Kirkland, WA | May 14, 2018– Innov8 Cabin Solutions (Innov8), a supplier of affordable and flexible cabin upgrade products, and Aero-Dienst, one of the leading full-service providers in European business aviation, announced today that they have entered into an Agreement naming Aero-Dienst as the launch Dealer in Europe for the debut of Innov8’s CABINFLEX (“CFLEX”) Products including its SIMPLICITY, COMMAND and CAST cabin control and entertainment product solutions.

Innov8’s CFLEX Products offer the business aviation sector robust, affordable cabin management and entertainment upgrade solutions that provide customers an exceptional experience in their current aircraft that exceeds current aircraft cabin systems. This is accomplished through adaptable products that address obsolescence issues with existing cabin entertainment and control systems while enabling the latest consumer electronic technologies through state of the art interface, control and communication solutions. Ultimately, these solutions provide an immediate and economical path to a “wireless” cabin entertainment and control for existing business aviation aircraft. All the CFLEX product lines can be installed independently, incrementally or as a full suite depending on the customer budget, timing and needs. The intelligent design of these solutions reduces woodwork, eases installation, and provides customers options to retain the functionality of their existing cabin products as they step their way through an upgrade path.

“Aero-Dienst was the ideal partner for our expansion into Europe given their technical capabilities, platform breadth and confidence to work with us on a much-needed solution for their customers. Our CFLEX products offers immediate and affordable upgrade options that can be accomplished in a way that truly differentiates these solutions versus traditional full cabin systems,’ said Jason Danforth, Business Development Leader for Innov8.

“In order to provide our customers with even better and innovative solutions and opportunities, we expanded our supplier network by gaining Innov8 as a new partner”, says André Ebach, Head of Maintenance at Aero-Dienst, Nuremberg.

Aircraft Interiors Expo, Hamburg | April 10, 2018– STG Aerospace is delighted to simultaneously announce the launch of the latest version of their liTeMood® LED lighting system for Airbus A320 and A330 aircraft, along with the first 2 launch customers – Small Planet Airlines and XL Airways France who will upgrade their A320/A321 and A330 fleets later this month respectively.

The dynamic and configurable full colour, plug-and-play, programmable retrofit lighting solution sets the scene in an instant and can be customised to any scene or scenario, helping create a unique experience that passengers won’t want to forget.

Marcus Williams, Director of Global Sales at STG Aerospace, highlighted: “Our liTeMood® retrofit LED system has revolutionised the way airlines with Boeing 737 and 757 aircraft can accomplish a LED lighting upgrade since 2014.  We are now delighted to announce the availability of our next-generation system for the Airbus A320FAM, A330 and A340 fleets along with the first 2 of our launch customers, and for the first time offering a full colour, fully programmable solution.”

An extension of the proven feel and performance of STG Aerospace’s liTeMood®, the unique Airbus system offers fully customisable, animated scenes that can change post installation in just minutes via a patented infrared wand. As well as the choice of selection from over 16 million colours, the system offers the ability to incorporate bespoke scenes, from northern lights to sunrise and sunsets to more unique settings to celebrate national holidays.

Mr Kristijonas Kaikaris, the CEO of Small Planet Airlines, commented: “As an airline we strive to offer a world of infinite possibilities and improvements. By installing this system on our A320 aircraft it will assist us in our mission of delivering that world and help us personalise the way we interact with our passengers.”

Mr Fachinetti, Vice-President of Maintenance and Engineering at XL Airways France, added: “The latest innovation from liTeMood® allows us to create individual mood lighting scenarios to foster well-being for passengers through every phase of the flight, we’re delighted to be one of the first customers to offer this major enhancement to the passenger experience.”

Available for retrofit on single and twin aisle Airbus aircraft, the cost-effective power saving system works with both classic and enhanced CIDS, installed in under 6 hours (A320) and requires no changes to aircraft wiring or control systems.

Aircraft Interiors Expo, Hamburg | April 11, 2018– STG Aerospace is delighted to announce that it has been selected as the supplier for the photoluminescent emergency floor path marking system across Alaska Airlines’ Boeing and Airbus fleets, as the airline begins to streamline the cabins of its Virgin America fleet.

