Cabin Interior and Electronics

News and developments about everything that goes into the cabin of an aircraft, from floor coverings to headliners, with a special emphasis on in-flight entertainment, communications and other electronics for passengers. If it is in the cabin of an aircraft, it’s covered here.

May 3, 2013 - 2:40am

The 328 Group returned to the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg with a new brand identity that splits the company into its two prime areas of expertise: “328” and “Jets.”

The move reflects 328 Group’s increasing portfolio of interior manufacture and design work on aircraft ranging from small helicopters to large airplanes such as the Airbus A340 and Boeing 767, and its expansion of maintenance expertise under the “Jets” brand. The change also comes following the recent acquisition of a new maintenance facility at London Biggin Hill Airport.

May 3, 2013 - 2:33am

When oxygen is required, nothing else will do. The new Avia Pulse DE series emergency portable pulse oxygen system from Avia Technique is one answer.

Introduced at AIX last month, the system is “a major improvement over everything that has come before,” according to the Berkshire, UK-based company that developed it.

May 3, 2013 - 2:30am

Building on 40 years of experience, Italian supplier Iacobucci expanded its presence this year at the Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) by announcing deliveries of its first executive seats and unveiling a new food and beverage trolley.

According to Pascal Jallier, head of sales and programs for Iacobucci HF Electronics, the seat has received EASA and FAA approval and the initial ship-set is in service on a Boeing Business Jet.

May 3, 2013 - 2:29am

The aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) continues to grow and 2013 showed a “remarkable” 12-percent increase in the number of visitors as a total of 8,906 attendees passed through the doors during the three-day event, (April 9-11) in Hamburg, Germany. More than 500 exhibitors representing 26 countries covered a record 193,750 sq ft in Hamburg’s Messe Center exhibit halls, roughly 21,000 sq ft more than last year.

May 3, 2013 - 2:00am
Zodiac ISIS Bin

The Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX)continues to grow and this year saw more than 500 exhibitors spread over 194,000 sq ft of space at the vast Messe Center in Hamburg, Germany.

May 2, 2013 - 2:35am
The new ACJC cabin concept features partitions that can switch from transparent to translucent.

The Airbus Corporate Jet Center (ACJC), Airbus’s bizliner completion center in Toulouse, has found ways to cut cabin weight on the ACJ320s and ACJ319s it outfits with luxury interiors. It is also unveiling, this month at the EBACE 2013 show in Geneva, a new cabin concept.

The weight reduction, “on the order of 10 percent, or between 1,100 and 1,500 pounds,” according to CEO Benoît Defforge, was the result of “redesign[ed] furniture fittings,” solutions inspired by serial production (as opposed to customized cabins) and use of lighter composite materials for the furniture itself.

May 2, 2013 - 1:35am

There’s always someone who’s just a little ahead of the technology curve, and Erica Da Veiga is one of these entrepreneurial spirits.

A co-founder of Switzerland-based business aviation services provider 28 East Group, Da Veiga introduced Web-based SkyDragon, a software application that allows owners and cabin completion managers and consultants to follow the project in real time from anywhere in the world, at last year’s EBACE.

May 1, 2013 - 2:45am
Through their trade association, AKAI, Russian aircraft interior specialists Kvand, Vemina-Aviaprestige and Aerostyle have jointly submitted proposed cabin designs for the new Sukhoi Business Jet being developed from the Russian airframer’s Superjet SSJ100 airliner.

Russia’s aircraft interiors industry achieved 15-percent growth in revenue last year, much of it from work on business and private aircraft. According to the country’s Association of Aviation Interiors Companies, its 17 members account for 90 percent of completions work for indigenously produced aircraft.

April 17, 2013 - 10:35pm

Hong Kong-based Jetsolution International Services, a business aviation consultancy, announced here at ABACE 2013 a partnership with Switzerland’s Global Jet (Booth P103) aimed at supporting Jetsolution’s aircraft-owner clients in Asia.

April 17, 2013 - 10:00pm

The Kodiaks are coming. At a ceremony at ABACE 2013 on Tuesday, Beijing General Aviation Industry Base Investment Holding Co. (BGA) signed a contract for delivery of two Quest Kodiaks with options for four additional aircraft from Blue Eagle Aviation Investment Co. of Beijing, exclusive distributor in Greater China for the single-engine turbine powered utility aircraft. Made by Quest Aircraft of Sandpoint, Idaho, these would be the first Kodiaks delivered in China.