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Using blockchain to reinforce aviation asset management

Blockchain is one of the most discussed and intriguing technologies out there today, and its use in the commercial aviation industry could help combat the problem of counterfeit parts entering supply chains

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Bas de Vos, director of IFS Labs


An overview of the 2017 Paris Airshow

Following a successful Paris show this year, an independent aviation consultant gives his view on the aircraft market and the battle for orders at Le Bourget. Let's find out which aircraft cabins designers are most likely to be working on in the future

 

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Dr Stuart Hatcher, chief intelligence officer, IBA


Paris Air Show 2017: What to watch out for in the interiors segment (part two)

As the International Paris Air Show continues, Anand Parameswaran considers major trends including consolidation in the interiors sector, and the strategies of players from the East

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Anand Parameswaran, SVP of aerospace & defense, Cyient


Paris Air Show 2017: What to watch out for in the interiors segment

Ahead of next week's International Paris Air Show, Anand Parameswaran considers the role that technology will play at the show and what this could mean for the interiors segment

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Anand Parameswaran, SVP of aerospace & defense, Cyient


Increasing passenger loyalty through cabin branding

Intensifying competition is leading to a greater need for airlines to differentiate themselves from their competitors. Brand image and identity are key factors for success, and branding panels can help give airlines the brand visibility they need

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Alberto D'Ambrosio, CEO, ABC International


Plan ahead to save money in galley loading

Insights from pricing and revenue management specialists can help developers find new ways to save money. Such savings found can help convince budget holders to reinvest in product development. The most important of these opportunities is in galley loading

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Oliver Ranson, founder of Ranson Pricing


First class thinking

Building the Hanging Gardens of Babylon: the forgotten revenue case for first class. Here are nine compelling arguments for offering first class

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Oliver Ranson, founder of Ranson Pricing


Passenger profiling: Digging into your data

Understanding the trends and patterns which represent distinctive passenger profiles can be valuable to enterprising designers seeking new ways of attracting high-fare passengers and selling seats that would otherwise go unsold

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Oliver Ranson, founder of Ranson Pricing


Predictions for the interiors market - Part two

In the second post of his two-part series, Anand explores the developments and disruption happening in the aftermarket. While production has traditionally dominated revenue proportions, a surge in maintenance and retrofit programs could be set to transform this segment of the aerospace market

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Anand Parameswaran, SVP of aerospace & defense, Cyient


Predictions for the interiors market

In the first of a two-part blog, Cyient's Anand Parameswaran shares his predictions for the interiors market. Part one: the race for production is a marathon and a 'print'

 

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Anand Parameswaran, SVP of aerospace & defense, Cyient


Food safety training: make it a priority

In-flight catering is a key differentiator for airlines today, but poor food handling in commercial environments may be the largest contributor to food contamination in the UK, states food safety specialist, Mike Williams. When things go wrong it can have a massive impact on reputation, which is why ongoing food safety training is vital

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Mike Williams, director, STS


Perk up: The right time for an inflight coffee

Every airline serves refreshments throughout the flight time. If you are anything like me, you love a hot cup of coffee when you are up in the air. It keeps you alert and warms you up as you are heading towards your destination. But when is the best time to serve coffee during a flight?

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Sarah Jones, wedreamofcoffee


Demand concepts that influence your LOPA

When bean counters influencing LOPA development are seeking to ram in seats at maximum density, regardless of the impact on service, you will need facts, based on demand, to convince them to make the environment more comfortable

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Oliver Ranson, founder of Ranson Pricing


Zodiac-Safran: logics will prevail

As Safran enters negotiations to acquire Zodiac Aerospace, Michel Merluzeau, director of aerospace market analysis at AirInsightResearch, explains why the deal will be a long process, driven by cultural and market necessities

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Michel Merluzeau, AirInsightResearch


Kits these days

Nobody ever chose an airline on the basis of the quality of its amenity kits, says a frequent flyer and regular reader…

