Safran partners with Universal Movement to ex..

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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.

On 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..

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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.

JetBlue commits to extending blocking middle ..

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JetBlue will extend through the 4 July holiday its commitment to seat distancing by blocking middle seats in rows where parties are not traveling together. The policy, part of the airline’s multi-layered “Safety from the Ground Up” program, comes as the airline is also set to roll out temperature monitoring for its flight and in-flight crewmembers and electrostatic aircraft fogging in June.

“We are pleased to extend our efforts to keep seats free and help everyone onboard spread out.”

“As communities start to reopen and with summer travel kicking off this weekend, more people are beginning to fly and we want them to feel safe on JetBlue,” said Joanna Geraghty, president and chief operating officer, JetBlue. “Our program layers together a series of protections throughout the entire travel journey, which work together to help keep everyone safe and well.”

JetBlue’s program focused on four focus areas: healthy crewmembers; clean air and surfaces; more space, fewer touchpoints; and travel flexibility.

As part of its “more space, fewer touchpoints” focus, middle seats will be blocked on its Airbus aircraft, and on its smaller Embraer 190 aircraft, JetBlue will block aisle seats. The airline does allow customers traveling together to sit in middle and aisle seats. JetBlue will keep the seat distancing program in place through at least July 6.

Steps to ensure the health and safety of JetBlue’s 23,000 crewmembers include conducting temperature checks for our pilots and in-flight crewmembers (rolling out first week in June); providing disinfectant kits for pilot use on the flight deck, and requiring face coverings for all crewmembers while boarding, in flight, and when physical distancing cannot be maintained

JetBlue is ensuring the use of disinfectant approved to kill coronavirus and maintaining healthy air onboard its aircraft. This includes increasing aircraft cleaning before every flight and overnight, including surfaces that are touched most like tray tables; using electrostatic sprayers to fog the inside of its aircraft (rolling out soon), and filtering cabin air through hospital-grade HEPA air filters with cabin air completely changing about every three minutes.

To increase physical distancing and to decrease touchpoints, JetBlue is requiring face coverings for all customers during check-in, boarding and in-flight; providing touchless check-in and boarding experiences using the JetBlue mobile app and self-boarding gates for many of its flights; implementing a back-to-front boarding process for most customers to minimise passing in the aisle; adjusting on board service including pre-sealed snack and beverage bags in Core, and pre-packaged fresh meals in Mint, and encouraging the use of personal device as a remote for seatback screens on select planes.


United Airlines launches United CleanPlus

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United Airlines has become the latest airline to commit to a new industry-leading standard of cleanliness.

United CleanPlus brings together surface disinfection brand, Clorox, and US medical experts, Cleveland Clinic, to inform and guide United’s new cleaning, safety and social distancing protocols that includes touchless kiosks in select locations for baggage check-in, sneeze guards, mandatory face coverings for crew and customers, and giving customers options when flights are more full.

Clorox products will be used at United’s hub airports and medical experts from the Cleveland Clinic will advise on new technologies, training development and quality assurance programming.

“Safety has always been our top priority, and right now in the midst of an unprecedented crisis, it’s our singular customer focus,” said United CEO, Scott Kirby, in a video message to customers today. “We recognise that COVID-19 has brought cleanliness and hygiene standards to the front of customers’ minds when making travel decisions, and we’re not leaving a single stone unturned in our pursuit to better protect our customers and employees.”

Clorox products will first roll out at United’s hub airports in Chicago and Denver and will be used in the gate and terminal areas, with additional locations to follow.

United consulted with experts at Cleveland Clinic to provide guidance on the airline’s policies and procedures, from mandatory face coverings, to touchless kiosks in select locations for baggage check-in, to social distancing – and ensure they meet or exceed industry standards. Medical experts from the Cleveland Clinic will also advise on new technologies, training development and quality assurance programming. And, as scientists learn more about how to fight COVID-19, Cleveland Clinic experts will help United use those discoveries to quickly implement new ways to keep customers safe.

