ACA’s air ionisation and purification system is powered by the patented NPBI process, which has been proven to swiftly purify the air and surfaces as well as neutralise viruses and bacteria throughout an aircraft interior.

ST Engineering receives approval for ACA’s cabin air purification solution on Airbus platforms

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ACA’s air ionisation and purification system is powered by the patented NPBI process, which has been proven to swiftly purify the air and surfaces as well as neutralise viruses and bacteria throughout an aircraft interior.

ST Engineering’s commercial aerospace business has received the Approved Model List Supplemental Type Certificate (AML-STC) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to install Aviation Clean Air (ACA)’s cabin air purification solution on Airbus platforms.

The certification allows ST Engineering to install the patented Needlepoint Bipolar Ionisation (NPBI) System that neutralises pathogens and purifies air in cabin interiors during flight operations on commercial and VIP-configured Airbus A320/A321 aircraft.

“With more borders opening up, we want to help boost passenger safety and confidence, and enhance passenger comfort with innovative cabin interior sanitisation solutions. By combining our MRO and engineering expertise with ACA’s patented purification system, we aim to provide this proven and low-maintenance solution to support the return to flying,” said Tan Yen Ping, Vice President and Head, Cabin Interior and Engineering Solutions, ST Engineering.

ACA’s air ionisation and purification system is powered by the patented NPBI process, which has been proven to swiftly purify the air and surfaces as well as neutralise viruses and bacteria throughout an aircraft interior. The system is able to stop the spread of up to 99.9% of airborne and surface pathogens, including the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The NPBI process can also remove odours, dust and pollen; prevent mould, neutralise common industrial gases and reduce static electricity.

The system is automatically activated during flights to provide constant decontamination of the aircraft interior without using or introducing chemicals.

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Avianca begins A320 fleet reconfiguration process

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Avianca has introduced three new seats as part of a cabin refiguration on its

Avianca has unveiled its three new seats: Premium, Plus and Economy, all designed by Recaro Aircraft Seating and which will be installed on the airline’s reconfigured fleet in the coming days.

The seats will be available on Avianca’s short and medium-haul flights.

According to the airline, more than 100 Avianca experts have been working for over one year in the redesign project, with the participation of great strategic partners. Among these partners are Recaro, who is manufacturing all of the new seats, one of them exclusively for Avianca, and Airbus, with whom the airline is taking better advantage of the rear of the aircraft thanks to SpaceFlex and who have accompanied the reconfiguration process directly.

The seat design defined by Recaro reduces the weight per passenger by over 30% on each aircraft in addition to decreasing CO2 emissions per transported passenger by an average of 13%, becoming friendlier to the environment.

Premium has been developed exclusively by Recaro for Avianca and will be available on the first three rows of the aircraft. The reclining seat will be the widest available for passengers and will feature a central console with individual compartments, a power plug, USB port. It will be available from the first half of the next year.

Available between rows 4 and 14, the Plus seat’s design is light and comfortable, featuring an independent headrest with six positions, an independent stand for personal electronic devices, USB ports.

Economy is located between rows 15 and 32. This pre-reclined seat has a stand for personal electronic devices integrated into the table and USB ports.

The new interior design of the aircraft also includes Airbus’ SpaceFlex, a module that optimises the rear of the aircraft, combining the galleys and lavatories, allowing Avianca to increase its seat capacity.

“The installation of more than 14,000 seats and the new lavatory space in all of our A320 aircraft will be completed by the end of 2022. Until that date and pending the full transition of the fleet, our clients will find aircraft that will look different inside and will not have the final configuration; they will soon fly in aircraft with a renewed interior on which they will continue to travel comfortably, safely and pleasantly,” said Albert Perez, Vice President of Engineering and Maintenance for Avianca.

The airline estimates that the first fully redesigned aircraft will be ready by the second quarter of 2022 and the full and final configuration of the A320 fleet will be completed by the end of 2022. It also confirmed that the 787 Dreamliner aircraft, currently used for long-haul flights in America and Europe, will preserve the traditional business class cabin and the rest of the aircraft will be redesigned adding state-of-the-art seats and, considering this is a time of transition, clients will find aircraft with different-looking interiors.

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3D printing partnership targets aerospace aftermarket supply chains

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Materialise and Proponent have entered into a partnership to provide a one-stop-shop solution for aftermarket parts where 3D printing is featured alongside other manufacturing technologies.

Announcing the partnership, Materialise and Proponent have set out to explore ways to help aerospace OEMs access the benefits of 3D printing, ultimately envisioning a digital supply chain enabling on-demand manufacturing. While 3D printing has so far been the domain of specialist engineering departments in aerospace companies, this development will bring it into the procurement domain and thus make it increasingly accessible for MROs to source 3D-printed parts.

Bart Van der Schueren, CTO of Materialise, commented: “Open solutions and a collaborative approach have always been crucial to Materialise. Today we are excited to combine our capabilities as an EASA 21.G-certified production organisation with Proponent’s reach and central position in the aerospace supply chain. This brings 3D printing technology right in the comfort zone of the aerospace industry’s well-established supply chains.”

