APEX Insight: APEX Media is on-site at Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, covering the latest in passenger experience news. Here are the top news headlines from day one on the tradeshow floor.
AirAsia X Boosts roKKi System With Inmarsat’s GX Aviation
AirAsia X has announced that it will upgrade its roKKi in-flight entertainment system with Inmarsat’s GX Aviation, with plans not only to boost Internet speeds and provide seamless streaming, but to also increase passenger spend on board. The memorandum of understanding with Inmarsat covers AirAsia X’s A330 and A320 fleets, subject to final contracts. Installations begin later this year, with GX Aviation connectivity expected to go live first on A330 aircraft in 2018. Read more.
Airbus Unveils Higher Capacity Cabin Enablers for A380, Launches Interior Services Subsidiary
Airbus has revealed a package of new A380 cabin enablers centered around creating additional space for up to 80 seats on the jumbo aircraft. The aircraft manufacturer also announced the launch of a subsidiary, Airbus Interior Services, that will offer bespoke, short-time to market solutions, and an agreement with HAECO Cabin Solutions for its Centerline Ceiling Stowage compartment linefit option for new A320 aircraft. Read more.
What’s NEXT? Panasonic Avionics Introduces New IFEC Platform
Panasonic Avionics introduced its new in-flight entertainment and connectivity platform today. NEXT, which it describes as the Internet “wrapped around” the X series, was developed with hyper-personalization in mind. In addition to facilitating targeted advertising, NEXT integrates with Panasonic’s data-driven airline operations platform ZeroTouch to enable airlines to react to IFE viewership trends in real time. It’s expected to launch on the Boeing 777x in 2020. Read more.
Recaro Slides Into AIX 2017 With Airbus A320 Smart Cabin Reconfiguration “Flex Seat”
Recaro debuted the Airbus A320 Smart Cabin Reconfiguration “Flex Seat” today. The concept, which was developed by Airbus, Recaro and THK, allows crewmembers to adjust seat pitch by lifting a lever beneath the cushion and sliding the row of seats along a rail, giving passengers extra legroom when possible. Recaro is also displaying its iSeat technology, which informs cabin crew whether or not the seats are in TTL position via an app. Read more.
Air NZ Announced as Launch Customer of Acro’s Series 6 Seat
Air New Zealand launched Acro Aircraft Seating’s Series 6 seat today. “The aesthetics and the comfort levels that we achieved has produced a very stunning seat,” said Kerry Reeves, programme director, Air New Zealand. The seat is designed to be lightweight and spacious, with an additional 2 centimeters between seats for the middle passenger. The recline button is located at the front of the seat, which Reeves says is more intuitive for the passenger.
LIFT by Encore Debuts 787 Tourist Seat in Collaboration with Boeing
In collaboration with Boeing, LIFT By Encore has unveiled its second addition to its Tourist Class seating product line, an economy-class seat designed uniquely for Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. This year’s announcement coincides with the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Tourist Class 737 economy seat, which debuted at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2016. Designed from scratch, the seat is intended to deliver architectural compatibility with Dreamliner cabins and its Boeing Sky Interiors philosophy. Read more.
STG Aerospace to Install liTeMood LED Reading Light on Blue Air and Titan Airways
Blue Air and Titan Airways are the first to install STG Aerospace’s APEX Award-winning square-beam liTeMood LED reading lights on their Boeing 737NG and 757 aircraft. The company also announced that it has secured a contract with Boeing to provide its next-generation photoluminescent floor path marking system, saf-Tglo SuperSeal UltraLite, as a linefit option for Boeing 787 aircraft.
Gogo Named Lead Supplier for Airbus’ HBC Program
Gogo has joined Panasonic Avionics as lead supplier for Airbus’ High Bandwidth Connectivity program. The designation means airlines can place orders for Airbus A320 family, A330 and A380 aircraft that are already installed with Gogo’s 2Ku global satellite solution. “The selection is acknowledgement of the traction we’ve made with 2Ku in the marketplace, said Anand Chari, executive vice-president and CTO of Gogo.
Kontron’s Next-Generation Modem Manager Selected to Support Gogo’s 2Ku Program
Connectivity hardware provider Kontron has announced that its ARINC 791-compliant next-generation modem manager has been selected by Gogo to support the connectivity provider’s retrofit and line-fit connectivity programs. Based on the Taurus Ku-band modem from Gilat Satellite Networks, the system utilizes technology from Kontron’s ACE Flight product portfolio and supports simultaneous Internet session over Gogo’s 2Ku broadband system.
Groupe Dubreuil Becomes SITAONAIR’s First European Customer
Groupe Dubreuil, the parent company of Air Caraïbes and its recently launched low-cost sister airline French Blue, has been confirmed as SITAONAIR’s first European customer for Internet ONAIR. The Inmarsat GX Aviation-powered in-flight Wi-Fi solution will offer global coverage for both airlines’ long-haul flights between Paris, the French Caribbean and La Réunion on board their Airbus A330 and A350 aircraft.