To date, United has implemented more than a dozen new policies and procedures aligned with United CleanPlus that are designed with health and safety in mind, including equipping its  employees with disinfecting products available so they can disinfect high-touch areas including armrests and handrails.

From 22 May, United will introduce an “all in one” economy snack bag that replaces the economy beverage and complimentary snack choice service on domestic flights scheduled 2 hours and 20 minutes or more. This bag will include a wrapped sanitiser wipe, an 8.5 oz. bottled water, a Stroopwafel and a package of pretzels.

In June, United will enhance cabin sanitisation with electrostatic spraying, which will happen before every flight. In common with other airlines, it is also requiring all employees and customers on board to wear a mask or face covering, helping protect each other, and will supply individually wrapped hand sanitiser wipes to customers as they board. Finally, the airline will be limiting advance seat selections where possible and allowing customers to take alternative flights when we expect a flight to operate over 70% capacity.

Split screen image of Qantas CEO Alan Joyce and passengers wearing face masks

Qantas Group launches ‘Fly Well’ ahead of..

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Split screen image of Qantas CEO Alan Joyce and passengers wearing face masks

From 12 June, Qantas and Jetstar will roll out a series of wellbeing improvements to restore passenger confidence in preparation for domestic travel restrictions easing.

The ‘Fly Well’ program brings together a number of temporary measures already in use by the Qantas Group and represents a combination of best-practice medical advice and feedback from customers.

On board, masks will be provided to all passengers on each flight. Sanitising wipes will also be given to all passengers to wipe down seat belts, trays and armrests themselves, if preferred.

Qantas has already enhanced cleaning of aircraft with a disinfectant effective against Coronaviruses, with a focus on high contact areas – seats, seatbelts, overhead lockers, air vents and toilets. It has also introduced a simplified service and catering to minimise touchpoints for crew and passengers.

Passengers will be asked to limit movement around cabin, once seated, and sequenced boarding and disembarkation to minimise crowding will be introduced.

All airline employees are required to follow strict personal hygiene protocols, for the benefit of themselves and others.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce (pictured) said: “We’re relying on the cooperation of passengers to help make these changes work for everyone’s benefit, and we thank them in advance for that. Given the great job Australians have done at flattening the curve, we’re confident they’ll respond positively to these temporary changes to how we fly.

“We’ll continue to work with government and monitor the roll-out of these measures closely, which are designed with safety in mind and help people feel comfortable given the new norms that have emerged in response to the Coronavirus crisis,” added Joyce.

Qantas Group Medical Director, Dr Ian Hosegood, said: “The data shows that actual risk of catching Coronavirus on an aircraft is already extremely low. That’s due to a combination of factors, including the cabin air filtration system, the fact people don’t sit face-to-face and the high backs of aircraft seats acting as a physical barrier. As far as the virus goes, an aircraft cabin is a very different environment to other forms of public transport.”

“Social distancing on an aircraft isn’t practical the way it is on the ground, and given the low transmission risk on board, we don’t believe it’s necessary in order to be safe. The extra measures we’re putting place will reduce the risk even further,” added Dr Hosegood.

The Fly Well program will be reviewed after its first month of operation and shaped by customer feedback and medical advice.

MGR SafeWall seat display

MGR Foamtex releases latest product enhanceme..

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MGR SafeWall seat display

MGR Foamtex, in cooperation with Zotefoams has released MGRSafeWall and MGRSoftWall NextGen to help reduce weight and address COVID-19.

The dual-density foam has reduced the weight of these ‘soft to touch’ cabin panels by up to 60%, translating to savings of up to 100 kg per aircraft.

On seat shells, monuments, and around sleeping areas, MGRSoftWall NextGen cocoons passengers from hard surfaces and deadens aircraft noise. To inspire designers, there is a wide range of finishes to choose from, including complex 3D shapes and unique patterns debossed into the decorative covering.