Andrew Todhunter, Proponent CEO added: “3D printing represents an opportunity to help our OEM and Supplier Partners to become more efficient in their supply chains and complements our stocking distribution model. Producing customized parts or small production runs through AM gives us an opportunity to source on-demand, sustainably, and avoid high minimum order quantities. Our customers get what they need, when they need it, and OEMs avoid the cost and risks that come with manufacturing these parts.”

Proponent, headquartered in Brea, California, provides traditional distribution services to airlines, MROs and OEMs, as well as innovative inventory management solutions. The company ships 54 million parts per year to over 6,000 aerospace customers in over 100 countries. The majority of parts serve the aftermarket, with applications spanning cabin interiors, engines, airframe and cockpits.

Leuven, Belgium- headquartered Materialise manufactures 700 part series per year for diverse aerospace customers, from leading OEMs to MROs and supplier tiers. This includes an estimated 26,000 parts per year for the Airbus A350 system alone. Materialise is also currently the only supplier to offer manufacturing services in two 3D printing technologies approved by Airbus for flight-ready parts, since becoming Airbus’s first manufacturer for the Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) technology in May this year.

Hong Zhao, COO of Royole Corporation, and Alejandro Morales, Airbus Project Leader for Flexible Display, attended the Airshow China to showcase together the cabin flexible display prototypes

Royole & Airbus unveil cabin flexible display prototypes

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Hong Zhao, COO of Royole Corporation, and Alejandro Morales, Airbus Project Leader for Flexible Display, attended the Airshow China to showcase together the cabin flexible display prototypes

Royole and Airbus have revealed a series of cabin flexible display prototypes, the first under the partnership established in 2018.

“Fully flexible display is an ultra-thin and ultra-light cutting-edge technology, adapting to any cabin surface with minimum integration efforts. Working as a ‘sticker’, it is the human-machine interface of the future in aviation, we are making it real with Royole, and we will continue to work together to push the boundaries of what is possible for aviation,” said Alejandro Morales, Airbus Project Leader for Flexible Display.

“Utilising fully flexible displays instead of traditional LCDs in aircraft can reduce both cost and weight, saving fuel and reducing carbon emissions in airliners,” said Hong Zhao, COO of Royole Corporation, “which will provide new paths to improving the sustainability of our world.”

According to Royole, its flexible solutions will save hundreds of thousands dollars of fuel annually, and meet the industry’s strict quality and safety standards, passing the AS9100 and DO160 tests for flammability, toxicity and smoke.

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Caeli Nova signs agreement with Airbus

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Breathing technology expert Caeli Nova and Airbus are to collaborate on Cordillera, Caeli Nova’s new passenger emergency oxygen system, for use onboard Airbus aircraft, following the signing of a Co-Development Partnership Agreement.

Cordillera uses Caeli Nova’s patented technology to improve passenger oxygenation in the rare event of an emergency decompression. Cordillera extends the performance of existing oxygen systems by enabling the aircraft to safely divert at a higher altitude, therefore allowing airlines to operate the most direct air routes, often over high terrain, reducing flight times, fuel usage and carbon emissions.

Tim Wakeford, CEO at Caeli Nova said: “Over the past three years we have built a team that is able to adapt quickly and operate highly collaboratively to drive innovation forward. For example, in December 2020 we received initial Design Organisation approval from EASA following an intensive fourteen-month process, an achievement that can take companies significantly longer. We will be bringing this agile approach to our work with Airbus and look forward to seeing the results.”

BBAM Limited Partnership (BBAM) and Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), a joint venture of ST Engineering and Airbus, have announced an order volume for Airbus A320/A321 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) including options.

BBAM commits to Airbus A320/A321P2F conversion programme

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BBAM Limited Partnership (BBAM) and Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), a joint venture of ST Engineering and Airbus, have announced an order volume for Airbus A320/A321 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) including options.

BBAM Limited Partnership (BBAM) and Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), a joint venture of ST Engineering and Airbus, have announced an order volume for Airbus A320/A321 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) including options.

The new orders by BBAM bring the total number of its A320/A321P2F to no less than 20, with the conversions to be carried out by EFW through 2025. The agreement comes with the option to add new conversion slots every year starting in 2026.

“With this latest order, BBAM is now the largest aircraft lessor for the A320/A321P2F programme, and one of the top P2F customers of EFW,” said Andreas Sperl, Chief Executive Officer of EFW. “The order volume by BBAM translates into a full conversion line with a minimum of five slots per year, with many of the conversions to be carried out at the airframe facility of our parent company, ST Engineering, in the US. When combined with top-notch conversion standards, our A321P2F solution offers unique benefits for air freight activities, including best-in-class economics, reduced noise, lower carbon footprint, real-time health monitoring and the highest level in reliability.”

