Latest innovations in the airlines’ battle to win passengers
March 19, 2009 – A new passenger flight information system that provides a simulated view from the pilot's seat is just one of the innovative products being launched at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2009, which takes place from 31st March to 2nd April 2009 at the Hamburg Messe in Germany.
A new passenger flight information system that provides a simulated view from the pilot’s seat is just one of the innovative products being launched at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2009, which takes place from 31st March to 2nd April 2009 at the Hamburg Messe in Germany.
The Lufthansa Technik Niceview moving map system provides worldwide, high resolution 3-D maps and virtual flights designed to create the ultimate flight information and viewing experience for passengers. It integrates the latest flight simulation technology and authentic satellite maps so that passengers feel they are experiencing the view from a window or from inside the cockpit.
The global airline industry is having to reconcile the drive to reduce its costs and carbon footprint with the continuing need to enhance the passenger experience. The design, fixtures and facilities of passenger cabins are crucial components of this battle, hence the development of B/E Aerospace’s Super First Class seating. The company will be hosting an exclusive VIP viewing of its Oasis modular Super First Class (SFC) Suite as well as two versions of its High-Density SFC Suite designs. Designed to fit all wide body aircraft, the Oasis modular suite allows airlines the flexibility of choosing what level of exclusivity and privacy they want to offer first class travellers – from an 'open-concept' to a 'high-privacy' environment.
Recognising the tough economic climate for airlines, Airbus will be focusing on the importance of achieving greater efficiency from current and future cabins, backed up by displays relating to the aircraft manufacturer’s main product families – including the A320, A350 and A380. The A320 Family Enhanced Cabin offers a quieter cabin, designed with a more modern look and feel, including better luggage stowage and is available as a weight-reducing retrofit. Meanwhile, the A350 display will focus on the modular design of the cabin platform and in particular the efficient integration of galleys and lavatories. Airbus will also provide updates on SPICE (SPace Innovative Catering Equipment) and other initiatives to save weight and cost and improve airline revenue.
Katie Murphy, Aircraft Interiors Expo’s Exhibition Director, says: “The economic climate is not easy for exhibitors this year so it’s great to see that they have nonetheless risen to the occasion and are bringing a raft of innovative new products and services to display in Hamburg.”
Aircraft Interiors Expo is the largest dedicated aircraft interiors event in the world and will see companies exhibiting the full spectrum of technologies and products for airline constructors and operators.