ABC International unveils Rigid Life-Vest Box

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ABC International has released the final version of the Rigid Life-vest Box.

The new ABC rigid transparent box is already flying with a major air-carrier.

A specific anti-intrusion system prevents unwanted access while special seals avoid and discourage passengers form improperly removing the life-vest or introducing any foreign or dangerous object. The transparent material allows crew to perform a quick visual inspection to ensure the life-vest is underneath any seat.

The design development has been led by customer feedback and requests. The main features include easy accessibility; lowest possible weight; a tailor-made size, and high flexibility to integrate the box in a variety of different seat models. The box has also been designed to be easily installed on the most common seats by means of an adaptable aluminium interface sheet.

The Life Vest Rigid Box has been manufactured using flame retardant and high-strength polycarbonate resin-UV stabilised material through injection molding technology. Resistance to damages and long-life of materials are distinctive elements of the box. The life-vest box has been sized to allow installation of the most common standard single cell passenger life preservers.

ABC International box is an airworthy product and ready to be installed on board. It is fully compliant with the CS/AR 25.853(a) requirements and successfully tested as part of the “seat system” against CS/FAR 25.562.

ABC International can perform, under its Part21J privileges, the box retrofit installation on board of already flying seats while cooperation is possible with seat OEMs to integrate in any cabin environment and configuration and of course on brand-new seats.

Trio combine capabilities to tackle spread of COVID-19

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A new collaboration has been launched to address the long-term concerns that have developed as a result of the global pandemic, with the creation of an economy class passenger seat aimed at minimising the risk of infection from COVID-19 without impacting the commercial model that airlines fly with.

Tapis Corp from Armonk, New York, SIMONA Boltaron from Newcomerstown, Ohio and Molon Labe Seating from Denver, Colorado,  have joined forces on a design that utilises physical distancing, anti-microbial surfaces and respiratory protection, to minimise the spread of COVID-19 on aircraft.

Tapis is supplying the Ultrafabrics-manufactured anti-microbial technology, Promessa to cover the seat back, seat pan, armrests and headrest.

Matthew Nicholls from Tapis Corporation commented: “The Promessa product has anti-microbial silver ion technology built into the topskin of the product. It is inherent in the polymer to ensure maximum efficacy and prevent any leaching throughout the lifetime of the product”.

The Promessa material can also be cleaned with a wide range of EPA registered cleaners and disinfectants and is the reason why they are the market leader in the healthcare industry for surface materials

The headrest features a unique curved design that reduces contact with neighbouring passengers and creates a barrier to the transmission of corona virus particles.

The large, one-sided headrest can act as a physical barrier that be rotated 180 degrees to open up the seats between traveling friends and family, or used to act as a physical barrier between unknown passengers. It also offers a patented headrest vent which would distribute fresh cabin air directly in front of the passengers face rather than from an overhead vent. This fresh air vent would have volume and direction adjustments similar to current overhead cabin air vents.

New Boltaron’s new 9815N FAR-rated material has been specially engineered to withstand frequent cleaning with strong chemicals, in addition to UV-C disinfection and electrostatic fogging. 9815N is also offered as a standard with an anti-microbial treatment and can be customised in an unlimited range of textures and colours.

Molon Labe worked with SIMONA Boltaron’s scm360° prototyping and specialty design team to optimise the engineered design of the unique S2 seat shell design.

In addition to providing the materials, SIMONA Boltaron engineered the 3D tooling data, built the tool and thermoformed the prototype parts for the seat.

The three partners plan to complete the design by early 2021.

IpVenture unveils semi- private-cubicle seating concept

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US-based IpVenture has unveiled its staggered seating concept that provides passengers with semi-private cubicles.

The company says this arrangement significantly increases comfort, privacy, and accessibility, and maintains the overall coach seating capacity, providing individual arm rests and more leg room. The seat incline has been increased to a 45-degree angle.

Rows of seats are set at angles. Seats have their partitions to create individual semi-private cubicles. Attendants can serve passengers, and passengers can access their seats, both without pushing past others, says the company.