Alaska Airlines will install STG Aerospace’s next-generation saf-Tglo® SSUL photoluminescent emergency escape path marking system (EEPMS) on 116 aircraft across its retrofitted and new Boeing 737-700, MAX9 and Airbus A320 Family fleets – making it one of the largest multi-platform programmes ever awarded.

The retrofit programme, which is due to commence in late 2018, will see Alaska Airlines upgrade the photoluminescent EEPMS system in their Boeing and Airbus fleets to the latest saf-Tglo® SSUL design, which is the lightest, narrowest and most discrete photoluminescent solution available. Alaska Airlines will also replace the electrical emergency lighting system in the Airbus fleet, a change expected to realise significant operational cost savings due to the high reliability and fail-safe nature of saf-Tglo®.

Commenting on the recent contract award, Warren Hamilton, Director of Cabin Products and Interiors at Alaska Airlines, said: “STG Aerospace has been an exceptional supplier over many years, and their saf-Tglo® system has a proven track record of both robustness and reliability. This made the decision to integrate the system as part of the retrofit programme a natural one. Aesthetically, the system will assist us in unifying cabin appearance across the new combined Boeing and Airbus fleets, but more importantly it will assist us in keeping our guests and crew safe when they’re in our care.”

Marcus Williams, Director of Global Sales at STG Aerospace added: “We are always delighted when a long term customer chooses us for their latest cabin upgrade programme, as it means we are doing something right. In this case it is even more special because Alaska Airlines has trusted us to be part of their new brand following the integration of the Virgin America fleet. We are looking forward to beginning the installations next year and upgrading the entire fleet with our latest next-generation photoluminescent system.”

saf-Tglo® is available in 300 daytime colour options, and two glow colours, enabling airlines to align their corporate branding without compromising safety. Installed on 11,000 aircraft world-wide, saf-Tglo® is the highest performing and most discrete photoluminescent floor path marking system available on the market.

Well, AIX 2018 is finally upon us and the next 4 days promise to be an innovative rich and technology filled environment. Lets get started with a few pre-show news highlights.


Astronics

Astronics Corporation announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems (AES), has been selected by multiple Asia-Pacific airlines to install the EmPower in-seat power and flight deck power systems. Several major airlines in Asia will install the EmPower systems from 2018 to 2025, including two Chinese low-cost carriers. These recent awards will place in-seat power within 500 additional narrow-body aircraft serving the Asia-Pacific region. The installations are scheduled on both Boeing and Airbus aircraft.


Panasonic Avionics

Interested in the latest technological developments from Panasonic at this year’s AIX Hamburg? You can find out about Panasonic’s show offering here


Rockwell Collins

The Crystal Cabin Award recognizes excellence in aircraft interior innovation—the only international award of its kind. It’s a unique honor and this year, Rockwell Collins is a finalist in four categories: Visionary Concepts, Cabin Systems, Material & Components and Passenger Comfort Hardware. The category winners will be announced on Apr. 10, 2018, at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany. The following aircraft interior solutions from Rockwell Collins are finalists:

Universal Passenger Seat interface (UPSi)

The cost to certify seats with differing advanced actuation and data sensing can be in the tens of millions of dollars in many sectors of transportation. The UPSi is a solution for autonomous transportation that transcends industries and provides a universal, standard seat interface applicable to aircraft, vehicles and trains. This Visionary Concept finalist aims to slash development costs and create synergies across the autonomous transportation industry.

Silhouette MOVE: A revolutionary cabin divider for all aircraft platforms, this Cabin Systems category finalist takes advantage of unused space between the divider and the seat in front of it. Bulkhead seated passengers get an additional one cubic foot of space, giving them more space to stretch their legs and place carry-on items.

Secant Luminous Panel: A finalist in the Materials & Components category, this micro LED lighting display is incorporated into the interior body and ceiling panels of the aircraft using flexible printed circuit boards. This solution enables airlines to adjust the lighting to improve sleep and the cabin’s appearance, and it provides the opportunity for airlines to uniquely brand their aircraft.

