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liant-Lite thermoplastic carbon composite tray table assembly, which
is lighter and more robust than traditional designs; and Boltaron’s
decorative translucent formed material that is used throughout
United’s Polaris Business Class cabin.
Materials and production of aircraft interior parts is set to improve
further, with developments under way. The Composite Technology
Centre (CTC), for example, is engaged in a project to develop recycled
carbon fibre veil prepeg to replace current glass fibre applications in
aircraft interiors, delivering cost and weight reductions. CTC has also
developed the Hybrid SC (Sheet Moulding Compounds) technology
combining tailored, pre-impregnated fibre reinforcements and SMC
in a one-step compression moulding process to produce complex,
lightweight and functional cabin components in a cost-efficient way.
Diehl Aircabin has developed a digital printing solution for cabin
linings that allow individual designs as well as reduced weight and
lead times, while Jormac Aerospace has developed resin transfer
moulded carbon fibre profiles which are stronger than steel alloys,
but weigh less than aluminium and Bishop has developed a new
micro-attachment technology to connect structural parts together,
saving weight, assembly time and the number of parts.
Neotech, meanwhile, has partnered with a number of research or-
ganisations in the FeVediS project aimed at bringing the benefits of
3D printed electronics technology to aircraft components. The team
has already developed a self-regulating, lightweight heater that can
be printed onto interior cabin panels, eliminating the “cold shoulder ”
effect from cabin sidewall panels. Villinger has also developed the
LITEHEAT cabin heating system that can be adapted to different
surfaces and uses semi-conductive polymers in an ultra-thin layer.
Safety also features, including Weigele Aerospace’s Quahuay
live electro-magnetic interference monitoring system and SACS/
Boysen Aerospace’s XBag Extinguisher, which is a heat-resistant
bag with an extinguishing agent to put out a burning device, such
as a lithium ion battery.
Numerous airlines have entered the awards this year, primarily
with new Business Class, including US carriers Delta Air Lines and
United Airlines. Delta’s Delta One Suite, which will make its debut
on the airline’s new Airbus A350-900s this year, was designed in
partnership with Thompson Aero and Factorydesign. It was de-
signed with exceptional comfort and privacy in mind, providing
each passenger with a private space, with a sliding door, personal
stowage areas, an advanced in-flight entertainment system, and
premium materials, trim and finishes.
United’s new Business Class for its international fleet, Polaris, is
aimed at delivering the best sleep experience in the sky, according
to the airline. Polaris was designed in partnership with Priestman-
goode, Acumen Design Associates, Zodiac Aerospace and EnCore
Interiors. It features space and comfort while maximising revenue
for United with a density neutral layout, it says.
Qantas also entered its new Business Suite, as featured on the
airline’s A330-300s, highlighting its world first seat recline from
take-off to landing. The Business Suite features a customised
Thompson Aero Seating Vantage XL seat. The lie-flat seat allows
passengers to recline from take-off through to landing. The suites
offer fully-flat beds and direct aisle access in a one-two-one layout.
The suite also offers space to eat and work, with generous stowage
space for personal items.
Hawaiian Airlines also entered its new Premium Cabin, which
it says blends innovation, luxury and island-inspired design. The
cabin features 18 full-flat seats in a two-two-two configuration. The
airline partnered with Italian seat manufacturer Optimares and brand
consultancy PaulWylde on the design to reflect the carrier ’s island
home, incorporating flowing curves evocative of the wind and ocean,
and sand and sea tones.
TAP Air Portugal’s refurbished A320 Family cabin is also on the
shortlist. Recaro Aircraft Seating provided the new seat, while the
airline worked with local design consultancy ALMADESIGN in the
definition and brand identity.
Turkish Airlines has entered its Sausage Headrest into the compe-
tition, believing support for the neck is just as important as the arm.
The flexible headrest can be formed into various shapes, providing
utmost comfort to the head and neck, according to the airline.
Air Caraibes, meanwhile, believes its iZivision IFE, cabin Wi-Fi
and broadband connectivity service is a winner. The result of two
years of development, iZivision is powered by Display Interactive’s
UGO system and is fully integrated with the airline’s IT systems,
supporting passenger services and providing revenue streams and
Aircraft manufacturers have also entered the competition. Bom-
bardier, for example, has entered its CSeries Cabin, claiming a new
standard in cabin design and flexibility. Bombardier is also on the
shortlist for its new Passenger with Reduced Mobility Lavatory for
the CRJ Series that provides easy wheelchair access thanks to a
wider aisle and larger doors.
Airbus also has a number of shortlisted entries, including the
Smart Cabin Reconfiguration project, which allows airlines to size
the cabin seat layout based on booking demand and in real-time,
and the Aft Galley Stair Module on the A380 which replaces the
rear spiral staircase with a straight one, allowing toilet and galley
modules to be moved ad providing more space for seats.
▲ The In2sense Smart Office is a multi-functional tray table that
features a “touchsense secret-until-lit keyboard”.
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