Spectrum Aeronautical (Booth No. 2142) was looking to do something different for the cabin of the S-33 Independence light jet. “We wanted a cabin that was as much a breakthrough as the overall airplane,” said Spectrum’s vice president, Mark Jones.
Lufthansa Technik of Hamburg, a leading provider of executive/VIP cabin interior solutions, in partnership with UK-based Andrew Winch Designs, announced the launch of a joint VIP interior concept of the Boeing 787 here at the show yesterday.
Aircraft Interiors Expo, which has grown steadily since its first event in Cannes, France, in 2000, had its sixth annual show last month, and is not only outgrowing its current site at the Hamburg Messe convention center in Hamburg, Germany, but is also expanding with a new interiors show in Hong Kong.
A proposed DOT rule to lower the threshold to require wheelchair availability in Part 121-operated aircraft from 60 to 50 seats has rung alarm bells within regional airline circles, where 50-seaters account for well over half of the entire U.S. fleet. In the proposal, the DOT attributed the need for the change to the growing prominence of 50-seat jets.
Cabin environment has been a major element of the completion process in the past couple of years, and it promises to become more so as concerns about air quality and drinking water grow.
Lufthansa Technik, which has contracts with Bombardier for the completion of 17 Challenger 850s over the next several years, has already delivered the first, now in service with Suncor Energy of Alberta, Canada. The 50-passenger Challenger is configured for shuttle work.
“It’s like opening night on Broadway,” whispered a visitor to the 2006 Aircraft Interiors Expo, as he edged carefully past a showgoer with two bags stuffed with show literature and a waiter balancing a tray of champagne.
Since its inaugural in Cannes, France, in 2000, the Aircraft Interiors Expo has expanded every year. This year was no different, with yet another hall added to accommodate a total of 504 exhibitors.
Cabin lighting specialist Emteq of New Berlin, Wis., took advantage of Aircraft Interiors Expo 2006 to introduce its Quasar full-spectrum mood lighting system, which it claims is brighter and more consistent than previous products.
Large executive/VIP interiors specialist PATS Aircraft has selected the Cabin Comfort System by Flight Environments of Paso Robles, Calif., for a BBJ2 cabin project. The big business jet is the second BBJ2 to be completed by PATS for the same Middle Eastern customer. The first aircraft was also equipped with the Flight Environments thermal/acoustic barrier system. The Cabin Comfort System has been installed in more than 30 executive BBJs.
Duncan Aviation of Lincoln, Neb., has signed a new sales and service agreement with Midwest Aircraft Products to provide cabin interior products such as hot and cold water containers, warming ovens, ice drawers, waste containers and carts. Duncan will stock common repair parts and will be able to repair and service most of the units provided by the Mansfield, Ohio-based supplier.