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STELIA Aerospace announces customised Premium Business Class seat for China Airlines

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STELIA Aerospace has revealed it has developed a highly customised version of its EQUINOX Premium Business Class seat for China Airlines’ A321neo.

The first aircraft will enter into service soon and the manufacturer says that thanks to the highest standards provided by the seat and the features specifically developed by STELIA Aerospace and China Airlines to fit the airline’s very stringent requirements, passengers can benefit from a full-flat seat on a single-aisle aircraft.

The seat’s features include a spacious 180-degree full flat bed with an enlarged bed width of 22.5 inches, retractable telescopic partitions between seats for enhanced privacy and a personal storage area under the TV screen which has doors that transform into a small cocktail table.

It also features a new LED control panel that allows passengers to electrically adjust the seat and maximise comfort throughout the flight, together with a new inductive charging for mobile devices – a rare feature on single-aisle aircraft – and night mood lighting projections around each passenger’s head, enhancing comfort at night and helping sleep.

The company has also designed a full-height front row monument specifically tailored for China Airlines. According to STELIA Aerospace, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Airbus, the monument optimises storage space as well as the aircraft seat count, while providing a welcoming cabin ambience for passengers as soon as they board the aircraft.

Thierry Kanengieser, VP Cabin Interior, Airbus Atlantic, said: “In the name of STELIA Aerospace, I am very proud to have worked with China Airlines to develop this brand-new and highly customised EQUINOX Premium Business Class seat for their A321neo. This seat will no doubt contribute widely to passenger comfort on regional routes, complying with China Airlines’ tradition of excellence.”

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Unum Aircraft Seating announces new partners

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Unum Aircraft Seating is partnering up with Sabeti Wain Aerospace, SCHROTH Safety Products and Bühler Motor Aviation GmbH.

Unum says it has carefully considered its supply chain strategy and is building partnerships to cement its position as the credible and reliable alternative in airline seating.

Chris Brady, Executive Chairman and CEO, Unum, said: “At Unum, we want to be known for on time delivery for airlines and for extraordinary passenger experience, while also being a business ‘by people and for people’. To achieve this, we look for partners who share our values and want to do ‘good business’ with an open and honest company. This search has led us to the three fantastic industry leaders we’re announcing partnerships with today.”

Interiors and upholstery specialist Sabeti Wain Aerospace is fuelled by a passion for quality, innovation and travel and has nearly 40 years’ experience in the industry.

Nick Wain, Technical Director, Sabeti Wain Aerospace, said: “I have worked closely with Chris Brady for many years. His approach to business in the aviation industry, design ability and can-do attitude makes for an innovative and exciting working dynamic. Chris has brought with him many refreshing ideas for economy seating, and I am certain with Unum and the brilliant team he has built around him, they are heading towards great success in the business class category. We very much look forward to being involved.”

SCHROTH provides seatbelts and restraint systems for leading commercial airlines, business aircraft, rotorcraft, and general aviation aircraft, as well as safety restraints used by space flight operators such as SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Virgin Galactic.

Martin Nadol, CEO, SCHROTH Safety Products, said: “We are impressed with Unum’s quality of designing and manufacturing business class seats, and we are proud to collaborate with the team and serve as the preferred provider of occupant restraint systems.”

Bühler Motor’s PAXCOM electrical seat actuation system offers a complete solution for integrated seat adjustment to the most sophisticated technical standards.

Dr Lester Faleiro, Managing Director of Bühler Motor Aviation GmbH, said: “For Bühler Motor, the business relationship is a great opportunity to partner a budding start-up. We are proud to be part of the new seating platform. Unum has produced an exciting alternative in aircraft seating and redefines business class comfort with its smart, adaptable and reliable design. The Unum One family of lie-flat business class seats provides a consistent passenger experience across single or twin-aisle aircraft, offering superior comfort and style.”

New seating company aims to upgrade business class seating

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UK-based Unum Aircraft Seating has officially launched – targeting business class seating.

Spearheaded by industry veteran Chris Brady, the former CEO and co-founder of Acro Seating, Unum, working with Acumen, will launch with two lie-flat business class seating options.

