Crystal Cabin Award

Winners announced in delayed CCA ceremony

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The 14th Crystal Cabin Awards in Hamburg, originally planned for 1 April 2020, have been held in a digital prize-giving ceremony for 2020 Finalists.

The Crystal Cabin Award, an initiative of cluster Hamburg Aviation, is presented in eight categories: “Cabin Concepts”, “Cabin Systems”, “IFEC”, “Greener Cabin, Health, Safety and Environment”, “Material & Components”, “Passenger Comfort Hardware”, “University”, and “Visionary Concepts”.

The 2021 ceremony will be marked by two new Crystal Cabin Awards categories – “Clean & Safe Air Travel” and “Judges’ Choice Award”.They are scheduled for presentation at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg on 31 August.



Cabin Systems – Safran Cabin SOPHY, The Smart Trolley Solution
SOPHY is a wafer-thin trolley device that collects, shares, and communicates real-time, accurate data with other SOPHY-activated equipment through a “mesh network”, unlocking valuable insights for airline operators.

Greener Cabin, Health, Safety & Environment – Diehl Aviation Greywater Reuse Unit
The Greywater Reuse System takes handwash water from the sink for flushing the toilet instead of precious potable water. This allows to reduce the amount of potable water by 250 kg for a Boeing 787 resulting in CO2 savings of around 550 tons per year and aircraft as well as substantial financial savings for the operator.

IFEC – Safran Passenger Solutions RAVE Bluetooth
The engineers at Safran Passenger Solutions created a way to control power, antenna direction and protocol to allow each passenger or seat of an aircraft to connect to Bluetooth audio without impacting the connection for other seats. In addition, passengers are not limited to the headsets provided by airlines. Passengers can connect using their own devices, if they prefer, increasing passenger satisfaction and decreasing costs for the airlines.

Material & Components – e₂ip technologies (cooperation partner National Research Council of Canada) In-Mold Electronics (IME) A Paradigm Shift In Manufacturing And Design
This is In-Mold Electronics (IME), the future of HMI. Innovation leaders e₂ip technologies with the support of the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) have advanced the materials and processes used in IME enabling greater design freedom for

Passenger Comfort Hardware – Safran Seats (cooperation partner ENCSi) Modulair S
The Modulair S Seat is an economy class seat is designed with a passenger-centered architecture which enables it to holistically integrate a complete set of new experience enhancing features.

University – University of Cincinnati (cooperation partners The Boeing Company and The Live Well Collaborative) Coffee House Cabin
The Coffee House Cabin is a productivity-focused zone targeting the must have needs of the business traveller; a dedicated workstation and personal space. Priced above basic economy and below first class, it features space-efficient tables located in the center of the aircraft. In order to have mixed-zone seating, basic economy seats remain on the outer sides of the aircraft.

 Visionary Concepts – Airbus Operations GmbH Airspace Cabin Vision 2030
Inspired by airlines, technology companies from Silicon Valley and start-ups, Airbus has brought to life a future flying experience – the Airspace Cabin Vision 2030, with cabin layouts boasting more flexible seating and sleeping configurations as well as in-flight lounges with transforming modules. Passengers will have more choice and the flexibility to select a personalised flight experience based on their individual needs, whether they are travelling for business or leisure, alone or with family.

Cabin Concepts – Eviation & Almadesign ALICE
Eviation Aircraft, a global manufacturer of all-electric aircraft, is changing the way people move regionally and pioneering the industry with the first all-electric nine passenger, Alice Commuter. Almadesign, a Lisbon based design consultancy, worked closely with Eviation to design, develop and build the prototype cabin interior, creating a brand-new passenger experience for the zero emissions regional aircraft. Alice Commuter is capable of flying with nine passengers at 240 knots and a range of up to 650 miles.

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Diehl extends Dreamliner interior lighting contract

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Diehl Aerospace has secured a contract extension from Boeing for the delivery of the interior lighting system for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The initial contract for the development and serial production of LED interior lighting for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner had been agreed in 2005.