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Christopher Lamb


Making the icing on the cake even sweeter

By following three main channels inspired by pricing and revenue management, product designers can convince budget holders that product improvements pay for themselves

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Oliver Ranson, founder of Ranson Pricing


Online security is a process, not a competition

Following a series of website security updates implemented at United Airlines to advance consumer security, we should remind ourselves every day that security is a process. For security to be a process, it has to become part of business as usual – not a milestone, or a sprint to the finish line

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Robert Capps, NuData Security


Revenue managers: the product designer's new BFF

If only there was a way for designers to stand up to the bean counters and show why their products will pay for themselves. New regular contributor Oliver Ranson believes that there is, and it lies within pricing and revenue management

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Oliver Ranson, founder of Ranson Pricing


Keep calm and ask yourself this

Whether reacting to a project going wrong or working out how to deal with a major incident, organizations should ask themselves five questions to make sure they are properly handling the situation

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Samer Faraj, McGill University, Quebec


Inflight connectivity in Latin America

Latin American carriers are beginning to embrace inflight connectivity, with satellite capacity in the region being continually expanded. Let's consider the implications for the future…

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Craig Foster, co-founder of Valour Consultancy


The impact of Brexit on the European aviation industry

Following the United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union, aviation businesses will have to develop clear corporate and business strategies for the long term

 

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Diogenes Papiomytis, Frost & Sullivan


Tackling the threat of lithium-ion batteries

Thomas Schwarz and Peter Ermtraud from the Thermal Products division of Morgan Advanced Materials address the safety issues created by the air transportation of lithium-ion batteries and suggest thermal management solutions

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The future of IFE will be plugin-less

As more passengers embrace BYOD, airlines need to rethink their IFE strategies. Plugin-less technology can tap into the behavior and expectations of today’s travelers – and increase airline margins too

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Juraj Siska, CTO, IdeaNova Technologies


Zero defect manufacturing in the supply chain

In the final instalment of his blog trilogy, Cyient’s Tom Edwards has three words on his mind: quality, quality, quality. Let's consider one of the most topical issues in the aerospace supply chain right now – zero defect manufacturing

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Tom Edwards, president, North America operations and aerospace, Cyient


Aircraft Interiors: The rise of disruptive technologies

In part two of his blog trilogy, Cyient’s Tom Edwards looks at the rise of disruptive technologies set to take center stage at Farnborough Airshow, including virtual reality, wi-fi advances and predictive maintenance

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Tom Edwards, president, North America operations and aerospace, Cyient


Aircraft interiors: Balancing product and productivity

In the first of a three-part series in the lead-up to Farnborough International Airshow, Tom Edwards, president of North America operations and aerospace at Cyient, considers the juggling acts being performed by cabin suppliers to meet customer expectations

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Supply chain under scrutiny following Brexit

A senior lecturer in operations and project management comments on the repercussions for the UK manufacturing industry following the country’s vote to exit the EU

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Dr Christos Tsinopoulos, Durham University Business School


Britain isn't skilled enough to leave the European Union

The EU Referendum has led to many weighing up the pros and cons of the UK’s future as part of the European Union. A major consideration is the implications a potential Brexit could have on the UK's engineering jobs market

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James Turnpenny, JAM Recruitment


Hydrate to feel great

Keeping passengers hydrated can be a valuable extension of the customer experience onboard. As travelers arrive at their destination without jetlag, they might just recall their flight with a little extra fondness

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Daniel Cray, Phizz


Good crews make for happy passengers

Having quality onboard product is vital, but it's the small personal touches that crew offer that can make a great flight an unforgettable flight

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Rada Kopivica, flight attendant at Etihad Airways


Wi-fly into the future of the connected skies

Following BA's announcement that it is investing GB£30m to bring high speed wi-fi to 118 aircraft in its its fleet, Cyient's Bhoopathi Rapolu explores what BA’s announcement could mean for the industry as a whole, the prospect of custom-built airline apps, and the potential barriers that BA might face before the planned rollout next year

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Bhoopathi Bhoopathi Rapolu, head of analytics EMEA, Cyient


