Aircraft Interiors International – March 2021 issue


The March 2021 issue is a must-read for aerospace professionals and enthusiasts. While aviation traffic has endured a slowdown, the passenger experience sector has been accelerating its research and innovation. From the major motion picture studios adopting new thinking for IFE content delivery, to cabin materials and hygiene innovation, to the impressive aerospace developments underway in East and Southeast Asia, there is impressive activity happening right across the aircraft interiors sector.

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Cover story: How direct-to-consumer content is disrupting IFE

a screenshot of the magazine spread, showing passengers attending a movie premiere outside an aeroplane

The Hollywood studios are embracing direct-to-consumer (D2C) distribution, a trend that is shaking up the IFE sector. Will airlines soon simply provide the connectivity pipe, while passengers create personal onboard premieres through D2C subscriptions? Michael Childers explores the next steps for IFE in this blockbuster feature

Thermoplastics innovation

a selection of luxurious plastic cabin finishes, such as wood grains

Product innovation and new ways of working are driving efficiency, diversification and recovery in the cabin thermoplastics industry. John Walton discovers the exciting innovations underway at the major players

Brexit and the UK cabin sector

A british flag with planes flying over

The UK’s withdrawal from the EU means new trading rules for UK & Northern Irish interiors companies. Business experts give their views on how they think Brexit will influence their work and the overall cabin sector

Cabin hygiene

Heightened passenger expectations for cabin hygiene are putting increased pressure on airlines to perform swift and thorough cleaning in tight turnarounds. The latest innovations can help boost efficiency – and passenger confidence

Asia focus

Asia: a booming aerospace market

East and Southeast Asia are leading the way in the recovery of post-Covid air travel. The impressive recovery isn’t just due to the region’s effective responses to the pandemic: its aviation and aircraft interiors sectors are growing in strength

Interview: Malaysia Airlines

yin may lau standing in an aircraft cabin

Malaysia Airlines’ group chief customer experience officer, Yin May Lau, discusses market trends, recovery, and the airline’s approach to cabin strategy in the time of Covid-19. Suppliers note: the airline is planning to replace its cabin hardware

Interview: Singapore Airlines

sheldon hee in singapore airlines premium economy class

Singapore Airlines’ Sheldon Hee discusses the airline’s cabin experience strategy and its future plans. The airline intends to keep reinvesting in cabin projects to meet ever-changing market demands

Interview: AVIC cabin systems

Andres Budo, SVP commercial at AVIC Cabin Systems, shares the group’s perspective of the interiors market

A flexible cabin for narrow-bodies

Tokyo-based LIFT Aero Design proposes a more flexible approach to single-aisle cabin configurations

Expert opinion

Emery & Craver

Two ex-Boeing cabin experts, Blake Emery and Kent Craver, suggest how the airline industry can raise passenger satisfaction post-pandemic, beyond hygiene factors

Ingo Wuggetzer

Ingo Wuggetzer, VP of cabin marketing at Airbus, ponders the fundamental changes facing the passenger experience

Fernando Ponzo

Fernando Ponzo, an aircraft mechanical engineer with extensive experience at Embraer, suggests a combination of solutions for a Covid-safe cabin

Industry innovation

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• AVIC Cabin Systems

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• True Blue Power

•  IWG

• Lantal

• Signature Plating

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About Author


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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