in the Americas.
Aeroflot’s new Airbus A320/321 fleet is to be fully equipped with Recaro seating.
The A320neo is configured with 12 Business class seats with a seat pitch of 96.5 cm and 144 Economy class seats with a seat pitch up to 76.2 сm.
The Economy class seats feature the ergonomic backrest concept. The adjustable headrest is fitted with neck support function. Economy class passengers can charge their electronic devices on board; each seat is equipped with a tablet holder. Business class seats are designed with premium Jacquard upholstery and are fitted with 13-inch HD monitors, individual sockets, and USB-ports.
More than 50 shipsets of the economy class BL3710 and business class CL4710 seats will be installed – delivery of the aircraft includes a total of more than 10,000 Recaro seat pax and will continue through 2028.
The first of Aeroflot’s new A320/A321 fleet took flight for the first time on 25 May. By end of 2021, Aeroflot will take delivery of another eight A320neo family aircraft.
Recaro Aircraft Seating has integrated its SL3710 and BL3710 into a hybrid layout on TAP Air Portugal’s new Airbus fleet. TAP was the first announced customer for SL3710 seat, and their A320 is the first Airbus aircraft to be equipped with the economy class seat.
TAP took delivery of its new A320 in April and entered into service on 18 May. In an effort to maximise efficiency, Recaro collaborated with TAP on the hybrid seat configuration of the SL3710 and BL3710.
“The SL3710 taking flight is a significant milestone for our partnership with TAP,” said Dr. Mark Hiller, CEO of Recaro Aircraft Seating. “We really enjoy collaborating with TAP and value their commitment to innovation and the future of aviation.”
As the first customer whom selected the SL3710, TAP was heavily involved in the research and development phase of the new economy class seat. Weighing 8 kg, the seat is the lightest in its class. The ergonomic backrest concept developed by Recaro allows for maximum comfort for passengers of all sizes. To ensure seamless integration, TAP chose to outfit the SL3710 in the same colours as the Recaro BL3530 and SL3510 aircraft seats that are currently flying on TAP aircraft.
In addition to a five-inch recline, the BL3710 features a six-way adjustable headrest with neck support that enhances passenger relaxation during flight. The Red Dot Design Award winner also shares spare parts with the SL3710, which minimises maintenance downtime and costs.
MGR Foamtex has released details of its latest ultra-high comfort foam system, MPSHybrid, aimed at the long-haul and ultra-long-haul passenger.
MPSHybrid is based on MGR’s Multi-Postural Seating (MPS) super-premium product and uses advanced moulded foam technology to reduce cost.
According to the company, its experts have developed a composite foam system comprising four foam layers: Upper Low resilience viscoelastic foam; Middle Patented MPS pressure relieving design; Base Moulded DAX foam, and Lower base Attenuation foam.
MPSHybrid utilises a specially formulated liquid DAX foam in a moulding process to produce moulded foam components, which helps increase the speed of production, affords greater creative control and improves consistency which ultimately saves time and reduces cost.
MPS evenly distributes the passenger’s weight eliminating circulatory restrictions through a unique perforated design in the cushions mid layer. In laboratory testing conducted by Heartlands University Hospital, Birmingham UK, MPSHybrid was proven to increase circulation through the pelvic region by 30%, increasing the passenger’s overall well-being and biological condition through greater oxygenation.
MGR Foamtex claims MPSHybrid technology can also be designed into the seat back with DAX foam moulded components for the bolsters and MPS for the centre foam.
Geven has unveiled its latest Economy Class seat designed for narrowbody, high-density cabins.
The SuperEco weighs 7.9 kg per pax and offers ‘an unparalled shin and knee clearance’, with armrests which can be folded up and laid flush with the backrest.
Pitched at 28 inches, the seat offers generous legroom thanks to the redesigned supporting structure. SuperEco also offers a range of optional features in order to fit the needs of different airlines. Among a variety of connectivity options and Power /USB integration, customisation options for dress covers, armrests and endbays are available.
“We are proud of our teamwork,” said Alberto Veneruso, Managing Director at Geven. “SuperEco’s impressive shin and knee clearance paired with its low weight and excellent reliability, sets an unparalleled benchmark in the aircraft seating industry. With SuperEco, airlines will be able to offer maximum comfort and living space to passengers while contributing to green-sustainability efforts via reduced fuel consumption,” added Veneruso.
An announcement regarding the next generation models for economy, premium economy and business categories designed in partnership with PriestmanGoode will be made soon.
flydubai has unveiled a redesigned passenger experience and added onboard offering during this year’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM).
The Dubai-based airline has recently introduced a complimentary in-flight entertainment (IFE) streaming service to its fleet of Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The new digital streaming solution is offered by AIRTIME, the carrier’s Wi-Fi connectivity provider.
flydubai’s 36 Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft are phasing out seatback entertainment systems in the economy cabin in favour of complimentary IFE streamed wirelessly to personal mobile devices, laptops and tablets.
Daniel Kerrison, Vice President Inflight Product at flydubai, said: “The onset of the pandemic in 2020 has reshaped the way people travel and the way airlines operate. We have taken all necessary precautionary measures to safeguard our passengers and that meant doing things differently. We temporarily discontinued our onboard duty-free sales, altered the meal service to individually packed meals, disabled our touch screens and limited movement in the cabin. A year on, we have gradually and safely reintroduced some of the onboard services and continue to add new features to enhance our onboard experience.”
Passengers travelling in Business Class will continue to enjoy complimentary access to flydubai’s IFE on their dedicated HD touchscreens with audio content, games and a selection of more than 150 TV series and films from Arabic cinema, Bollywood, Hollywood, Russian cinema and many more.