Within a given cabin seat density, Unum One and Unum OneHD are wider and longer with more spacious side furniture than competitor seats, with customisation options available to airlines who wish to match their branding and cabin designs

According to Brady, Unum’s Executive Chairman and CEO: “Unum is launching to solve airlines’ longstanding dissatisfaction with business class seating supply. Our vision is to become the credible alternative for both narrowbody and widebody aircraft, offering on-time delivery and providing customer-centric designs. We will achieve this by delivering on the needs of every airline stakeholder, from passengers and customer experience teams to procurement and engineering, aircraft lessors and cabin design agencies.

“We recognise that airlines need to succeed in business class to rebuild their finances post-COVID. Whether an airline’s strategy is for high-density business class or a super-premium spacious environment, Unum’s seating solutions offer a consistent and superior passenger experience across both single- and twin-aisle aircraft.”

He added: “Because late, inflexible delivery is unacceptable, we have worked hard to design a seat and supply chain that both mitigates risks and prioritises local suppliers and additive manufacturing. Thanks to our modular design, parts can quickly be replaced or maintained. In addition, our lightweight approach will contribute to airlines’ emissions goals by reducing fuel burn per flight.”

ZIM Aircraft Seating is to triple its activities at Immenstaad by expanding its new headquarters opened in March 2021.

ZIM Aircraft Seating expands Immenstaad HQ

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ZIM Aircraft Seating is to triple its activities at Immenstaad by expanding its new headquarters opened in March 2021.

ZIM Aircraft Seating is to triple its activities at Immenstaad by expanding its new headquarters opened in March 2021.

Additional office space has already been occupied, with a new model shop with a design department for the market-driven development of future products set to open by April 2022. In addition, the headquarters will be expanded to include an automated test centre and a new customer service area with modern repair and maintenance facilities.

The new headquarters on Lake Constance is part of ZIM’s decision after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, to realign the corporate structure in order to be able to better serve future orders and to increase the efficiency of the processes within the company.

“The investment into our location expansion is a clear commitment to our employees and the region,” emphasised ZIM CEO Sven Achilles. “We have a social responsibility that is independent of time and which we also live up to by creating structures that will make us competitive in the future.”

ANA's Premium seating (above) and Economy seating on its Boeing 787-9 aircraft.

ANA introduces newly designed Boeing 787-9 interiors

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ANA's Premium seating (above) and Economy seating on its Boeing 787-9 aircraft.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) has begun introducing its revamped Boeing 787-9 aircraft for service on domestic routes.

“The Boeing 787 has served ANA with distinction for a decade now, and we are excited to add more comfort and functionality to our fleet of incredibly capable aircraft,” said Junko Yazawa, Senior Vice President, Customer Experience Management & Planning of ANA. “The new features on the Boeing 787-9 strengthen an already great aircraft and will improve the passenger experience on domestic flights. ANA has always put passengers first and will continue to take all necessary steps to enhance comfort and convenience for everyone who chooses to fly with us.”

The aircraft offers 375 seats, with the number of premium class seats increased by 10 for a total of 28 seats. Inspired by the first class seating on ANA international flights, and originally introduced on ANA’s Boeing 777-200 fleet in autumn 2019, the seats manufactured by Safran Seats US feature large dividers between seats to provide greater security and privacy, intuitive electric seat control, easily accessible PC power and USB port locations and a large swivelling tray table. Additionally, premium class includes a 15.6-inch flat-screen personal monitor, the largest screen on a domestic flight.

In economy class seats, the new aircraft will feature the same seats offered on ANA’s domestic Boeing 777-200 aircraft. Each seat, manufactured and designed by Toyota Boshoku and ANA’s has a unique fabric pattern, allowing passengers to experience new in-flight spaces each time they board.

The seat’s backrest supports the pelvis to help passengers maintain a relaxed posture while the seat shape is suited to all body types. Each seat features a 13.3-inch thin personal screen, the largest economy class monitor on domestic flights, PC power supply and USB ports and a highly ergonomic table and armrest. Cup holders have adopted a clover shape to make it easier to remove paper cups.

Image: L-R: MP & Minister for Science, Research and Innovation, George Freeman; CEO of Mirus, Ben McGuire.

Mirus breaks ground on new test facility

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Image: L-R: MP & Minister for Science, Research and Innovation, George Freeman; CEO of Mirus, Ben McGuire.

Construction has begun for Mirus Aircraft Seating’s new dynamic test facility at its headquarters in Norfolk, UK.