The cabin lighting system for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner was the first all-LED mood-lighting system for the civil aviation market, and was designed and developed by Diehl, approximately 20 years ago.

The current contract will expire by end of 2022. The two companies have agreed to extend the contract into the next decade.

Boeing engineer, Trevor Laib, sets up the heater prototypes inside an airplane during the first phase of Thermal Disinfection testing.

Partners focus on flight deck disinfection

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Boeing engineer, Trevor Laib, sets up the heater prototypes inside an airplane during the first phase of Thermal Disinfection testing.

Boeing and the University of Arizona have successfully tested the efficacy of thermal disinfection to fight COVID-19 on hard-to-clean flight deck equipment.

The testing was conducted in a protected laboratory environment at the university using flight deck parts and SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, over autumn.

Results indicate that the virus can be destroyed by more than 99.99% after three hours exposure to temperatures of 50 degrees Celsius (120 degrees Fahrenheit) and will still effectively kill more than 99.9% of the virus at 40-degree Celsius temperatures (104 degrees Fahrenheit).

“Passenger and crew safety are our top priorities — that extends from the cabin to the flight deck,” said Michael Delaney, who leads Boeing’s Confident Travel Initiative (CTI) efforts. “Thermal disinfection could deliver another valuable tool to destroy COVID-19 on sensitive and difficult-to-reach components that protect pilots.”

The flight deck is one of the most challenging areas to sanitise using traditional chemical disinfectants. In areas with sensitive electronic equipment, heat has the ability to disinfect without adverse effects from cleaners. The flight deck is designed to withstand temperatures up to 160 degrees Fahrenheit (about 70 degrees Celsius), which makes thermal disinfection a safe, practical and effective sanitisation method.

Boeing and Immfly launch Digital Direct IFE platform

Boeing enters IFE field

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Boeing and Immfly launch Digital Direct IFE platform

Following the strategic investment from Boeing Horizon X in late 2019, Immfly and Boeing have announced the introduction of Boeing Digital Direct – a wireless in-flight entertainment (W-IFE) and digital services platform for airlines.

Boeing Digital Direct reduces high-touch materials and minimise flight attendant and passenger interaction, the service is deployed through an existing wireless network or through an all-in-one server that fits in an overhead bin, to enable streaming of content to passengers’ Wi-Fi enabled devices.

Boeing Digital Direct provides an easy user interface so passengers can enjoy movies, TV, music, games, kids content, moving maps and airline branded channels while also engaging with onboard digital retail offers. All content is loaded remotely and optimised on the backend with deep analytics to provide valuable insights.

Boeing Digital Direct can also drive robust ancillary revenue generation through e-commerce modules with onboard retail, content commercialisation, advertising and enhanced operational efficiencies.

The product will be available to all commercial airlines (both Boeing and non-Boeing operators) and launched as a retrofit option under Boeing Global Services. Future line-fit solutions are currently under consideration.

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Healthe to manufacture ultraviolet wand

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Worker using Boeing UV wand

Florida-based Healthe has received a patent and technology licence from Boeing to manufacture an ultraviolet (UV) wand designed to sanitise airplane interiors.

The UV wand was designed and developed as part of Boeing’s Confident Travel Initiative (CTI) to support customers and enhance the safety and wellbeing of passengers and crews during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The UV wand is designed to be more effective than similar devices. It quickly disinfects surfaces on an airplane and further strengthens other layers of protection for passengers and crew,” said Mike Delaney, who leads Boeing’s CTI efforts. “Boeing spent six months transforming an idea for the wand into a working model, and Healthe will now take that prototype and make it available to the world at large.”

Healthe will produce and distribute the commercial wand, which could be available for airlines in late autumn.

The UV wand uses 222 nanometer UVC light. Research indicates 222 nanometer UVC deactivates pathogens effectively.