Valkyrie Bed:This is a new solution to an old problem—how to make a seat into a comfortable place to sleep. A Passenger Comfort Hardware finalist, business-class passengers get a more luxurious experience with a comfortable seat to work, eat and lounge. And when it is time to sleep, the seat folds away and a full-size mattress emerges from the console.

For more information about this year’s Crystal Cabin Award finalists, visit this site


SkyLights/Emirates

The airline is providing an immersive cinematic experience in its lounges in Dubai International Airport by providing Skylights theater headsets (See above) to customers. The headsets are being trialed in the Business Class lounge in Concourse B for the month of April and in the First Class lounge in concourse B in May. The introduction of these innovative new headsets is part of Emirates’ continued commitment to improve the customer experience both on the ground and in flight. Offering a fixed-screen with a wide-angle field of view for 3D and 2D content, each Skylight theater headset weighs only 120g and offers a Full HD viewing experience. Its in-built sound and video allow customers to fully immerse themselves in what they are watching. The service is complimentary and Emirates plans to roll out the experience across all its lounges in Dubai if the trial is well received.

Dubai International Airport is home to seven Emirates lounges spread over three concourses – A, B and C. In each of the concourses there is a dedicated Emirates First Class and Business Class lounge. Entry is complimentary for those traveling in Business or First Class as well as Emirates Skywards Silver, Gold and Platinum members. Emirates Skywards Blue members can visit the lounge for a fee. Emirates has the largest network of airport lounges worldwide. In addition to the seven in Dubai, there are 34 other dedicated Emirates Lounges in major airports across the globe.

SkyLights/Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways has started trialing SkyLights Aero Virtual Reality (VR) entertainment technology at its flagship First Class Lounge and Spa and Business Class Premium Lounge, at Abu Dhabi International Airport’s Terminal 3. The aim of the month-long trial is to gather customer feedback to determine the airline’s future lounge entertainment offering at Abu Dhabi’s state-of-the-art Midfield Terminal. The SkyLights ALLOSKY VR headsets deliver an immersive, HD resolution, cinematic experience in 2D and 3D, featuring intuitive technology for ease of use and noise cancelling headphones. Each set has a battery life of over six hours which allows for uninterrupted enjoyment from a catalogue of recent blockbuster movies, selected 360° short films, TV series, documentaries and children’s programming. Throughout the trial, Etihad staff will assist interested guests at dedicated areas within both lounges. Each session will end with a short manual questionnaire.


PXCom

With the rapid growth of w-IFE solutions, the IFE/C industry has rapidly moved to the digital era. Now, even the seatback screens provide personal-device-like experience and beyond the legacy video & audio sections, all the other IFE sections can be significantly revamped to deliver a full digital experience, including engagement, personalization, and many other exciting features.

Meals Menus, Corporate Content & Destination Section – These are the three pillars – the initial use cases of PXCom’s end-to-end solution. “All the digital sections that we create intend to elevate the onboard experience by providing passengers with compelling content and to generate additional revenues for our airlines customers”, says Cyril JEAN, PXCom’s CEO. “For example, the interactive meals menu section can display the right content according to the seat class and route and encompass buy-on-board snacking options, as well as the ‘click and deliver’ features. As an example, an airline that intends to treat its premium passengers with a hand-picked wines & champagnes selection can offer to have their guests’ selection delivered directly to their home.” Since PXCom is a French company filled with wine and foodie lovers, they have absolutely no choice but to provide only THE VERY BEST of food and beverage highlights!

XPlore by PXCom, the sponsored inflight microsite factory –  PXCom’s technical wizards have extended XPlore by PXCom’s capabilities to enable brands and their media agencies to create their inflight microsites in full autonomy. As a result, they can deliver a customized digital inflight experience regardless of the type of IFE/C platform available onboard. Thanks to PXCom’s partnerships with most of IFE manufacturers (both seatback, w- IFE and IFC) those microsites are automatically uploaded during the airline’s media content update slot and are seamlessly integrated into the GUI. “We have been setting up XPlore’s sponsored inflight microsites on behalf of various customers now. The creation of the microsite is self-explanatory and very easy, thanks to the PXCom solution.”, states Christian SZABO, CEO of LASKER a major Cross Media Agency in Europe. “The integration of the microsite within the destination guide section offers advertisers the possibility for destination targeting in the IFE. By adding transaction-related elements, like downloadable voucher codes, advertisers are able 

LATECOERE, the world leading provider of Airborne Entertainment Cameras has selected PXCom to enrich its live external camera which streams high quality video from the aircraft exterior to passengers’ seatback screens using landscape camera technology. This move ensures a truly innovative way to boost the live camera experience!

