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Editorial comment - April 2017

Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg promises to be bigger and better than ever. While the run of new aircraft types entering service has come to an end (for the time being), the retrofit market has been picking up
 

Innovations are still appearing, with the latest being the unique configuration of the QSuite from Qatar Airways. The introduction of wifi and BYOD is also continuing apace, while connectivity is being boosted by new-generation satellites that offer the potential for more bandwidth at lower cost.

 

Of course, in the land of the giant fortress stands, there are two important developments this year. Rockwell Collins is the new owner of B/E Aerospace while Safran has taken over Zodiac Aerospace. The first is the easiest to understand, given the US company’s involvement in avionics and IFE, while the second has more of a focus on aircraft systems. However, both deals are being overshadowed by the current delivery problems being experienced by Airbus and Boeing, caused by the late delivery of interior components. It is interesting to note that Philippe Petitcolin, CEO of Safran, said: “Our industrial expertise will also accelerate the return to [Zodiac’s] historical levels of profitability in the seats and cabin activities.”

 

Aircraft Cabin Management will again have the honour of presenting the Crystal Cabin Award for Cabin Systems and, if you are at the show, please come and see us at Stand 1E60 or contact us to arrange a meeting.

 

Anyone who has had successful eye surgery will always remember the instant transformation of their world into a clearer, sharper and more beautiful place. This is true in the developed world, but how much more so in developing countries, especially as 80% of visual impairment can be avoided or cured? Orbis International uses a McDonnell Douglas MD-10 as a Flying Eye Hospital to bring treatment and training to those regions. Here, the transformation is often linked to an opportunity for an individual to regain independence, have an opportunity to fulfil their potential and contribute to their local community. In addition, the training is a legacy after the aircraft has departed that enables local medical personnel to continue their good work.

 

Aircraft Cabin Management had the opportunity to visit this very special aircraft during a recent visit to the UK and would like to encourage you to find out more at www.orbis.org. Perhaps if your company is looking for a preferred charity, Orbis would be the perfect match with its link to aviation?


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