Using the self-contained apparatus that resembles a carry-on suitcase, crews can pass UV light over high-touch surfaces, sanitising everywhere the light reaches. The UV wand is particularly effective in compact spaces and sanitises a flight deck in less than 15 minutes.

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Etihad collaborates with EcoDemonstrator programme

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Etihad Boeing ecoDemonstrator 787-10 aircraft

Etihad Airways is flight testing a 787-10 Dreamliner equipped with solutions designed to enhance safety and reduce CO2 emissions and noise, as part of Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator programme.

In addition to gathering data on aircraft acoustics, a series of flights will also test a handheld ultraviolet light wand to determine its effectiveness in disinfecting flight decks and cabins, as part of Boeing’s Confident Travel Initiative to address COVID-19.

Diehl Aviation achieves BFE listing for Boeing platforms

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Diehl Aviation has received approval by Boeing to offer Buyer-Furnished-Equipment (BFE) products to airlines for the installation on Boeing airplanes.

This achievement follows Diehl Aviation’s close collaboration with the aircraft manufacturer during Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator flight test program in 2019 (pictured), where one area of testing was Diehl Aviation’s capabilities related to galleys and intelligent galley applications. Galleys usually are BFE products on commercial aircraft.

Diehl Aviation has supplied BFE solutions to airlines for installation on aircraft from other manufacturers. The approved listing by Boeing now marks a significant milestone for Diehl Aviation, providing a new market access to airlines that are in the process of adding new Boeing aircraft to their fleet.

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Boeing releases Q2 results: revises production rates

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Boeing has reported second quarter 2020 revenues of US$1.6 billion for its commercial aircraft segment, as COVID-19 and the 737 MAX grounding continue to significantly impact the health of the manufacturer.

Commercial Airplanes second-quarter revenue fell by 65% and operating margin decreased reflecting lower delivery volume – 20 airplanes were delivered compared to 90 the same time last year. The backlog included over 4,500 airplanes valued at $326 billion.

The 737 program resumed early stages of production in May and expects to continue to produce at low rates for the remainder of 2020. Production is expected to gradually increase to a rate of 31 per month by the beginning of 2022, with further gradual increases to correspond with market demand.  There are currently approximately 450 737 MAX aircraft built and stored in inventory.

According to Greg Smith – EVP, Enterprise Operations and Communications, interim, CFO, “We’ve assumed that the timing of regulatory approvals will enable the 737 MAX deliveries to resume during the fourth quarter of 2020. We have also assumed that the majority of the 737 MAX aircraft in storage will be delivered during the first year after resumption of deliveries.”

In the wide-body segment, Boeing previously planned to reduce the 787 production rate to 10 per month in 2020 and gradually reduce to seven per month by 2022. However, the rate will now be reduced to six per month in 2021. The 777/777X combined production rate will be gradually reduced to two per month in 2021, with 777X first delivery targeted for 2022. At this time, production rate assumptions have not changed on the 767 and 747 programs.

Boeing is adjusting the timing of the first 777-9 deliveries in 2022 versus its prior forecast of 2021, and expects to deliver 777s at an average rate of approximately 2.5 per month in 2020

Due to market uncertainties driven primarily by the impacts of COVID-19 and moving the 777X delivery to 2022, Boeing plans to reduce the combined 777-777X production rate to two per month in 2021 versus the previous plan of three per month in 2021.

Boeing President and Chief Executive Officer Dave Calhoun commented: “We’re working closely with our customers, suppliers and global partners to manage the challenges to our industry, bridge to recovery and rebuild to be stronger on the other side.”

“The diversity of our balanced portfolio and our government services, defense and space programs provide some critical stability for us in the near-term as we take tough but necessary steps to adapt for new market realities,” Calhoun added. “We are taking the right action to ensure we’re well positioned for the future by strengthening our culture, improving transparency, rebuilding trust and transforming our business to become a better, more sustainable Boeing. Air travel has always proven to be resilient – and so has Boeing.”

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Boeing launches Confident Travel Initiative

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Mike Delaney is to head up Boeing’s Confident Travel Initiative.