Live contextual movement information in-flight  – Thanks to PXCom’s technology, passengers can now enjoy a multitude of points of interest related to places they pass by in the air. In real time, a short description that includes HD pictures and text is added to the live video stream that comes from LATECOERE’s landscape cameras. The new generation cameras provide 360° video streaming which is enhanced with software applications such as augmented reality prove to be really exciting for airline passengers.

Ancillary generator –  It goes without saying – as it’s the case with all PXCom’s solutions – airlines will be able to integrate advertising spaces which will be automatically filled with partners’ brands advertising material. Airlines’ media sales agencies can access PXCom’s back office to upload their campaigns and have them rolled out during the flight. LATECOERE’s vision is to maximize the added value provided to all Airborne Video Systems users and to boost ancillary revenue generation for its airline clients. The rational is to bring further investment into passengers’ inflight experience.

Live demonstration at the LATECOERE’s stand  – This exciting new inflight entertainment feature can be tested by all interested parties during AIX Hamburg 2018 at the LATECOERE’s stand #2E30. For further information on PXCom’s range of IFE solutions, we invite you to visit #3C30A during AIX Hamburg 2018.


Other Stuff

  • We asked Geoff Underwood, CEO at IFPL to tell us a little bit about what they will be showing at AIX and he told IFExpress: “As your IFExpress readers know, IFPL leads the way when it comes to designing power outlets.  With new consumer devices adopting USB-C as standard, IFPL will demonstrate how airlines can easily transition from USB Type-A to USB Type-C. As always, IFPL’s established range of audio and IFEC solutions will be on display and the expert team from IFPL will be on hand to discuss any requirements that your readers or visitors to AIX 2018 may have”.  Thanks Geoff!
  • On Friday Boeing posted on their website that American Airlines has ordered 47 Boeing 787 Dreamliners with options to purchase 28 more of the long-haul jets. However, over the weekend Boeing has removed the news  from their site. Check out this article for the full story.
  • We love it when someone gets ahead of the crowd – and this time it is Rick Lundstrom, Editor-in-Chief, PAX International – and he did it by putting out the Aircraft Interiors Expo Hamburg issue, before the show. Its a winner and here it is – PAX International AIX March/April 2018 by Global Marketing Company Ltd – Issuu
  • Want to know if you have been hacked? Read through this story on the global future of Blockchain markets – Global blockchain market size is expected to reach $13.96 billion by 2022 | Technology Startups News | Tech News

Plaisir, France | April 6, 2018–

Zodiac Seats is constantly looking for new solutions to adapt to the demanding market of air transport, to support airline strategies and to improve the passenger experience. Zodiac Seats is able to quickly suit evolving passenger needs, technology trends and airlines emerging new business models.

At the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2018, Zodiac Seats will show its wide and efficient product line – from the super lightweight Z200, to the highly sophisticated Singapore Airlines A380 First Class Suite designed by Pierrejean Design Studio and manufactured by Zodiac Seats – demonstrating Zodiac Aerospace’s expertise on several classes.

Innovation has always been part of our DNA and new products will be unveiled as well as a brand new immersive experience.

This year, Zodiac Seats will exhibit among others the below seat innovations:

Z200: For the first time, Zodiac Seats will present its new
economy seat for short & medium-haul flights. Available in two different versions, one simple and super lightweight, another fully featured and distinctive, this seat offers more possibilities to narrow body operators. Lighter than the previous generation, it also provides minimum of 1.5” of additional legroom, a greatly improved living space from 28” pitch. Z200 seat platform is therefore the perfect choice for comfort and efficiency.