Bizjet anomalies: When the pre-owned market goes crazy

The pre-owned jet market is a complex entity that cannot always be predicted. Certain events happen that are unforeseen and unprecedented. These events have nothing to do with the aircraft itself, but can affect its value

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Marian Jancarik, Colibri Aircraft


How 3D printing will transform ERP systems

Let’s look at how 3D printing is transforming aerospace & defense support chains and how enterprise resource planning systems will have to adapt to face the threat of counterfeit parts

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Brendan Viggers, IFS Aerospace & Defence Centre of Excellence


The top civil aviation trends in 2016

There are some key trends that will impact the civil aviation industry during 2016, chief among which is additive manufacturing

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Graham Grose, global industry director, IFS


Take travel personally

The lowering of air fares, growth in technology-driven onboard services and the rise of premium economy are just some of the major trends influencing the global travel industry today. A forthcoming event in Hamburg could help airlines move with these changing times

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Archana Sharma, exhibition director, WTCE


How to secure the network on a connected airliner?

While aircraft connectivity is revolutionizing inflight entertainment and communications (IFEC), cyber security is vital, especially now that there are calls for gathering more real-time data on aircraft location and operations

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James Collett, head of mobility & energy, Intelsat


Going Dutch

The team at JPA Design visited Dutch Design Week to see the latest designs and trends from across the whole spectrum of the world of interiors. Their findings could inspire the colors, materials and finishes for the next generation of aircraft cabin interiors

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The JPA Design team


Reflecting on aviation security for 2015

Recent events have highlighted a number of disparities in security standards across the globe. For aviation security, the biggest threat is the insider threat, but there are behavioral markers which can be used to great effect to mitigate this

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Jim Termini, director, Redline Assured Security


The mobile web is broken

Following Google's acknowledgement that the mobile web is essentially broken, let's take a look at accelerated mobile pages and at what options are available for businesses such as airlines that experience mobile website pains

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James Rosewell, CEO of 51Degrees


Wake up and smell the W-IFE

This is a wake-up call for airlines: wireless entertainment is a deal-breaker for passengers

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Gerald Schreiber, CEO of PaxLife


Map to the future

Are we there yet? In terms of geotainment, the entertainment is there, but there is a lot more potential in terms of revenue generation

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Craig Foster, co-founder of Valour Consultancy


Unblocking the problem of ad blockers

Ad blockers have big implications for inflight wi-fi advertising opportunities, and for airline websites. James Rosewell, CEO of 51Degrees, explains why device detection could be the solution to ad blockers

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James Rosewell, CEO of 51Degrees


Understanding upstream supply chain risk

Smaller vendors are being forced to radically overhaul their operating costs while driving innovation in order to protect relationships with their major OEM customers. Jeff Pike looks at the three steps of enterprise management: map, monitor and manage.

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Jeff Pike, head of strategy and marketing for the IFS Aerospace and Defence Centre of Excellence


Why do ideas boxes remain empty?

Every day companies hear about competitors coming up with breakthrough ideas and adopting new and disruptive strategies. But what if your organization isn't coming up with these amazing ideas? Let Guru tell you a story that might enlighten you and help you find a diamond in the rough…

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Puneet Bhatnagar, creativity and innovation trainer at Creative Commandoes


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Why use an aircraft interior designer?

You have just gone through the long process of purchasing an aircraft; it’s time to determine what the interior should look like. Who do you turn to for the right color and material selections and the amenities you require or desire?

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Jim Murphy, director of design at Point Innovation


Aviation and the staffing shortfall

There is a growing shortage of qualified aircraft engineers and pilots, with many companies struggling to fill positions. The answer could lie in the specialist recruitment sector

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William Finden, managing director, Oaklands Global


Efficiency by design

The devil really is in the detail of converting designs successfully into the manufactured product, and cutting corners is never an option even though, as commercial concerns, companies may be driven by margins and profit goals.

