Standard Aero’s Associated Air Center is gearing up to receive its first Boeing 747-8 completion at its Dallas facility.
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.
With the growth of the large-cabin market and emphasis on longer, nonstop flights, the private jet market has seen the recent introduction of new passenger seats with a focus on comfort as well as practicality.
Aero Seating Technologies (AST) was at the NBAA Convention in October with three seats from its next-generation line, among them a fully electric seat with wireless iPad controls for seat positioning. Also appealing to comfort was an audio-response massage system and passive cooling technology combined with heating elements.
Galley inserts supplier Aerolux has come under new management following the passing of founder and owner Ken Metcalfe in June.
A leadership team headed by new chairman and CEO Tony Robinson includes Rob Shelton. Both men come from a long tenure with UKIP Media & Events and the Aircraft Interiors Expo, which Robinson founded.
Custom Control Concepts has been selected by L-3 Platform Integration in Waco, Texas, to provide high-definition entertainment and cabin management systems in a head-of-state 747-8 project.
The Kent, Wash. supplier is expected to design and manufacture almost all of the highly customized components. The entire system when complete will be laid out and bench tested before delivery. The contract marks the latest collaboration between L-3 and CCC in a series of bizliner interior outfitting jobs.
Aeria Luxury Interiors, a start-up division of ST Aerospace in San Antonio, is at work on a long-haul bizliner that arrived in November for heavy maintenance and an extensive cabin refurbishment.
The San Antonio facility also delivered its first project this past summer, a Boeing Business Jet requiring light maintenance and installation of a new in-flight entertainment package.
Iacobucci HF Group has been selected to design and manufacture all seats and galley inserts for a new Boeing Business Jet to be completed by Comlux America in Indianapolis.
The Italian cabin components supplier, better known for galley products from coffee makers to ovens, is a relative newcomer to the business jet seating market. Nevertheless, said CEO Lucio Iacobucci, “We invest in research and development every year to maintain our product offering at the top end of the market.”
Brabus Private Aviation, which was revealed at EBACE in May as a new luxury design, completion and management venture, was “launched” at MEBA 2012 yesterday, at 12:12 p.m. local time on 12/12/12. The new venture brings together four respected names from the automotive and aviation worlds: Brabus, PrivatAir, Ruag Aviation and Happy Design Studio. Brabus has 35 years’ experience in the luxury outfitting and customization of automobiles, particularly those of Mercedes-Benz.
Cabin completions provider Lufthansa Technik is in the final stages of preparation for the arrival of a second Boeing 747-8 for outfitting at its facilities in Hamburg, Germany.
The airplane, destined for an undisclosed client, is expected to arrive before the end of the month. The first 747-8 is already in the cabin completion process following its arrival in August. Arrival of the second will bring to three the total number of twin-aisle bizliner projects being completed simultaneously.
Brabus Private Aviation, which was revealed at EBACE in Geneva last May as a new luxury design, completion and management venture, was “launched” here at MEBA 2012 yesterday, coincidentally at 12 past 12 on 12/12/12.
Lufthansa Technik (Stand 335) is preparing to receive a second Boeing 747-8 for VIP conversion by the company’s VIP & Executive Jet Solutions division at its Hamburg plant. The first 747-8 arrived at the end of August and is now into its completion program while the second aircraft is scheduled to arrive later this month, following contract signature at the Dubai Air Show last year.