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.
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
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
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
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
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
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…
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