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Mark Fairhurst, technical director, BHR Group


Predictive analytics: The customer is king

Predictive analytics can make your customers feel like kings while your business soars

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Sean Riley, Software AG


Digital and interactive destination content

Ahead of next week's APEX Expo in Portland, USA, Cyril Jean, CEO of PXCom explains how this French startup company's digital and interactive digital applications can enhance IFE systems with high-end destination content

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Aviation suppliers in a quandary

The German aviation industry is under pressure: pressure on pricing, and pressure to rethink their working methods in line with changing customer requirements. These pressures have been highlighted in a study conducted by the Staufen management consultancy in partnership with the BDLI

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Harald Knoke, Staufen AG


Big data, big opportunities

If each flight of a Boeing 787 alone generates 500GB of data, with everything from the cabin pressure to the pressure of the tires being recorded, what happens to that massively growing amount of 'big data'? And what do you do with it?

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Brendan Viggers, IFS A&D Centre of Excellence


Taking to the cloud

Having the right IT management tools, in-flight wi-fi and tablet-style entertainment systems could save money for airlines. From the passenger perspective, they should be aware of what services will be available to them and when, so the entertainment and wi-fi services they use are seamless and uninterrupted

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Pradyut Roy, product consultant, ManageEngine


Flying in the digital age

As connected consumers, we’re increasingly running our lives from smart devices, yet despite the fact that we have high-speed internet access at home, at work, on the move and even at tube stations, air passengers can only get online on 24% of all miles flown. There are ways to improve this situation and to gain a key competitive advantage

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Rupak Ghosh, vice president, Cyient


Resolving the perils of personalization

Airlines, airframe manufacturers and interior component suppliers need to work together in a new form of collaboration to reduce the delivery backlogs and delays caused by over-customization of components

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Greg Sinn, engagement manager at ARRYVE


Too hot to handle

Li-Ion battery fires are a growing inflight threat as each passenger now brings an average of 4.5 Li-ion cells on to each flight, Here's what you need to know about this hot topic

 

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Dr George Brilmyer, HighWater Innovations


Enforcing your IP rights

Enforcing your IP rights through the courts can be a very expensive and often drawn-out process, albeit a necessary one. However, there are a number of other alternatives available, such as negotiations and passive enforcement, to avoid a costly legal battle

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The Wynne-Jones IP trademark team


Why you feel cold in a blue cabin

Let's consider a few psychological aspects of the passenger experience in commercial and private aviation that can affect the enjoyment of a journey

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Vitalij Kapitonov, CEO of KlasJet, Klasjet


Marrying crew engagement and technology

The marriage of crew engagement and technology is creating opportunities in the skies to generate additional revenue and passenger satisfaction

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Andy Archer, GuestLogix


We've got all the right pieces, it's time to put them in all the right places...

There are three main reasons why the IFEC experience lags behind the capabilities of the technology in your pocket, but with the right approach they can be overcome

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James Acton, co-founder and director of The Brand Nursery


It's all about the passenger experience - really!

Investment into the passenger experience reaches into the billions, but there seems to be a commercial agenda behind it rather than a genuine desire to change for the better

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James Acton, co-founder and director of The Brand Nursery


Effective GUI design

What use is great IFE content if a passenger struggles to access it? David Pook from Thales Avionics shares his wisdom of how to create a great GUI to engage the passenger and improve their IFE experience

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The next big (scary) thing

A few thoughts about 2014's tech trends and what might be big for the air transport industry in 2015, and beyond. Predicting the next big thing is always a bit risky and I’ll be the first to say I don’t always get it right, but 2015 is shaping up to be a year full of possibilities.