Z400: Zodiac Seats is pleased to announce its new long range
economy seat, already presented during AIX 2017, has passed all certification tests required for TSO authorization and is awaiting the FAA TSO. This is a major milestone which encapsulates the most critical cases across all Boeing & Airbus platforms and paves the way for a product entry into service on the 777X in 2019. Z400, enabling the lowest lightweight for its class, offers an enhanced visual comfort and individual
passenger modules tailored to airlines preferences: from simple one piece table, to bi-fold with upper literature pocket or one piece table with a range of options satisfying the most demanding tech savvy passengers, all integrated in a seat developed with a strong focus on passenger comfort and seat reliability. Z400 is the ultimate choice for the long haul operations.

Skylounge Core: Latest re-designed staggered super business class seat optimized for A330 and 787 aircraft that focuses on offering class leading features with maximum cabin efficiency. The innovative product architecture enables airlines to offer the best possible experience to passengers whilst also customizing elements that reflect their branding and unique identity through a multiple choice of options. This next generation modular platform offers a reliable and pre-certified risk free solution with quality at its core.

Doors concepts for Business Class seats: As Business Class passengers always look for more privacy and coziness, Zodiac seats developed two new concepts to address this important challenge: a single conventional door showed on the Cirrus Suite concept and one flexible privacy screen exhibited on the Skylounge Suite concept. On one hand, a door designed with a new security system and on the other hand, an alternative flexible solution fulfilling the same privative function but offering more living space, more customization options and a weight & cost significantly reduced. With these concepts, industrial designers found the perfect optimization with seats design, positioning Zodiac Seats ahead of the competition in this segment.

The visitors will also have the possibility to experience an immersive experience in virtual reality and be able to walk into Economy, Business and First Class cabins, to sit physically and virtually on seats. It will allow the visitor to see a full cabin and to evaluate the passenger experience.

For two years, the Zodiac Seats design team, including more than twenty industrial designers around the world, has worked intensively on style and perceived quality process and its execution embedding clean and crisp finishes and alignment. This attention to details raising the bar on premiumness of our products and providing a distinctive experience.

Zodiac Seats is also proud to announce that its EcoZlounge concept has been chosen as a finalist for the Crystal Cabin Award 2018, in the “Passenger Comfort Hardware” category. Moreover, we would like to congratulate Singapore Airlines, finalist in the “Cabin Concept” category for their A380 First Class Suites designed by Pierrejean Design Studio and manufactured by Zodiac Seats.

Meet us at Zodiac Aerospace booth 7B40 at the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2018 in Hamburg!

United Kingdom | October 31, 2017–India’s third largest airline, SpiceJet, has partnered with STG Aerospace in a cabin lighting retrofit programme which will see the airline upgrade its fleet of 737-700 / -800 / -900 with LED aftermarket ambient lighting solution, liTeMood®

This is the first major retrofit win for STG Aerospace in the Asia Pacific region and the largest lighting retrofit contract that the company has been awarded. Selected on STG Aerospace’s ability to quickly deliver the programme in line with the airlines busy maintenance schedule, combined with the simplicity of installation, together made STG Aerospace the number one supplier for the large retrofit cabin lighting contract.

“It has always been our endeavour to provide the best in-flight experience to our passengers. We are extremely happy with STG Aerospace’s ability to meet our tight timescales” said Arun Kashyap, Executive Vice President (Engineering), SpiceJet. “We are looking forward to enhancing the passenger flying experience on our aircraft and harmonise the look and feel of our cabin interiors of our existing fleet to achieve impactful brand differentiation and fleet commonality”.

A customer of saf-Tglo® since 2005 SpiceJet will now combine both liTeMood® and saf-Tglo® systems to provide a total cabin lighting system that complements each other, resulting in satisfied passengers, increased wellbeing and reduced stress during the flight.

Marcus Williams, Global Sales & Marketing Director, added: “We’re delighted to be helping SpiceJet in their mission to become India’s preferred low-cost airline.  This contract highlights the growing demand for STG Aerospace’s cabin lighting products from Indian carriers. Undoubtedly, SpiceJet’s decision to install our liTeMood® LED lighting system will help us to take full advantage of the rapidly growing retrofit market in India.”

liTeMood® has become the undisputed cabin mood lighting system of choice for operators of narrow-body Boeing fleets and is already delivering significant cabin transformations for numerous airlines in Europe, USA, Latin America and most recently Asia.

