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nounced an expansion of its Wellness solutions and a new partner-
ship with Etihad Airways. Panasonic’s latest offerings are the Calm
sleep, meditation and relaxation app and the myNoise collection of
soundscapes that aid relaxation, sleep, focus and enjoyment. Etihad
will be the first airline to trial Panasonic’s new Jet Lag Adviser, which
was developed in conjunction with Detalytics. The solution will be
integrated into the airline’s passenger app. The Jet Lag Adviser
takes a range of passenger inputs, including chronotype, circadian
rhythms, height, weight, the nature of travel and travel information
and, using artificial intelligence, creates a personalised jet lag plan
with tailored advisories to help them reduce jet lag.
Recaro’s partnership with jetlite is also aimed at wellness. Jetlite
has developed solutions to reduce jet lag and increase passenger
well-being using Human Centric Lighting, which optimises cabin
lighting based on flight route, direction, duration and time zones to
suit human biorhythms. The solution is already flying on Lufthansa’s
Airbus A350s, but in conjunction with Recaro, the partners demon-
strated a Business Class seat incorporating individualised Human
Centric Lighting, which can be personally operated.
Seat developments were once again top of the agenda at this
year ’s AIX, with new Premium seats, Economy Class offering and
new partnerships revealed.
Safran Seats unveiled its new Versa Business Class seat, which
is based on a modular platform that delivers weight and space
optimisation. Featuring a herringbone layout, Versa provides all
passengers with aisle access, a fully horizontal bed and privacy
with a flexible door.
Stelia Aerospace unveiled a connected Business Class seat
demonstrator as part of the Airbus Connected Cabin, providing
real-time monitoring of hardware performance and big data ana-
lytics, pre-programmed frequent flyer seating preferences and data
monitoring and processing.
Meanwhile, new aircraft seating kid on the block Adient Aerospace
revealed Hawaiian Airlines as the launch customer for its Business
Class seat for the airline’s Boeing 787-9 fleet.
Ultra-long-haul flights are attracting the interest of many suppliers.
AIM Altitude revealed its Ultraflex lifestyle social space designed for
such flights. Ultraflex aims to make ultra-long-haul flights “enjoyable
and desirable”, says AIM. It features multi-purpose booths, providing
interior flexibility, supporting various modes including wellness and
focus, exercise stations, an entertainment galley, relax and dine, a
deli galley and social space. AIM says the patent-pending Ultraflex
concept is a “conversational starting point, embracing a new, empa-
thetic environment that caters to passengers’ ultra-long-haul needs”.
For the narrowbody Economy Class cabin, particularly aimed at
low-cost carriers (LCCs), UK manufacturer Acro Aircraft Seating
launched its Series 6LC seat. The new seat is based on Acro’s de-
sign principles of simplicity with a minimalist design aesthetic and
reduced part count, while comfort is enhanced with an innovative
curved seat back design which unlocks space at knee level. The seat
features a pre-reclined fixed back with an upper literature pocket,
sliding table and lightweight armrests. Additional options include
comfort seat covers, crew step, lower literature pocket and USB
provisioning. The manufacturer has already secured an unidentified
major LCC as launch customer. Acro also used the show to demon-
strate a staggered seating solution in conjunction with Airbus that
would eliminate shoulder conflict between passengers.
Fellow lightweight Economy Class seat manufacturer Pitch Aircraft
Seating Systems announced that its fixed-back PF3000 seat has
been selected as line fit for the Antonov An-148/158 family of aircraft.
Expliseat, meanwhile, announced that it has started the Airbus
supplier qualification process for its ultra-lightweight (5kg) TiSeat E,
with the aim of becoming a linefit supplier in the single-aisle market
within two years.
New partnerships were at the show for the first time, including JPA
Design and Williams Advanced Engineering which have combined
to “revolutionise future aircraft interiors”. The partners showcased
examples of some of the innovative projects they are working on,
including a composite seat structure made using proprietary ma-
terials, processes and expertise from Williams designed to suit JPA
Design’s innovative aircraft interior designs.
The partners believe that they can deliver a step-change in cabin
layout, passenger comfort, fuel-saving and carbon emission reduc-
tions compared with existing and traditional approaches through the
use of new interior design and lightweight materials.
Italian seat manufacturer Geven, meanwhile, has teamed up with
Irish leasing specialist Velantis Seat Financing Solutions to offer an
innovative passenger seat leasing service to airlines, operators and
aircraft lessors. Leasing will be offered to all of its seat customers
as an option, says Geven. The partners say they are the first to offer
such a comprehensive and easily-accessible leasing service for
New IFEC products and services were also launched and demon-
strated. Panasonic launched its new Arc Inflight Map Platform for its
NEXT and X Series IFEC systems. The 3D in-flight map application
features a personalised maps capability, allowing passengers to
set up personalised map profiles and preferences that will appear
whenever they log into the IFEC system; new map as a service
technology that allows airlines and third parties to add their own
content and data layers; a wide range of map styles; destination
and point-of-interest content; and new monetisation opportunities
for airlines, with in-flight sales linked to real-time flight events and
status. Airlines can design and configure their own map experience
through the Arc Studio, while Arc Analytics will track map usage
and allow optimisation of map data based on passenger interaction.
Deliveries will start in the first quarter of 2020.
Panasonic also launched a new games portfolio, Gaming, which
includes partnerships with major gaming brands and developers, in
an effort to further digitally transform the passenger experience.
◀ Ultraflex aims to make ultra-long-haul flights “enjoyable and
desirable”, says AIM.
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