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ETIHAD LAUNCHES NEW
ECONOMY CLASS OFFERING
Etihad Airways has unveiled its Economy
Class transformation, starting with its
23 Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft. The
narrowbody aircraft have been retrofitted
with Acro Aircraft Seating Series 6
Economy Class seats featuring fast-
charging USB points and an adjustable
phone and tablet holder. The aircraft
have Panasonic’s eXW wireless in-flight
entertainment system, allowing passengers
to stream entertainment to their own
devices. Seatback systems will be retained
for the airline’s widebody Airbus and
Boeing aircraft, says the airline.
Emirates has completed the
reconfiguration of its last 10 Boeing 777-
200LRs, converting the aircraft from three
to two-class configuration. The aircraft
feature wider Business Class seats than
before in a 2-2-2 configuration, as well as a
refreshed Economy Class.
SR TECHNICS COMPLETES
SR Technics has completed a cabin
refurbishment of four Virgin Atlantic
Airways Airbus A330-200s. The
complex project involved a customised
trolley stowage unit, as well as a cabin
reconfiguration with Business Class and
Premium Economy seating plus in-flight
entertainment. Meanwhile, AIM Altitude
was responsible for the new social area on
Virgin’s Airbus A350s. The area features an
intimate bar area and a spacious lounge.
The concept was designed by Virgin and
Factory Design, with AIM responsible for
design, engineering and manufacturing.
VIASAT PARTNERS WITH CHINA SATCOM TO DRIVE CHINESE CONNECTIVITY
ViaSat has partnered with China Satellite
Communications to jointly provide in-flight
connectivity (IFC) services within China for
domestic and international airlines. While
there is considerable interest in China for IFC,
as well as a rapidly growing Chinese fleet,
only about 4 percent of flights within China
are currently connected, according to ViaSat.
The partners will work together to enable
ViaSat’s airline customers to have roaming
connectivity when flying over China; pro-
vide IFC services to domestic flights within
China; and enable Chinese airlines to roam
using ViaSat’s global network. China Sat-
com owns and operates the most extensive
Ka-band spotbeam satellite system in the
country, which is the only Ka-band system
currently available for IFC services.
ViaSat will deliver and support its IFC
equipment to airlines for use on the China
Satcom network, while China Satcom will
use its license, operating expertise and exist-
ing ground infrastructure to deliver advanced
IFC services to airlines in China. ViaSat al-
ready has approximately 2,000 global aircraft
using or planning to use its ViaSat-1 and
KA-SAT satellites. — EMMA KELLY
Recaro reaches new revenue high
Recaro Aircraft Seating achieved a 22 percent increase in revenues to €600 million (US$674
million) last year, marking its 15th year of consecutive double-digit growth. During this pe-
riod, the global passenger seat market has grown by approximately 5 percent per annum.
“ The year 2018 was a tremendously successful year for Recaro,” says CEO Dr Mark Hiller.
“Over the past 15 years we grew approximately 10 percent annually — twice the rate of the
market. Last year, however, we outperformed the industry four times and grew 22 percent.
I am extremely happy to say we pulverised all our previous revenue records,” he adds.
Recaro says it will invest 10 percent of last year ’s revenue into the company to support
future growth, including expansion in Germany and globally, research and development and
to help maintain its leadership in the economy seat market and become the leading busi-
ness seat manufacturer. The manufacturer has already launched a new investment project,
space2grow, which will see the company’s Schwaebisch Hall, Germany, headquarters and
other locations expanded over the next five years. Recaro employs 2,600 people worldwide
and plans to increase the global headcount to approximately 3,000 this year.
Most recently, Recaro has added new South Korean hybrid airline start-up Air Premia to
its customer list. The airline, which plans to launch services in September 2020, has selected
Recaro seats for Economy and Premium Economy classes on its Boeing 787-9. — EMMA KELLY
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