Having received a £250,000 grant from the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership Growing Business Fund in July this year which will contribute toward the cost of the project, construction has now begun for the 407m² facility, which is due to be completed and opened in July 2022.

The facility will feature a state-of-the-art, dynamic test sled, which is a bespoke device used for destructive or non-destructive crash test replication. Designed for high-impact testing of automotive, aerospace, motorsport and rail vehicles, the 30m-long device is the most technologically advanced available.

Ben McGuire, CEO of Mirus, said: “As we start constructing the largest commercially available testing facility in the UK, we’re creating a hub for pioneering innovation in the seating industry. Rivalling some of the very best across Europe, our testing facility will not only allow us to develop new technologies at a much faster pace, but it will also be open to other businesses who require testing – improving testing processes across a variety of transportation sectors and attracting businesses internationally.”

McGuire continued: “As a result of this extension to our business, we are seeking talented people to come and join us in successfully running the facility. We have started a recruitment drive to hire for several technical, engineering and support roles, and we encourage anyone with passion and the right experience to apply.”

Mirus Aircraft Seating currently works with Airbus, TUI Group, and AirAsia, with seats flying since 2018 and over 100,000 of its flagship Hawk seats sold. The company is looking to expand its client base with the opening of the new facility.

Image: L-R: MP & Minister for Science, Research and Innovation, George Freeman; CEO of Mirus, Ben McGuire.
Interior of Cebu Pacific 's A330-900neo aircraft

Cebu Pacific receives first batch of A330-900neos

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Interior of Cebu Pacific 's A330-900neo aircraft

Cebu Pacific has taken delivery of its first sixteen A330-900neo aircraft kitted out with fully customised galleys, stowages, doghouses and partition walls from Bucher.

Bucher developed highly compressed galleys for the restricted space conditions to allow Cebu to maximise seating capacity.

The airline’s newest aircraft features 459 lightweight Recaro seats, ergonomically designed for comfort over long distances.

“Cebu Pacific’s first A330neo brings us closer to our target of having an all-Neo fleet by 2027, and shows our commitment to making air travel accessible, while ensuring environmental and social sustainability,” said Alex Reyes, Chief Strategy Officer at Cebu Pacific.

“We believe that growth and sustainability are not mutually exclusive and should in fact be inclusive if we want to work towards the greater good. This is why we will always choose the greener options – increased aircraft efficiency, reduced noise and carbon emissions, to ensure that more low fares will be available for everyJuan,” Reyes added.

“We thank and applaud Cebu Pacific for selecting our latest-technology A330neo as part of its fleet modernisation drive to fly the greenest aircraft for a sustainable future. The A330neo is the first aircraft in the world already certified to comply with ICAO’s CO2 emissions standards beyond 2028. The airline will benefit from the aircraft’s step-change in performance and economics, while maintaining passenger comfort and lowest operating costs,” said Anand Stanley, President Airbus Asia-Pacific.

The outstanding efficiency of the A330neo also ensures compliance with the current and future sustainability requirements in terms of noise and emissions, providing passengers with the utmost comfort in one of the quietest planes developed. Thanks to the construction materials and engines chosen for this aircraft, the exterior noise footprint is reduced to nearly 60%, and noise level in the aircraft is 3db quieter than competitors.

As one of the world’s youngest fleets, CEB’s newest aircraft is set to enter service next month to fly to various destinations across CEB’s international and domestic network.

Emirates announces major retrofit programme

Emirates announces major retrofit programme

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Emirates announces major retrofit programme

Emirates is to retrofit 105 of its modern wide-body aircraft with its Premium Economy product, in addition to other cabin enhancements.

The 18-month retrofit programme, scheduled to begin at the end of 2022, will be entirely conducted at Emirates’ state-of-the-art Engineering Centre in Dubai. It will see 52 Emirates A380s and 53 Boeing 777s fitted with a new cabin class –Premium Economy. The airline is also considering installing a brand-new Business Class product on its Boeing 777 aircraft, with customised seats in a 1-2-1 layout.

Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline, said: “Emirates is investing in this retrofit programme to ensure that we continue to serve our customers’ needs, and provide the best experiences in the sky. Since we introduced our Premium Economy seats a year back, we’ve received a hugely positive response. Customers have been amazed by the quality and comfort. As Emirates has done with our signature First, Business and full-service Economy travel experiences, we intend to further develop our Premium Economy into a distinctive Emirates experience that is unmatched in the industry. We are also considering a brand-new Business Class product. More details will be revealed in due course.”

