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Volume 3, January 2014 | Contents

A growing minority bookmark
Accessibility for airline passengers with reduced mobility is by no means a fringe concern. Pressure groups are growing more vocal, legislation is increasing and negative press coverage when things go wrong is a public relations disaster. Tom Pleasant investigates
Be cool and be seen bookmark
Being a low-cost carrier does not always mean simply jamming passengers into the aircraft like sardines and flying them where they want to go at low prices. Some, such as Flynas, are offering business class products and services. Tom Pleasant investigates
Better safe than sorry bookmark
As passengers get bigger and airlines attempt to save weight wherever possible, Helen Massy-Beresford investigates the ongoing challenges seatbelt manufacturers face
Cabin insider – January 2014 bookmark
Air Canada 787 interior
New aircraft deserve new cabins and Air Canada’s recent orders mean both
Comfort zone bookmark
For Singapore Airlines, the introduction of new Boeing 777-300ERs was an opportunity to further develop its cabin interiors. Ian Harbison went on board at Heathrow
Customer know-how bookmark
It is all very well running advertising campaigns that will appeal to passengers, but an aircraft manufacturer’s real customers are the airlines. Tom Pleasant talks to Boeing about how it intends to provide products that keep the airlines happy, not just their passengers
Editor's note – January 2014 bookmark
Accepted wisdom – knowledge that everyone knows as fact – is dangerous. It assumes that a topic or an idea is always correct and cannot change: Low-cost carriers should not offer a business class product; shell seats are only for first and business class; every seat manufacturer wants to be in the Airbus and Boeing catalogue.
Going with the flow bookmark
New materials and careful system management promise a reduction in air conditioning noise throughout the cabin, as well as lighter weight and reduced maintenance, as Paul E. Eden explains
Je t’aime bookmark
First class may attract the rich and famous, and demand for business class may be rapidly growing, but Air France is determined to give the ‘plain Janes’ in economy some much needed love and respect too. Kurt Hofmann reports
Seats’ arms race bookmark
Certification limits the ability to personalise design...Or does it? Are seating manufacturers guilty of chasing bulk orders over flexibility for their customers? Tom Pleasant investigates
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