Working across the industry, Delaney’s team will work to develop new solutions to help minimise air travel health risks amid the COVID-19 pandemic and drive awareness of health safeguards already in place.

“As air travel slowly begins to resume and restrictions ease around the globe, health and safety remain our top priorities for our teams who design, build and service the airplanes and all those who fly on them,” said Boeing President and CEO David Calhoun. “Mike’s deep technical expertise, leadership skills, industry knowledge and great passion for our customers make him uniquely qualified to lead this effort.”

The Confident Travel Initiative team will work with airlines, global regulators, industry stakeholders, flying passengers, infectious disease experts and behavioural specialists to establish industry-recognised safety recommendations. The team is also advising operators on existing, approved disinfectants that are compatible with the airplane flight decks and cabins and testing other sanitisers.

“Our commitment to ensuring the health of airline passengers and crews is unwavering,” said Delaney. “We’re working with partners to enhance aircraft cleanliness procedures and identify other areas to further reduce the risk of airborne illness transmission.”

Boeing’s effort will build on the industry’s enhanced safety approaches – including enhanced cleaning, temperature checks and the use of face coverings – and promote the proven systems already in place to help maintain cabin cleanliness. One such system is the air filtration system present on all Boeing airplanes. The air filtration system incorporates High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters similar to those used in hospitals and industrial clean rooms. HEPA filters are 99.9+% effective at removing particulates such as viruses, bacteria and fungi before air is recirculated back to the cabin.

Boeing continues to research and evaluate new technologies to enhance safety, including ultraviolet light disinfecting systems and antimicrobial coatings for high-touch surfaces. The company is working with academics, health experts and learning institutions worldwide to field studies and facilitate research on reducing the potential of disease transmission on airplanes.

“Air travel is coming back,” said Delaney. “As that happens, we want passengers and crews to board Boeing airplanes without hesitation.”

Boeing Embraer JV announced

Boeing ends joint venture with Embraer; risks compensation claim

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Boeing has terminated its Master Transaction Agreement (MTA) with Embraer, under which the two companies sought to establish a new level of strategic partnership.

The planned strategic partnership would have comprised two joint ventures: one joint venture made up of the commercial aircraft and services operations of Embraer (Boeing Brasil – Commercial) in which Boeing would own 80% and Embraer 20%; and another joint venture to promote and develop markets for the multi-mission medium airlift C-390 Millennium (Boeing Embraer – Defense) in which Embraer would own a 51% stake and Boeing owning the remaining 49%.

Under the MTA, 24 April 24, 2020, was the initial termination date, subject to extension by either party if certain conditions were met. Boeing exercised its rights to terminate after claiming that Embraer did not satisfy the necessary conditions.

“Boeing has worked diligently over more than two years to finalise its transaction with Embraer. Over the past several months, we had productive but ultimately unsuccessful negotiations about unsatisfied MTA conditions. We all aimed to resolve those by the initial termination date, but it didn’t happen,” said Marc Allen, president of Embraer Partnership & Group Operations. “It is deeply disappointing. But we have reached a point where continued negotiation within the framework of the MTA is not going to resolve the outstanding issues.”

In response, Embraer issued a statement countering these claims. “Embraer believes strongly that Boeing has wrongfully terminated the MTA, that it has manufactured false claims as a pretext to seek to avoid its commitments to close the transaction and pay Embraer the US$4.2 billion purchase price. We believe Boeing has engaged in a systematic pattern of delay and repeated violations of the MTA, because of its unwillingness to complete the transaction in light of its own financial condition and 737 MAX and other business and reputational problems. Embraer believes it is in full compliance with its obligations under the MTA and that it has satisfied all conditions required to be accomplished by 24 April 2020. Embraer will pursue all remedies against Boeing for the damages incurred by Embraer as a result of Boeing’s wrongful termination and violation of the MTA.”

The planned partnership between Boeing and Embraer had received unconditional approval from all necessary regulatory authorities, with the exception of the European Commission.