Rendering of Diehl's cabin portfolio

New partnership strengthens aircraft cabin upgrades offerings

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Rendering of Diehl's cabin portfolio

Diehl Aviation and HAECO Cabin Solutions (HCS) have signed a preferred strategic commercial agreement in the field of upgrade solutions for commercial aircraft cabin.

The joint capabilities will cover floor-to-floor interior components, cabin lighting, galleys, lavatories, seating, reconfiguration engineering, certification and installation for cabin upgrade requirements of airlines and MRO providers around the world.

According to Diehl Aviation, the new partnership with HCS is a significant contribution for its future line-up while the company is preparing for the expected recovery from pandemic-induced crisis in the aerospace industry. Together with HCS, Diehl Aviation’s position in the market for cabin upgrade solutions will see a further enhancement.

Crystal Cabin Award

Winners announced in delayed CCA ceremony

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Crystal Cabin Award

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.

 

Winners:

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.

Boeing Dreamliner cabin

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.

Rendering of Diehl's cabin portfolio

Diehl Aviation announces refocus

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Diehl Aviation has begun implementing an internal programme of restructuring and innovation, as it seeks to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

By the end of 2022, Diehl hopes to be economically sustainable and have a future-oriented cost structure.

The company expects that the business volume in 2022 will be slightly more than half of 2019 sales levels. Repositioning for the future, the company plans to retain all its sites in Germany and to reduce it headcount to 3,000 in the country, streamlining its overall global workforce to 4,000., This corresponds to a reduction of up to 1,400 jobs in Germany by 2022.

Diehl hopes to avoid unnecessary redundancies by offering partial retirement, volunteer programs, and other measures, which it hopes will enable it to reverse the trend by 2022 and to return to profitability by 2023.

Diehl Aviation will also develop new products and get involved in new projects, such as product innovations for touchless cabin functions in commercial aircraft and entering the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) market segment.

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.

Diehl Aviation Cabin Confidence Concept -Touchless features for the aircraft cabin, particularly for lavatory environments, in order to enhance hygiene on board;

Diehl introduces Cabin Confidence Concept for post-COVID air travel

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Diehl Aviation Cabin Confidence Concept -Touchless features for the aircraft cabin, particularly for lavatory environments, in order to enhance hygiene on board;

Diehl Aviation has launched Cabin Confidence Concept, a product innovation initiative the company has developed to address the operational challenges that airlines are facing in the post-Corona environment, as well as health concerns of the travelling public.

 

The company has identified three suitable areas in its portfolio:

  • Environmental control systems to optimise air circulation und humidity in the cabin, as well as disinfecting and purifying the air onboard;
  • Touchless features for the aircraft cabin, particularly for lavatory environments, in order to enhance hygiene on board;
  • UV-C technology will be applied as tool for disinfecting surfaces, and for water purification.

Based on these competences, Diehl Aviation is now working on specific product solutions that will be available to the market as soon as possible. In addition, the company offers features for immediate applications such as flight–ready disinfectant dispensers, corona placards for cabin hygiene and hands-free lavatory handles.

Crystal Cabin Award

Finalists announced for Crystal Cabin Awards

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Crystal Cabin Award

The final shortlist for this year’s Crystal Cabin Awards have been announced.

Some 105 shortlisted entries were viewed and evaluated by the jury of international experts, a record in the fourteen-year history of the Crystal Cabin Award. Airlines, manufacturers, suppliers and universities from all around the world have made it to the last round.

Winners will be announced in Hamburg on 31 March at a celebrity gala dinner for the industry during Aircraft Interiors Expo.

The finalists are:

Cabin Concepts:
The Boeing Company (cooperation partner Teague) – 777X Sky Architecture
Eviation & Almadesign – ALICE
Virgin Atlantic (cooperation partners AIM Altitude, Factorydesign, Boltaron, Isovolta, Mankiewicz UK & F.H.Lambert) – Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Loft

Cabin Systems:
Safran Cabin – SOPHY, The Smart Trolley Solution
SFS Intec GmbH Aircraft Components & jetlite GmbH – lite2fix
SITAONAIR – Next Gen Connectivity Mobile ONAIR 4G

Greener Cabin, Health, Safety & Environment:
ATR (cooperation partner Bacqueyrisses) – AudioBack
Diehl Aviation – Greywater Reuse Unit
PriestmanGoode – Zero – economy meal tray

IFEC:
JetBlue Airways (cooperation partners Thales Avionics, Spafax, Viasat & Astronics) – The Multi-Screen Experience
Safran Passenger Solutions – RAVE Bluetooth
Spafax (cooperation partner Air Canada) – Spafax IQ

Material & Components:
Diehl Aerospace – Experience Line BRIDGE
e₂ip technologies (cooperation partner National Research Council of Canada) – In-Mold Electronics (IME) A Paradigm Shift In Manufacturing And Design
Schott AG (cooperation partner PriestmanGoode)- The new SCHOTT® Jade reading light

Passenger Comfort Hardware:
ADIENT AEROSPACE – SFA (Space For All)
Ciara Crawford – Row 1 Aircraft Wheelchair
Safran Seats (cooperation partner ENCSi) – Modulair S

University:
Delft University of Technology (cooperation partner KLM) – Collapsible beds for the Flying V
HAW Hamburg – Isotravel: The ISOFIX-Adapter for Aircraft Passenger Seats
University of Cincinnati (cooperation partners The Boeing Company and The Live Well Collaborative) – Coffee House Cabin

Visionary Concepts:
AIM ALTITUDE – ARCA – Galley System
Airbus Operations GmbH – Airspace Cabin Vision 2030
AirGo Design – Galaxy: Flatbed for A321