August 2021 issue: Scott Kirby, IFEC and cabin innovation


Welcome to the August 2021 issue of Aircraft Interiors International, a must-read for professionals in the cabin, IFEC and passenger experience sectors. Our cover star is Scott Kirby, CEO of United Airlines, who discusses aviation’s recovery, with other topics in this issue ranging from IFEC investment, to cabin innovations, to the changing demands and capabilities of narrowbody cabins. The August issue is essential reading for everyone in the airline and aviation sectors looking for new ways to accelerate recovery.

You can enjoy the magazine on our new digital magazine platform, optimised to be user-friendly on any device, with several viewing options, a useful search function and bonus content.


Interview: Scott Kirby

United Airlines has caught the industry’s attention, with a purchase agreement for 270 new aircraft, an ambitious narrowbody retrofit programme, and orders for supersonic airliners. Aircraft Interiors International spoke to CEO Scott Kirby, to find out his views on the industry, its recovery, and what is driving United’s confidence in post-pandemic travel

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Narrowbody innovation

The potential of the A321neo, A321LR and A321XLR long-range narrowbodies has only grown in importance during the pandemic. John Walton spoke to Airbus’s head of aircraft interiors marketing, Anaïs Marzo, to discover the developing trends for the single-aisle sector, from widebody comfort goals, to BFE options and flexible cabins, to the tricky ‘middle cabin’ proposition

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Interview: Patrick Brannelly

Can IFEC help airlines recover their customers as the industry adjusts to a new post-Covid market reality? Marisa Garcia asked Patrick Brannelly, Emirates’ VP of customer experience and head of IFEC, to share his views on how inflight entertainment can help airlines get healthy again

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Future-proof IFEC

Passengers’ needs and expectations of IFEC systems are changing fast. Airlines must navigate technical and interoperability challenges to meet these needs, and at a time when they are watching every dollar of expenditure. Seth Miller explores how airlines can future-proof their IFEC investments for a decade or more of passenger satisfaction

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Innovation Showcase

The aircraft interiors sector has proved its agility, ingenuity, resilience and resourcefulness during the pandemic crisis. From hygiene to cost savings, luxury ideas to low-cost solutions, the response has been impressive. Explore the latest cabin innovations that can help drive rapid industry recovery

AIX Virtual Preview

The physical event for Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) may have been cancelled for 2021, but the show must go on. An online version – AIX Virtual – will take place from 14-16 September, reconnecting the global cabin interiors and onboard services community at a critical time to accelerate the industry’s recovery. Here’s what attendees can look forward to…

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Aircraft Interiors Data Alliance

A partnership between APEX and CAPA is striving to gather and distribute data that will give airlines a better understanding of the post-pandemic outlook for aircraft interiors

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Column: Corinne Streichert

Corinne, a cabin and IFEC expert, explains the importance of ensuring that new inflight products and services maintain a consistent experience across a fleet, feeling like a logical, effortless continuation of the brand experience


Column: Joe Leader

The APEX/IFSA CEO discusses the new APEX Five Star Airlines standard, which focuses on the priorities that resonate most with passengers: safety, sustainability and service

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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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