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Volume 2, October 2013 | Contents

APEX news report bookmark
This year’s APEX IFSA 2013 show was held in Anaheim, California, from 9 to 12 September. The event made clear that satcoms and wifi continue to be major areas of interest for the airlines
Bombardier’s cabin collection bookmark
Bombardier’s unique product line-up poses a range of cabin challenges, which the company satisfies with a remarkable level of commonality. Paul E. Eden reports
Changing tastes bookmark
The advent of low-cost carriers has driven a major shift in catering trends, creating a butterfly effect which has been felt across all airline models. So how can airlines improve the food and drink offered on board, while still cutting costs and weight? Tom Pleasant reports
Economy’s bed of roses bookmark
Is economy class heading for a showdown with the premium classes over who has the largest bed? A new extendable seat could herald comfortable sleep at economy prices
Editor's note – October 2013 bookmark
Economic forecasts point, at least from a cautiously optimistic viewpoint, to a global recovery. This is a good thing for cabins, as aviation is one of the first industries to be hit by a recession, but likewise, it is also one of the first to recover.
Fight! Fight! Fight! bookmark
The ever-increasing demand to provide in-flight connectivity has seen competing formats jostle for supremacy. Making the wrong choice could lead to airlines stockpiling useless equipment worth millions. Tom Pleasant finds out more
Like a kid in a candy store bookmark
As we are living in the internet age we are reaching the point where we expect to be online all the time. Something that isn’t easy for airlines to provide, especially with passengers notoriously reluctant to pay for the privilege
Old dog, new tricks bookmark
KLM Cityhopper may be planning on replacing its elderly Fokker 70 fleet, but Acro and Fokker Services have helped it revitalise the cabin. Ian Harbison reports
Outgunned and outclassed bookmark
Consumers churn through portable device upgrades every year or two, but airlines can only manage once a decade. That leaves them dangerously behind the curve on what their passengers expect from IFE
Power behind the throne bookmark
Quick retrofits are a key requirement for easy maintenance in the world of aircraft seating. But fast turnaround times and tough regulatory requirements for documentation mean mistakes can creep in
October 2013