Commenting on the launch of the new content streaming service, Kerrison added: “flydubai is committed to meeting the needs of its passengers. In-flight entertainment and Wi-Fi connectivity have become an essential part of the travel experience. The new complimentary streaming service will enable more passengers to stay entertained for the duration of their flights. We will add more content in additional languages in the coming few months.
“We are very pleased that Wi-Fi connectivity is now available on 40 of our fleet of 50 Boeing 737 aircraft. Whether they prefer to stay connected for the duration of their flight, or opt to disconnect and enjoy our in-flight entertainment, passengers can now enjoy more options from flydubai. We continue to invest in technology and enhancing our product offering. Over the next few months, we will roll out more services including our new online eShop for passengers to pre-purchase a selection of hundreds of products VAT-free, to be delivered to their seat during the flight. We will also see the introduction of Bluetooth headphone pairing on our Boeing MAX aircraft allowing passengers to bring their own headphones and connect wirelessly to our award-winning seat-back entertainment system,” added Kerrison.
Passengers travelling on a Boeing 737 MAX aircraft can enjoy more comfort and an enhanced travel experience. The new cabin offering features a flatbed in Business Class and in addition to the extra space and privacy, passengers can sleep comfortably during their flight. Economy Class offers new Recaro seats, which are designed to optimise space and comfort.
flydubai’s Boeing 737 MAX aircraft also features IFE with a full HD, 11.6-inch screen, with a wide selection of movies, TV shows, music and games in English, Arabic and Russian. Passengers can enjoy complimentary seatback IFE in Business Class or purchase IFE packages when travelling in Economy Class.
In addition, the Boeing Sky interior with its gently-sculpted sidewalls and its smooth-flowing lines provides passengers with a more relaxing travel environment.
TiSeat E2, Expliseat’s economy class seats for short-haul and long-haul flights, now features in the Airbus A320 BFE Product catalogue.
TiSeat E2 for the Airbus A320 family is based on Expliseat’s advanced seat frame in carbon fibre composite and titanium which has demonstrated over 28 million in-service flight hours and 15 successful certification campaigns, including Head Injury Criteria (HIC), on several aircraft platforms.
Starting at 5 kg per passenger, fully dressed and compliant with HIC, TiSeat E2 is comprised of two product lines: S-line offering efficient features for six-hour flights and X-line, more versatile, for long and extra long-range segments.
The design flexibility and reduction in parts offered by Expliseat’s patented seat frame has been used to reduce weight and maintenance cost while increasing passenger experience with extra living space, large centre armrests and generous enveloping cushions.
Weight savings of TiSeat E2 reduces fuel cost while increasing aircraft performance, easing airlines operations.
“No more compromise between lighter solutions and passenger experience, maintenance or price. With TiSeat E2, we have broken this paradigm! R&D investments, enormous industrial efforts and multiple iterative workshops with customers are allowing us to offer a different solution where lightness means better comfort, better durability, better economics,” said Benjamin Saada, CEO and Co-founder of Expliseat.
TiSeat E2 enters the Airbus A320 family BFE product catalogue after Expliseat’s demonstration of its ability to deliver seats in conformity with Airbus final assembly line requirements.
“It took us less than 10 years to develop our unique technology and become a major player in the regional market. Our solution is mature and we are entering the A320 BFE product catalogue with strong operational and environmental arguments as well as competitive pricing. It will help our customers comply with environmental rules and attract new passengers looking for better solutions,” Saada concluded.
Image: from left to right: Amaury Barberot, COO at Expliseat, Cedric Combe, Project Leader at Airbus, Benjamin Saada, CEO at Expliseat, Jean-Francois Delacroix, A320 Product Offerability at Airbus, Catherine Cadet, Seat Commodity Manager at Airbus, Christian Kley, Head of Purchasing Seats at Airbus and David Robson, Head of Cabin Industrial at Airbus.
Latitude Aero has received approval and designation by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) as an EASA Part 145 Repair Station (EASA.145.6969).
As a FAA and EASA-approved maintenance organisation, Latitude Aero can now provide its customers a dual-release and return to service components that are for European, as well as domestic, aircraft.
“We are excited to add dual-release capabilities to our existing suite of seating services and expand our global reach beyond the United States and into Europe,” said President & CEO Kelvin Boyette. “This coincides perfectly with our planned expansion into Europe later in 2021.”
KLM has commenced work on completely renewing the cabins of 14 Boeing 737-800 aircraft, for both Business Class and Economy Class.
The first refurbished aircraft, which are mainly used for European flights, has already gone into service. In March 2022, the interior of the last in this series of 737-800s will be completely transformed. All activities are carried out by KLM’s Engineering and Maintenance division.
Business Class and Economy Class are equipped with new Recaro SL3710 seats offering more comfort and extra legroom. The upholstery is made of mostly recycled leather. The seats, which have no recline, are 20% lighter on average, reducing the total cabin weight by 700 kg.
All refurbished Boeing 737-800s are equipped with Wi Fi, which can be accessed viap purchased vouchers on KLM’s free in-flight portal. Passengers always get 30 minutes of free messaging.
Each seat has its own USB port for charging devices during the flight, while larger overhead bins provide more storage space on board. LED mood lighting creates a fresh or soothing atmosphere – depending on the time of day.
“KLM wants to offer its passengers even more comfort and style on European flights, while reducing the CO2 emissions of flights. That is why KLM continues to invest in its on-board product and sustainability, so we can continue to meet our customers’ expectations and emerge stronger from the crisis,” stated Boet Kreiken, Executive Vice President Customer Experience, KLM.