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Editor's Comment

The Editorial Comment in the January 2019 issue looked at the opportunities and challenges presented by the long range of the Airbus A321LR. The manufacturer has just upped the ante with the A321XLR, which can push out to 4,700nm, with flight times around nine to ten hours. This makes passenger wellbeing even more of a priority, especially in high density configurations.

Fortunately, airlines have been looking at this subject with increasing interest across all aircraft and all classes. Singapore Airlines, for example, operates the world’s longest scheduled service between its home town and Newark, with a flight time of 18 hours, 45 minutes. It has teamed with Canyon Ranch, an integrative wellness brand, which has science-based strategies for improved sleep, exercise and stretching, as well as new, nutrition-focused menus. CTT Systems has a long track record of humidification systems for business aircraft and pilots and cabin crew rest areas. Last year, four major airlines selected humidifiers for A350 and 777X first and business class cabins. These are the driest part of the aircraft as passengers are the only source of humidity in flight.


Aircraft Cabin Management has also been monitoring this interest and we are delighted to announce the very first Passenger Wellbeing Conference, to take place in London on 27 November (see Page 37/39 for details).  If you would like to speak and/or sponsor, please get in touch.


The other big news from Paris was the signing of a LoI by International Airlines Group for 200 Boeing 737 aircraft to join Vueling, LEVEL and British Airways at London-Gatwick. With Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways being quoted at the show as saying the MAX would have to be renamed, perhaps it was passenger wellbeing that led to IAG referring to the order being for 737-8 and 737-10.

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