“Kindly take a seat” is one of the key messages from cabin interior specialists here at EBACE 2014, but not just any seat will do. VIP aircraft seat manufacturers are displaying the latest in seating technology and comfort here in Geneva.
Italian seat manufacturer Geven and Scotland-based repair specialist Aeropair have signed an agreement for aftersales support of Geven’s seats in the Middle East. Locally, Geven has provided aircraft seats for Air Arabia’s Airbus A320s and business class seats for FlyDubai’s Boeing 737s. An Aeropair parts production and repair facility is located near Al Maktoum International airport here in Dubai. Aeropair is here (Stand 2736) exhibiting Geven’s Piuma Evo economy seat.
UTC Aerospace Systems is introducing a business aircraft seat that it believes will set a new standard in cabin ergonomics. It features wireless technology to allow passengers to control the seat itself as well as wide array of cabin management features including climate, connectivity, lighting and entertainment systems. Travelers in the Model 1 seat will effectively be able to create a microclimate in which the temperature is adjusted to their personal preference without causing discomfort to fellow passengers.
Airbus cited sleep-study results in calling on airlines to set an 18-inch minimum seat width standard for long-haul flights. Organizations representing the airline industry said seating options should be left to individual carriers.
AmSafe is highlighting the advantages of its new side-facing divan airbag restraints, leg flail mitigation airbag systems and lightweight conventional three-point lap belts, weighing 20 percent less than those currently installed. The company (Booth No. C12740) is opening a new market for its airbag systems in airliners and larger business jets, following the FAA’s update of technical criteria for side-facing seats.
UTC Aerospace Systems is introducing a new executive aircraft seat that it believes will set a new standard in cabin ergonomics. It features wireless technology to allow passengers to control the seat itself as well as cabin management features including climate, connectivity, lighting and entertainment systems. Travelers in the Model 1 seat will effectively be able to create a microclimate in which the temperature is adjusted to their personal preference without causing discomfort to fellow passengers.
Zodiac Aerospace (Hall 2a Stand A254) is here exhibiting its Isis cabin for single-aisle airliners, with new seats, sidewalls and luggage bins that accommodate a claimed 60 percent more bags. Although cabin equipment accounts for two thirds of its $4.4 billion revenues, the France-based company is also active in a number of aircraft systems. It has consistently taken over smaller businesses and may be considering a new, undisclosed target acquisition in the industry, CEO Olivier Zarrouati hinted early this month.
Seven winners emerged from the Crystal Cabin Awards judging last month, and some of them stand to find a market in business aviation.
The winners were announced at a gala dinner in Hamburg, Germany, on the eve of the opening of the annual Aircraft Interiors Expo.
Candidates with winning entries included Boeing, Diehl Aircabin, Dornier Technologie Systems, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Meru, Thales and Zodiac Aerospace.
Introduced at AIX, the TravelChair for severely disabled children also won first prize in the Crystal Cabin Awards Passenger Comfort Hardware category, receiving the trophy on April 9, the opening day of the show.
Years in development, the 13.2-pound chair is designed for children between the ages of three and 11 and fits most aircraft seats by way of a strap around the seat-back. It is further anchored using the standard seat belt, meeting airline regulations.
One of the highlights of last week’s Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany, was French start-up company Expliseat’s unveiling of a new economy-class seat that significantly cuts weight and engineering complexity. The new seat, called Titanium, tips the scales at 8.8 pounds per passenger, which the Paris-based firm claims is around half the weight of traditional airliner seats. This may translate into an estimated 3- to 5-percent fuel saving, or $300,000 to $500,000 per aircraft per year.
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