IpVenture has designed this staggered seating to fit inside standard-size fuselages.

Molon Labe unveils latest version of Stagger Seat

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Molon Labe Seating has introduced a version of its S2 Economy Class “Stagger Seat” that addresses both physical and respiratory protection.

This design aims to improve the safety of passengers in the Post-COVID-19 world while addressing the travel experience to offer more space, adjustable barriers, and optional direct cabin air venting to a passenger’s face.

The unique attributes of this design include:

  • A large rotating, one-sided headrest that acts as a physical barrier between passengers, rotating 180 degrees to offer options for passengers traveling with friends and family.
  • Staggered layout to increase lateral space whilst reducing contact points between passengers.
  • Staggered armrests to further reduce contact points between passengers.
  • Patented design that optionally vents fresh cabin air from the seat’s headrest directly towards the passenger’s face with controllable flow rates and direction similar to overhead cabin vents.
  • Option for cellphone (Bluetooth) controlled in-flight entertainment system.

Molon Labe expects this design will address the long-term concerns that have developed as a result of the global pandemic and plans to complete the design by the end of 2020. “Our aim is to look at a long-term solution by making these post-COVID specific changes to our S2 design addressing both passenger comfort and confidence,” said Hank Scott, CEO, Molon Labe Designs.

Expliseat TiSeat

Nolinor Aviation selects Expliseat’s TiSeat E2

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Expliseat TiSeat

Canada’s Nolinor Aviation is equipping is Boeing 737-400 fleet with the TiSeat E2 from Expliseat.

Claiming to be 40% % lighter than any other certified seats in the market, TiSeat E2 is reducing the total weight of Nolinor’s aircraft by 1.1 tons. The seat is equipped with a 4.5-inch recline and foam combinations for flights up to 7 hours.

“For our new fleet of Boeing 737-400, we needed to give a fresh look to the interior of our aircraft while also improving performance. The solution put forward by Expliseat is perfect for us,” said Marco Prud’Homme, President of Nolinor Aviation.

“Our market shares in Canada are rapidly growing with more than 3,000 TiSeat flying on Dash 8, ATR and Boeing 737 aircraft. We are delighted to have Nolinor flying with our seats on the Boeing 737 aircraft. It demonstrates how our lightweight technology is a key asset for Airlines in Canada to improve their operations while decreasing their CO2 emissions,” concludes Benjamin Saada, CEO Expliseat.

Zephyr Aerospace launches double-decker seating concept

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San Francisco startup Zephyr Aerospace has unveiled its concept for combining a lie-flat seat with social distancing rules for premium economy passengers on widebody aircraft.

According to the company, the world’s first lie-flat “double-decker” seating concept for premium economy class passengers offers a comfortable bed with all-aisle access in a 2-4-2 configuration — the same density as existing premium economy set-ups on 90% of airlines worldwide.

The non-mechanical sleep seats have limited movable fixtures and are made with “the highest standard lightweight composite materials”, reducing direct maintenance costs for airlines. A telescopic ladder provides quick and easy access to the upper area and can be removed after boarding.

The company says the drop-down footwell cover increases personal space in each seat, allowing for multiple lie-flat positions, including space for small children and families to lie next to each other (dependent on an airline’s social distancing rules). Airlines can retrofit these sleep seats between a 38-42” seat pitch based on their preferences and industry standards and increase ancillary revenue.

Zephry has launched an equity crowdfunding campaign on Republic (

ABC International Boom Headrest

ABC International unveils Boom Headrest

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ABC International Boom Headrest

ABC International has launched a new headrest, which it claims will eliminate the need for passengers to bring their own portable orthopaedic pillows on board.

Designed by Aysegul Durak, former Cabin Interior Chief Engineer at Turkish Airlines, the Boom Headrest supports the correct orthopaedic posture of the neck and nape tightly embracing the nape, neck and head.

The “gooseneck”, the multifunctional mechanism within the headrest, gives passengers various neck and head support options which can be achieved by applying a light pressure on the arms to bring “Boom Headrest” into the desired position.

