AVIC creates one-stop aircraft interiors alliance

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Aircraft interiors giant AVIC, a China-based conglomerate, is uniting its global subsidiaries under a new holding structure, creating an alliance of expertise that together covers all areas of the aircraft cabin and can benefit from synergies. Named AVIC Cabin Systems Ltd (Hong Kong), which will also have a branch in London. The alliance comprises FACC, AIM Altitude, Thompson Aero Seating, Jiatai and Fesher, with production facilities across the USA, Asia, Australia and Europe.

The partnership intends to offer the civil aircraft market complete aircraft cabin systems from one alliance, with AIM Altitude delivering monuments, social spaces, bars and galleys, Thompson Aero Seating undertaking first and business-class seating, Jiatai supplying economy seating, and interiors and composites being supplied by Fesher, FACC and AIM Composites.

The partnership also aims to create added value through an integrated product and competence portfolio, an expansion of existing business relationships within the customer network, the establishment of a platform to develop future aircraft interior standards, and a global service network.

Taking the case of partner FACC, which mainly operates as a development and manufacturing partner of aircraft OEMs, joining with partners that have direct business relationships with airlines opens up new possibilities for airline business across the line-fit, retrofit, repair and service sectors.

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Ever since his first flight on a TriStar, Adam has loved air travel, and since becoming editor of the Aircraft Interiors International brand he has really enjoyed the opportunity to be involved with the latest aircraft and airline products before they are even launched. Adam co-ordinates the running of the magazine, from commissioning articles and artwork, to ensuring that high standards of quality are maintained, as well as managing online content. Adam is proud to sit on the jury of the Crystal Cabin Awards and to have laid on the bed in Etihad's Residence.

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