Sir Tim added: “It is also a source of pride that the entire retrofit project will be conducted at our home base in Dubai. It demonstrates the strong aviation capabilities that has been built up within Emirates airline and the broader UAE ecosystem to support such a highly specialised and technical programme.”

At the end of the retrofit programme, Emirates will have a total of 111 Boeing 777 and Airbus A380 aircraft offering Premium Economy seats, including the 6 A380s that would have been delivered to the airline with four cabin classes by December 2021.

On the Emirates Boeing 777, 5 rows of Economy class seats located just behind Business Class will be removed to install 24 Premium Economy seats laid out in 2-4-2 configuration. On the Emirates A380, 56 Premium Economy seats will installed at the front of the main deck also in 2-4-2 configuration.

Covered in anti-stain leather with stitching details and a wood panel finishing, each seat is designed to provide optimal comfort and support with six-way adjustable headrests, calf rests and footrests. Offering a pitch of up to 40-inches, each seat is 19.5 inches wide and reclines eight inches into a comfortable cradle position with ample room to stretch out. Other thoughtful touches include easily accessible in-seat charging points, a wide dining table and side cocktail table.

The airline has also extended its partnership with Panasonic to provide a suite of IFEC solutions for the new cabin class.

Long-time customer Wizz Air has selected Geven to outfit its forthcoming fleet of 20 A321NY XLR aircraft.

Wizz reselects Geven

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Long-time customer Wizz Air has selected Geven to outfit its forthcoming fleet of 20 A321NY XLR aircraft.

Long-time customer Wizz Air has selected Geven to outfit its forthcoming fleet of 20 A321 XLR aircraft.

The new aircraft will feature the economy class SuperEco seating. The order brings the total of Wizz Air Geven-equipped aircraft to 232.

Owain Jones of Wizz Air said: “We are excited to be receiving Geven’s newest technology ultra-light weight seats in 20 of our new A321 XLR aircraft. These seats will contribute to Wizz Air’s sustainability initiatives aiming at reducing fuel burn and thus reducing emissions by further 25% in the next decade. We are convinced that thanks to their ergonomic design and thin, however comfortable design, these new seats will also win the hearts of our passengers.”

Geven's new Materia seat model, developed with PriestmanGoode

Geven and PriestmanGoode reveal Materia seat model

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Geven's new Materia seat model, developed with PriestmanGoode

Geven and PriestmanGoode have unveiled the latest seat iteration under its seating partnership announced in early 2021.

Following the launch of the Elemento economy seat in August, the first in the line of next-generation product, the pair have launched their new Materia seat model.

Designed for short-haul business class or long-haul premium economy class, Materia brings passenger experience to the next level, redefining comfort with integrated features.

Materia provides the passenger with different levels of privacy, storage room and greater directional lighting for a number of scenarios.

Materials were selected to give an enhanced sense of quality with details such as wood inlays, leather and infused plastics. The seat features an integrated class-leading monitor for in-flight entertainment, with an additional storage shelf beneath. End bays feature detailing that wraps around the back shell to give the feeling of a fully connected seat.

“Materia is the second seat model of the next generation platform which embodies our passenger centric philosophy,” said Pasquale Rapullini, RD Manager at Geven.

“Our goal is to provide the passenger with an experience of comfort and wellness while seated. All seat features and options have concentrated on achieving this goal. Adopting cutting edge technical solutions allows the enhanced living space and high level of comfort built into the seat. Composite materials to reach ergonomic profiles, pressure release wave system, innovative tablet holder and new cushion technologies are just some of the features introduced on Materia,” continued Rapullini.

“We take pride in presenting the newest addition to our family of seats ” Materia”. This new seat model embodies what we hope is the very soul of our Italian identity through style, comfort, careful sound design,” he added.

Daniel Macinnes, Design Director at PriestmanGoode stated: “Our partnership with Geven combines their technical expertise with our design knowledge and our combined insight into customer experience. We began working on this next generation of seats in September 2020. What we have achieved in that time is testament to the outstanding capabilities of both teams and shows that great collaborations can lead to great innovation. The next-generation seats provide Geven with a strong offer to support the aviation industry as we start to move towards recovery.”