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Jim Peters, SITA


Seeing red

Ex-head of design at Virgin Atlantic, Luke Miles, explains why people came first in his work at the airline, in terms of passengers and staff

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Q&A: Nathan Sparshott, Viewport Studio

Catch up with Nathan Sparshott, who learned his aviation design craft at Virgin Atlantic and is now applying his experience at Viewport Studio

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Box vs tube

Having held positions as head of design at Virgin Atlantic and SVP of design for InterContinental Hotels, Joe Ferry is ideally placed to comment on the hotel trends that are informing aircraft interior cabins

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Q&A: Jaime Moreno

The CEO of Mormedi, a Spanish design firm that has been involved in everything from domestic ovens, to the initial A380 super first-class concept, to the new Iberia cabins, shares his views on design

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Cool customers

Cool10 is one of the newest design companies to enter the aircraft interiors market. Meet the boss Celia Sawyer, who discusses Pilatus, luxury design, and the future

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The growing LCC market: Line maintenance-related challenges

As more and more players are ambitious enough to enter the attractive low-cost carrier market, they should be ready to adopt their requirements for appropriate maintenance support accordingly

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Asta Zirlyte, head of FL Technics' line maintenance department


Meet Chef Bob Rosar

Meet Chef Bob Rosar, corporate executive chef for Gate Gourmet North America, who discusses everything from the essential ingredients of successful inflight cuisine, to his secret inflight flambéeing

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Keep it clean

Built-in and centrally-fed technology that could give every passenger the ability to have clean hands while in their seat during an entire flight is available, yet it is not implemented

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John B. Squicciarini, president, SaniTene


Creating Etihad's camels

The story behind Etihad's camel leather headrests in economy. Yarwood Leather designed the camel hide, created the prototypes, burn-tested the samples, and presented the work to Etihad

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Matthew Nicholls, Yarwood Leather


2013: The year GX Ka-Band became a reality

PEDs are  consuming more and more bandwidth, placing increased demand on satellite connectivity and infrastructure. Advances are being made to ensure flyers don't feel frustrated with the level of access

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By Jack Jacobs, vice president, Honeywell Aerospace


What kind of banana do you want your customers to be?

Something as simple as a banana can hold a key to success – making people feel special

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Peter Tennent, Factorydesign


Why LCC branding needs to evolve

Has the enfant terrible of the airline industry, the street punk, aka the low-cost carrier (LCC), finally grown up?

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Peter Knapp, global creative officer, Landor Associates


Wireless IFE: why airlines must embrace the evolving passenger experience

Whether they like it or not, airlines are going to have to match their IFE offerings to the growing expectations of passengers – and the growth in enabling technologies

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Adrian Lambert, IFE Services


Be brave with colour

Blue or beige may be a safe option for a cabin palette, but it is also a wasted opportunity to enhance the passenger experience – and the brand experience

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Devin Liddell, principal brand strategist, Teague


The rule of new rules

Consumer trends expert Daniel Levine, discusses new ways of marketing to attract a new customer mindset, and his favourite airline amenities

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Daniel Levine, executive director of The Avant-Guide Institute in NYC


How the March 2013 cover feature works in the real world

Regular reader Emeka Nwagu, a flight officer from Decub Aviation Services in Nigeria shares his thoughts on the March cover feature, which explored the needs of males and females in the cabin

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Emeka Nwagu, flight officer, Decub Aviation Services, Nigeria


Pay-as-you-weigh pricing of an air ticket

The pay-as-you-weigh model postulates passenger's weight as a major determinant (at least in part) of an airfare may provide significant benefits to airlines, passengers and society at large

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Dr Bharat P. Bhatta, Sogn og Fjordane College, Norway


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The brand as a seamless, holistic journey

In aircraft interiors right now, there’s a lot of bandying about of words like seamless and holistic and journey. I don’t have any objections to the ideas these words represent, but they are just attributes of a designed experience. They are not at the centre of a brand

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Devin Liddell, principal brand strategist at Teague


Why airline loyalty is not up in the air

Bram Hechtkopf of the travel and hospitality vertical at Kobie considers why some airline loyalty programmes are soaring to new success, grounded on driving the ultimate passenger experience

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Bram Hechtkopf, Kobie


The uncommon eReader

Patrick Préfontaine, president of DTI Software, explains the challenges of getting its popular eReader platform in service with flydubai, and reveals what’s next for the popular inflight media portal

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Fiber provider

Lumexis’ innovative Fiber To The Screen IFE system will be line-fit approved by the second half of this year, says CEO, Doug Cline

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2012: the year of in-flight connectivity

Why 2012 has been a year to remember for in-flight connectivity, and what the coming years might hold in store.