​A further innovation is the advanced quick-connect magnetic attachment system.  Maintenance time is reduced and the flexibility to refresh and extend product life is increased.

MGRSafeWall is a further development that guarantees hygiene by combining the advanced design of MGRSoftWall NextGen with the latest anti-microbial science.

MGRSafeWall has been specifically designed to address COVID19. Produced with leading-edge Biomaster anti-microbial technology, it delivers permanent, inherent hygiene, 24 hours a day every day.

Aviointeriors provides glimpse into future wi..

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Aviointeriors has responded to a post COVID-19 future by redesigning the high-density economy class seating to account for social distancing among passengers.

The Glassafe shield is a kit solution that can be installed on existing seats to make close proximity safer among passengers sharing the same row, by minimising contacts and interactions via air between passengers and reducing the probability of contamination by viruses.

Glassafe can be supplied in opaque material or with different degrees of transparency, are easily cleaned and is hygienically safe.

Glassafe can be applied to Aviointeriors’ ‘Janus’ seat, which reverses the position of the centre seat of a triple producing a two-faced seat.

While passengers seated on the side seats, aisle and fuselage, continue to be positioned in the flight direction as usual, the passenger sitting in the centre faces backwards.

In this arrangement, three passengers can be individually separated with the Glassafe shield that isolates them from each other, while still giving access to seat back features such as meal table, literature pocket and other possible features. The shield offers its separation function even when the backrest is reclined.

To ensure access to the seat from the aisle by a disabled passenger, the shield portion on the aisle can be foldable or sliding.

Jamco’s Venture premium class seat takes fl..

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JAMCO Venture seat

Jamco America has confirmed that its Venture premium class seat entered into service on the KLM 787-10 and Air Europa 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft last year. Additional airlines are expected to be announced soon.

Designed in collaboration with Boeing and Teague, the Venture reverse herring-bone business class seat is currently designed for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and 777 airplane, and is made with recycled materials making it lighter than its predecessors (approximately 85 kg per passenger), easier to install and requiring less overall maintenance.

“During the design process of the Venture seat, our main goal was to maximise the passenger experience while minimising the operational costs for airlines,” says Jeremy Hunter, Sr. Sales & Marketing Manager. “What we’ve created is a product that is lightweight, efficient and made with fewer parts, without compromising the integrity of the seat. We’re proud to offer a quality product that caters to the needs of both the airline and its passengers.”

All Venture seats are configured to give every passenger direct aisle access and are fully lie-flat seats. Additional features include a capacitive touch PCU with customisable LED colours and button icons, customisable mood lighting, leather upholstery, adjustable meal tray, and an 18.5-inch entertainment screen.

SpiceJet starts social distancing on flights

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SpiceJet has announced a plan to follow social distancing rules when operations commence again.

Although the operator does not know when its flights will restart, the Indian airline aims to follow government guidelines on ensuring passengers remain two metres apart. This procedure will likely eliminate the option to select your own seat and check-in online with seat allocation being done at the airport prior to boarding.

SpiceJet will eliminate the use of a minimum of one seat or entire sections between passengers to ensure that there is a safe zone. Additionally, coloured tape will be used to show the required distance at its check-in desks as well as blocking off seats on the buses to and from the terminal. The cabin crew will be provided with special training to make sure that rules are followed. If these plans prove effective, it is estimated that aircraft could be flying two thirds empty which would potentially increase seat prices.

A senior official at the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) told The Times of India that with time and advancement to a cure for COVID-19, the onboard social distancing norms will gradually ease. Discussions have been held between airline and airport operators to shorten the required distance, supported by the DGCA stating that “the low volume of travel expected in the first few weeks, 1.5-meter distancing will not be an issue at big airport”.

With many airlines wanting to resume operations as soon as possible, it will be interesting to see how SpiceJet will return to the industry and how soon.