In order to have the lightest headrest in the market ABC International used aeronautic state-of-the-art materials and processes. The main structure of the Boom Headrest is manufactured in aluminium alloy with steel and polyamide inserts, for long life functionality, integrity and uniformity.

The Boom Headrest can be installed on any seat either retrofit or linefit.

“ABC INTERNATIONAL is a well-known DOA company in the aviation industry that provides a complete customisation services including design, EASA certification and testing for new interior components. They can also deliver the kits with EASA Form One including Engineering Order for installation.” stated Durak explaining the choice of ABC International as technical and commercial partner.

“They have the ability to provide the best product with excellent skills. With ABC, I feel confident that my design would come to life exactly as it should be.”

“We can change the dimensions, foam stiffness and also fabric/leather according to the demand. We can adjust those according to the seat dimensions and model. One of the best parts of co-operating with Italian companies is they make the product in a very aesthetical way besides its quality,” she added.

Safran partners with Universal Movement to exclusively manufacture Interspace seat range

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Safran has signed an exclusive partnership with Universal Movement to bring the Interspace seat range to market.

Following the launch of Interspace at the Aircraft Cabin Innovation Summit in December 2019 ( Safran will develop and manufacture the Interspace portfolio, across economy and premium/domestic business class; an upgradable retrofit solution for existing premium economy seating (pictured); and the Interspace ‘Lite’ edition for economy.

One novel feature of Interspace is the use of its patented lateral-support wing design to provide greater privacy and comfort to passengers when travelling in premium economy. Passengers are able to fold out two padded wings to provide greater lateral support and the ability to change posture at seat. The system is also retrofittable, which allows carriers to remove an existing seat-back and fit the Interspace technology onto a fleet without replacing existing seat units and adding additional cost.

The two companies are working on an equipment adaptation called Interspace Lite, which gives airlines flexibility to easily reconfigure their economy cabins, by providing delineation and privacy between passengers by locking out either the central or outboard seats of a row.

Luke Miles, Founder of Universal Movement, said, “With the travel industry severely affected by the spread of coronavirus, we have also sought to provide a solution through the Interspace Lite solution that could allow airlines to get back on their feet much sooner than if standard aircraft seating were to remain the same. Our partnership with Safran is a significant step in helping support the industry and also make planes a much more comfortable space for passengers when they look to travel again in the future.”

The manufacturing of both Lite and Premium Economy upgrade products is set to begin early summer of this year, with supply and kitting tailored to meet demand thereafter.

Design and development work will continue leading to a fully integrated Interspace product for Economy and Premium Economy as a new seat offering.

Jamco America unveils Jamco Soft Divider

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Jamco America has unveiled its new leather-wrapped Jamco Soft Divider, designed for narrow-body single aisle aircraft.

The soft eyebrow-type cabin class divider enables maximum seat density while also providing greater division between cabin classes for reduced spread of germs among passengers

“The new Jamco Soft Divider has an increased surface area from the previous hanging divider to allow additional separation from the rear passengers and the forward passengers,” said Kristi Dutson, Director of Sales and Program Management at Jamco America. “As a result, the spread of germs between cabin classes is reduced, increasing passenger safety.”

The Jamco Soft Divider offers easy installation and seamless integration with existing header provisions certified for current Boeing 737 divider systems and is scheduled to be certified for the Airbus A321 later this year. Upon request, the Jamco Soft Divider can be formed to follow the contour of the seat back in the reclined position.


Vision Systems releases fast and easy barrier solution at each seat

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Vision Systems has released a quick-split barrier system to help airlines protect passengers against COVID-19.

The barrier provides a protective barrier between passengers, limiting contact and the spread of viruses, and allows airlines to maximise seat loads, as there is no need to leave an empty seat between passengers.

According to the company, the barrier is quick and easy to mount and dismantle, doesn’t need modification of the seat and is adaptable to any type of armrest.

In addition to being compact and light, other features include its robustness and durability (it is tear and vibration resistant), with easy maintenance and cleaning.

Vision Systems is offering the barrier as a customisable solution in various dimension, shape and colour.