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Heath Lockett, aerospace market analyst at IMS Research


High-flying success: Airline industry banks on passenger experience for a turbulence-free 2013

As travellers get ready to take off for the holidays and the airline industry prepares for one of its busiest seasons of the year, low-cost carriers and their legacy counterparts are taking a look back at their successes (and missteps) to capitalise on the top airline technology trends of the year - to implement in the new one. Here’s a quick look at the end-of-year landscape

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Raphael Bejar, CEO, Airsavings


The global commercial aircraft cabin interiors market

Monika Lawrzecka, industry analyst at Frost & Sullivan has found that market insight suggests that new aircraft deliveries and retrofit programs will benefit the global commercial aircraft interiors market

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The global commercial aircraft cabin interiors market

 Following a global economic crisis, new aircraft and retrofit cabin interiors programmes are booming

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Monika Lawrzecka, industry analyst, Frost & Sullivan


Characterising cabin noise

The latest test methods can help ensure passengers enjoy a quiet flight, says PCB's Mark Valentino

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Mark Valentino, PCB Piezotronics


Working out the true costs of IT to your business

Charles Black, CEO of Cloud computing company Nasstar plc, works out the true costs of IT in the aircraft industry and the potential efficiency gains from working in the Cloud

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Charles Black, CEO of cloud computing company Nasstar plc


The customer is king

Charlene Kane, director of customer service at Monarch Airlines, explains how to keep customers happy

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Stretching their monetary wings: How airlines can apply social media to create a new revenue engine

Raphael Bejar, CEO of Airsavings, discusses why social media is the next frontier for airlines looking to generate profit and will increasingly become a critical component of both an airline’s loyalty program and ancillary revenue strategy

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Fortune teller

Monika Lawrzecka of Frost & Sullivan analyses what's in store for the aircraft interiors market

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Golden ticket

Derek Ellis of Massive Interactive outlines his three golden rules of IFE interface design

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True Brit

Peter Cooke, design lead at British Airways, on why design should matter to leading airlines – and how to get the best from agencies and suppliers

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Three thinking

Robert Smith, senior market analyst at IMDC, shares his top three IFEC trends and considerations

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Happy landings

Peter Vink, professor at Delft University of Technology, presents his latest research into factors influencing inflight comfort

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Flushed with success

Jens Romca of müller/romca industrial design discusses the intricacies of designing the all-important aircraft lavatory

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All things SPICE

Daniel Percy, marketing manager at Airbus, provides an update on the SPICE galley concept

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Wide of the mark

Daniel Baron of Lift Strategic Design says talk of twin aisles on narrow-body aircraft misses the point

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Daniel Baron of Lift Strategic Design


Star turn

Michelin Star chef Marc Fosh reveals the rigours of working with Lufthansa and LSG Sky Chefs as part of the airline’s renowned Star Chefs dining program

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Real deal

Peter Tennent of Factorydesign is a firm believer in the value of building physical mock-ups

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Peter Tennent of Factorydesign


French connection

Sophie Troël, Air France’s general manager of in-flight entertainment (IFE) development, discusses the airline’s IFE policy and some of the issues helping to shape it

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A350 vendor selection

Bob Lange, Airbus’s head of aircraft interiors marketing, provides an insight into the A350 vendor selection process. Despite many cabin items being supplier-furnished equipment, Lange insists airlines will still be able to exercise enough choice to meet their brand identity needs

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Pimped for a ride

Peter Knapp of global branding and design consultancy Landor Associates warns that over-milking ancillary revenue streams can ultimately cheapen your brand

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Peter Knapp of Landor Associates


One Small Step …

Emil Jacob of Jacob Innovations says airlines should not be afraid to take advantage of unused vertical space to exploit better passenger revenues

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Emil Jacob of Jacob Innovations


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