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ANZ RECEIVES FIRST 787-9
WITH MORE PREMIUM SEATS
Air New Zealand has taken delivery of the
first of four Boeing 787-9s featuring more
premium seats than in its current 787-9s.
The new Dreamliner features 27 seats in
Business Class, 33 in Premium Economy
Class and 215 in Economy Class compared
with 18, 21 and 263 seats, respectively on its
CRYSTAL CABIN AWARDS OPEN
The Crystal Cabin Awards for 2018 have
been launched with a new category, In-
Flight Entertainment and Connectivity
replacing the Electronic Systems category,
to address the growing market for wireless
IFE. A panel of 28 industry experts will
select the winners of seven categories
(Cabin Concepts; Cabin Systems; IFEC;
Greener Cabin, Health, Safety and
Environment; Material and Components;
Passenger Comfort Hardware; and
University) which will receive their awards
at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg,
Germany, in April.
AIRBUS OPENS CHINA
Airbus has inaugurated its A330 Completion
and Delivery Centre (C&DC) in Tianjin,
China, with the first delivery to Tianjin
Airlines. Located at the Airbus Tianjin
A320 Family Final Assembly Line and
Delivery Centre, the C&DC conducts cabin
installation, aircraft painting and production
flight test as well as customer flight
acceptance and aircraft delivery.
EMBRAER PICKS IFEC
FOR E-JETS E2S
Embraer has selected Meggitt Polymers
and Composites and KID-Systeme as new
in-flight entertainment and connectivity
system suppliers for its E-Jets E2 family.
Meggitt will design and produce a radome
assembly for in-flight connectivity, while
KID-Systeme will provide its SKYfi Club
wireless streaming platform.
JETBLUE IN A320
US low-cost carrier JetBlue is the launch
customer for the new Airspace cabin for
the Airbus A320 Family. The new cabin will
be on-board JetBlue A320s from late 2020.
The Airspace cabin features a customisable
welcome area, large overhead bins,
increased interior width, full-colour LED
lighting and a contemporary lavatory design.
Chinese truck and car seat
manufacturer Zhejiang Science
and Technology Investment
Company (ZTC) is acquiring
UK aircraft seat designer and
manufacturer Acro Aircraft
Seating in a £55 million (US$72
million) deal, pending regulato-
Acro will be ZTC’s first move
into aircraft seating, having
been supplying seats for con-
struction vehicles and trucks
for the past 25 years and more
recently expanding into seats for passenger cars.
Acro, which was launched in 2007, has established itself in the economy seat market. Its
design philosophy is based on aircraft seats being a piece of furniture rather than equipment,
with its designs focused on comfort, robustness, maintainability, weight and price. Its seats
are lightweight, but robust, with increased passenger space thanks to innovative design.
Acro produces a Series 3 Economy Class seat, a Series 6 composite frame seat and Premium
Economy Series 7, while a longer-range Series 8 is under development.
Over the past 10 years, the company has designed, certified and manufactured more
than 90,000 seats.
Acro co-founder and chief executive officer Chris Brady and his management team will
continue to lead the company from its London Gatwick base, while a second production
facility is planned in Shanghai and later a US facility. — EMMA KELLY
LUFTHANSA TECHNIK SIGNS CHINESE CONNECTIVITY MOU
Lufthansa Technik has signed a memo-
randum of understanding with Chinese
communication company Air Esurfing to
provide in-flight connectivity services to
Chinese airlines. The agreement is aimed
at developing a long-term partnership to
offer turnkey connectivity solutions to com-
mercial aircraft in China. Once the contract
has been signed, the partners will install
high-speed Ku-band/Ka-band systems on
200 Airbus A320 Family aircraft and Boeing
737s, says Lufthansa Technik.
“ The partners intend to use China’s ka-
and Ku-band high-throughput satellite ca-
pacity for domestic in-flight connectivity
services over mainland China,” says Grant
Zhou, CEO of Beijing-based Air Esurfing,
which is a subsidiary of Air Media Group.
Air Esurfing has also partnered with IFEC
equipment supplier Kontron to use its ACE
Flight Server and Can-N-Connect wireless
equipment for in-flight connectivity.
Over the years, Lufthansa Technik has
amassed considerable connectivity exper-
tise, through Lufthansa’s original connectiv-
ity programme with Connexion by Boeing
and more recently with its Inmarsat Global
Xpress-based FlyNet in-flight connectivity.
The German company has bundled its sat-
ellite communication expertise and tech-
nologies under the Lconnect product name.
Lufthansa Technik will manage customi-
sation, installation and certification in the
Chinese partnership. — EMMA KELLY
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