“Our commitment to the P2F programme demonstrates our confidence in the ability of EFW and ST Engineering to deliver long-term value enhancement for the A320s and A321s in our fleet,” said Steve Zissis, President and Chief Executive Officer of BBAM. “We have committed to the A320/A321P2F programme well into the future – beyond 2026 – because we see it as a greener and highly innovative solution for our airline customers, and an excellent way to drive value for our investors.”

In January this year, BBAM announced the delivery of the world’s first Airbus A321P2F on lease to Titan Airways.

The Airbus A320/A321P2F is the first in its size category to offer containerised loading in both the main deck (up to 14 full container positions) and lower deck (up to 10 container positions). EFW’s A320/A321P2F solution, which comes with optimised weight distribution to enable random loading even on empty flights, as well as a payload-range capability of more than 28 metric tons, accords high flexibility for operators, in particular express carriers.

Catherine Jestin as Executive Vice President Digital and Information Management, at Airbus

Catherine Jestin appointed as Airbus EVP Digital and Information Management

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Catherine Jestin as Executive Vice President Digital and Information Management, at Airbus

Airbus SE has appointed Catherine Jestin as Executive Vice President Digital and Information Management, effective 1 July 2021. Jestin currently holds the position of Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Airbus.

“This nomination comes at a time of particular importance for the digital transformation of Airbus, as we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis and prepare ourselves for the next phases in the development of our civil and military activities,” said Guillaume Faury. “The main focus of this new organisation will be to foster digital innovation across Airbus’ industrial ecosystem and our products and services portfolio, accelerating data analytics, artificial intelligence, automation and services for Airbus’ customers as well as digital security for the Company.”

Jestin will work to reinforce the transversal cooperation across Airbus functions company-wide in order to continue the successful deployment of the Digital Design, Manufacturing & Services (DDMS) programme, established to enable co-design capabilities and digital continuity system-wide. She will also leverage and coordinate digital talent pools across the organisation to support the wider transformation of Airbus’ ways of working through state-of-the-art digital tools, technologies and processes, while ensuring the Company is at the forefront of environmentally sustainable IT practices.

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Airbus updates production plans

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Airbus has released details of its production plans as it readies itself for the expected recovery in the commercial aircraft market, which it expects will be led by single-aisle aircraft.

“The aviation sector is beginning to recover from the COVID-19 crisis”, said Guillaume Faury, Airbus CEO. “The message to our supplier community provides visibility to the entire industrial ecosystem to secure the necessary capabilities and be ready when market conditions call for it. In parallel, we are transforming our industrial system by optimising our aerostructures set-up and modernising our A320 Family production facilities. All these actions are set in motion to prepare our future.”

A320 Family: Airbus has confirmed an average A320 Family production rate of 45 aircraft per month in Q4 2021 and calls on suppliers to prepare for the future by securing a firm rate of 64 by Q2 2023. In anticipation of a continued recovering market, Airbus is also asking suppliers to enable a scenario of rate 70 by Q1 2024. Longer term, Airbus is investigating opportunities for rates as high as 75 by 2025.

A220 Family: Currently at around rate five aircraft per month from Mirabel and Mobile, the rate is confirmed to rise to around six in early 2022. Airbus is also envisaging a monthly production rate of 14 by the middle of the decade.

A350 Family: Currently at an average production rate of five per month, this is expected to increase to six by autumn 2022.

A330 Family: Production remains at an average monthly production rate of two per month.

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TAP’s new Airbus fleet flies with latest SL3710 Recaro seating

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Recaro's SL3710 seating for TAP Air

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.

Airbus and Lufthansa Technik (LHT) have signed a cooperation agreement to co-develop temporary “Cargo in the Cabin” solutions for A330s.

Airbus and Lufthansa Technik to offer temporary “Cargo in the Cabin” solutions

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Airbus and Lufthansa Technik (LHT) have signed a cooperation agreement to co-develop temporary “Cargo in the Cabin” solutions for A330s.

Airbus and Lufthansa Technik (LHT) have signed a cooperation agreement to co-develop temporary “Cargo in the Cabin” solutions for A330s.

This new Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) solution will enable operators to load cargo into the cabins of their A330-200 and A330-300 aircraft.

Under the agreement LHT owns the STC and will provide the modification kits for customers, while Airbus’ role as the OEM includes providing technical data, engineering validations and operational calculations. The procedure consists of first removing the seats and then installing industry standard “PKC” pallets and nets on the main deck.

“This new solution combines Airbus’ experience as an aircraft OEM with Lufthansa Technik’s expertise in managing STCs and aircraft upgrades,” said Daniel Wenninger, Head of Airframe Services at Airbus. “In these times of reduced passenger traffic, our customers are looking for quick solutions to temporarily increase cargo transportation capacity in the cabin.”

This new solution offers a volumetric cargo capacity of around 78m3 on the main deck of an A330-200 with 12 PKC pallet positions and 18 nets. Meanwhile, the A330-300’s main deck cargo capacity will be around 86m3 with 15 PKC pallet positions and 19 nets.