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Italian seat manufacturer Aviointeriors displayed its SkyRider ultra-high
density airline seat at the Long Beach exhibition, saying the design would
allow seat pitches of 23 inches or less. The compares with 28 inches for a
current, very-high density cabin.
The company says the design was inspired by the realization that some
budget carriers would even adopt a stand-up cabin, if they could obtain
"The SkyRider has been designed and engineered to offer the
possibility to even further reduce ticket prices while still maintaining sound
profitability, which, even with a dual or three-class seating arrangement,
will allow maximum certified passenger capacity of the aircraft,"
The company describes the seat as a "new basic class" of travel,
likening the passenger's seating position to that of a "touring motor
China Eastern selects dPaves
The Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas was held in Long Beach, California on 14-16 September. The show
attracted 119 exhibitors and 2,500 attendees from around the world, writes Andrzej Jeziorski.
China Eastern has selected the Rockwell Collins high-definition dPAVES
737 Boeing Sky Interior in-flight entertainment (IFE) solution for 30 of its
Boeing 737NG single-aisle aircraft.
With this agreement, China Eastern will become the first customer to
install the 737 system. Deliveries are expected to begin in 2011.
"With more than 130 of China Eastern's aircraft already operating with
our dPAVES family of products, we can confidently say our relationship
with China Eastern is based on trust and continued innovation," says
Tommy Dodson, vice-president and general manager of cabin and
electromechanical systems for Rockwell Collins.
Rockwell Collins' dPAVES 737 Boeing Sky Interior option includes:
retractable, 12-inch, HD-ready, liquid crystal displays; an enhanced,
touch-screen entertainment control panel (ECP) for flight attendants; and
USB ports located next to the ECP for easier content loading. At the core
of the system is the high-definition media server (HDMS), offering 160
gigabytes of solid-state storage capability for audio and video content,
boarding music, and integrated pre-recorded announcements, as well as
embedded Airshow 3D Moving Map functionality. The server comes as a
single box with four modular components.
Panasonic Avionics, a leading maker of in-flight entertainment and
communication (IFEC) systems, announced at the show that it had
recently installed and certificated its broadband Ku Connectivity
solution, eXConnect, on a privately owned Boeing 737.
As part of the installation agreement, Panasonic will use this Boeing
Business Jet for ongoing testing and validation, as well as for live
demonstrations for customers, OEMs and others.
"The eXConnect system installed on this Boeing 737 continues to
exceed our expectations, and we are very excited to show customers,
OEMs and other groups the true broadband experience made possible
by our Ku solution," says Panasonic Avionics Chief Executive Paul
Margis. "This installation is further proof that our customers can select
a Ku system from Panasonic and provide very high-speed internet
access to passengers anywhere in the world at 30,000 feet."
As part of the company's Global Communications Suite, Panasonic's
eXConnect solution provides two-way broadband connectivity
aircraft to in flight. It supports a wide range of passenger and crew
applications, including Internet access, voice, data, and the ability to
monitor and transmit airline operational data in real time at speeds of
up to 50 Mbps to the aircraft.
Virgin Atlantic to launch
eXConnect on 737
Panasonic Avionics named Virgin Atlantic as the launch customer for
its Karma touch-screen handset, which the manufacturer describes
as "the ultimate remote control".
The device allows passengers to carry out tasks such as sending
e-mails or ordering food, without interrupting programming on their
in-flight entertainment screens.
"Karma provides easy to use navigation for passengers and a
dynamic graphical user interface offers airlines the option to create
customized designs to effectively promote their brand," Panasonic
says. "Karma gives passengers the ability to simultaneously watch
the latest video on the monitor while ordering a drink, purchasing
duty free products, tracking the flight or chatting with another
The first handsets will be delivered to Virgin Atlantic when
the carrier receives its new Airbus A330-300 jetliners, which
are equipped with Panasonic's eX2 in-flight entertainment and
communication (IFEC) system, along with connectivity from
AeroMobile. The aircraft are to be handed over from February 2011.
Aviointeriors says its SkyRider seat
allows seat-pitch of 23 inches or less.
AsianAviation | OCTOBER 13
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