Aircraft Interiors International Design Showcase 2021


The 2021 Aircraft Interiors International Design Showcase issue is now available online! This special annual issue is packed full of cabin ideas, designs, materials and technologies that can help guide and accelerate the recovery of aviation, including:

Airbus’s SVP of engineering, Stefan Roemelt, gives his view on the impact of the pandemic on the cabin industry. He discusses everything from the recovery of business class demand, to the evolution of cabin design, digital services, and how widebody operations will recover compared with the narrow-body sector

Boeing’s Darren Hulst shares his views on airline recovery and the impact of Covid-19 on aircraft cabin design. Hulst regards air travel as being highly resilient, and while passenger profiles might change, he expects business demand to recover and says that cabin designers should look beyond the short term…


2020 has been a unique year for aviation. We look back on how a remarkable industry responded to a remarkable situation




Thoughts, inspiration, insights and design solutions for recovery, from the world’s leading aircraft interiors design houses…

TEAGUE: This studio knows that design success is not just about putting pen to paper: it’s about delivering a design idea from concept to completion. The AirShield barrier is a prime example…

PRIESTMANGOODE: Airlines need to focus on creating ‘phygital’ experiences. The key is to create a journey that combines physical and human connections with digital experiences

FACTORYDESIGN: Long-range single-aisle aircraft cabins can be flexible, profitable and premium, bringing new opportunities for airline recovery and growth, says the London studio

JPA DESIGN: As aviation looks towards recovery, now is the time for airlines to invest in technology and innovations that stimulate confidence and demand

TANGERINE: Imagination and powerful design can help airlines shift the travel mindset from Covid-compliant to Covid-considered, creating a passenger experience that is as enjoyable as it is safe

DESIGN AND SCIENCE LAB: This Stuttgart studio is developing an entire boarding and pre-boarding process based around protection from infection. An autonomous seat is at the heart of the concept

AIM ALTITUDE: The benefits of drawing upon expertise from group activities and bringing them together in a coherent offering that will help boost passenger confidence and recovery

SUPPLIER SHOWCASE: Innovations for building passenger confidence and industry recovery

Materials, technologies, design innovation and ideas from the world’s leading aircraft interiors suppliers

SEKISUI KYDEX: The thermoplastics giant created unique Infused Imaging design elements for Adient Aerospace’s Ascent suite that meet the company’s high standards of aesthetics and craftsmanship

DIEHL AVIATION: The pandemic has further increased the requirements for hygiene standards on board passenger aircraft. Diehl has responded with the Cabin Confidence Concept

FLIGHT INTERIORS: New Zealand’s largest aircraft cabin supplier is expanding its operations to support customers and to help the recovery of international aviation

ELEATHER: Is the pandemic the unlikely hero of ecology? Changes to consumer behaviour, and seating material innovations, could help aviation’s ecological as well as economic recovery

BEADLIGHT: Why airlines that incorporate innovative lighting products into their cabins can help passengers feel relaxed and reassured of their safety, helping the aviation industry regrow

TAPIS: The Tapis and Ultrafabrics teams have been creating textiles engineering innovations to help overcome the aircraft interiors challenges posed by the Covid-19 crisis

SIMONA BOLTARON: The thermoplastic sheet expert discusses the merits of digital design and thinking outside of the box when it comes to selecting aircraft cabin finishes

STELIA AEROSPACE: The Opera business class seat for narrow-bodies was created in response to changing preferences for comfort, privacy and cleanliness, as well as airlines’ focus on efficiency 

JONATHAN ENGINEERED SOLUTIONS: Seat manufacturers refuse to cut corners in ensuring they deliver the best product. This is why they choose excellence for motion-control systems

MUIRHEAD: The Scottish leather supplier has launched a virus-resistant, sustainable natural leather for aviation interiors, providing best-in-class hygiene and passenger protection

ST ENGINEERING: A range of new ideas and solutions developed to help airlines and the aviation industry restore confidence in flying and adapt to changes in demand

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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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