AIX Hamburg, Germany | April 4, 2017– Aircraft cabin lighting specialist, STG Aerospace is delighted to announce that Romania’s largest airline Blue Air and leading charter carrier Titan Airways are the first airlines to install their revolutionary square-beam liTeMood® LED Reading Lights on their B737NG and B757 aircraft respectively. STG Aerospace has also secured EASA certification for both aircraft types.

The liTeMood® LED Reading Light, an APEX 2016 awards finalist in the ‘Best Passenger Comfort’ category, is a quick-to-install drop-in replacement for the standard incandescent reading lights installed on B737NG and many B757 aircraft.

Featuring patented photometric technology, liTeMood® LED Reading Lights create a more restful, private space with a greater sense of personal control by introducing a unique square-light beam in place of the traditional circular beam. This square-beam distributes light precisely and evenly across the seat and tray table, improving visibility and eliminating hot spots and light spill to neighbouring passengers. Meanwhile the high CRI (Colour Rendering Index) and high R9 (High Quality Red pigment) means not only is magazine text more readable but that inflight meals appear more enticing and on-board merchandise more attractive for purchase. It also dramatically reduces the glare on tray tables, eBooks and tablets, working for all passenger types. Operational benefits include a dramatic improvement in reliability, by over 10 times, and simple installation meaning a complete aircraft can be fitted out in just a few hours.

With thousands of passengers on-board Titan Airways and Blue Air aircraft benefiting from their new reading experience from liTeMood®, and further airline installations scheduled for this year, the enhancements in passenger comfort of this simple upgrade are obvious.

Alastair Wilson, Director, Titan Airways, commented: “At Titan Airways we strive to give all of our passengers a premium experience. Lighting is an important way we do this. After retrofitting 757’s with liTeMood® mood lighting last year, the decision to upgrade our reading lighting was an obvious one. This simple, same-day installation will provide years of benefits to our VIP passengers all across the globe.”

Aurelian Bobei, CAMO Director, Blue Air, commented: “We’re excited to offer our B737NG passengers the very latest reading light technology from STG Aerospace, the operational benefits of this product were immediately visible to each of us, and can now guarantee a fully new, highly reliable reading light to our passengers on-board.”

Marcus Williams, Global Sales and Marketing Director for STG Aerospace added: “We’re delighted that Titan Airways and Blue Air have chosen our new liTeMood® LED Reading Light. We all want increased privacy and comfort during our flights, and our new reading light will offer passengers with Blue Air and Titan new levels of this, as well as providing an enhanced reading and working environment.”

EBACE 2016 Geneva, Switzerland | May 24, 2016– Acropolis Aviation, one of Europe’s leading luxury air charter companies, announced that the cabin of its new Airbus ACJ320neo will be designed by Alberto Pinto Design, based in France. The first renderings, which show optimum use of the aircraft’s spacious and cutting edge cabin, will be available for viewing at Acropolis’ Booth No I089 during EBACE this week (24th-26th May).

“We are delighted to have been chosen by Acropolis to work on their new ACJ320neo and have the opportunity to create something really exceptional,” said Mrs Linda Pinto. Acropolis’ current ACJ319, which entered service in 2010, has become a showcase for Alberto Pinto’s creative talents in aircraft interior design. The project will be the responsibility of Pinto’s Yves Pickardt who also styled G-NOAH.

“Selecting Alberto Pinto Designs was a natural choice for us, said Acropolis CEO Jonathan Bousfield. Our current, versatile cabin caters for a diverse range of travellers, including Heads of State, HNWIs, corporate and leisure clients. Choosing a design that reflects an evolution of our highly popular cabin will help us remain market leading.”

Acropolis’ new aircraft will have 19 seats, a private master bedroom with luxury en-suite, and a larger galley fitted out like a real kitchen to cater for its clients’ wishes.

“We continue to receive positive feedback from clients flying G-NOAH. The care and attention taken on designing this exceptional and ergonomic cabin means it is as stylish today as it was in 2010 and this is the reason we re-engaged Alberto Pinto Design,” said Jonathan. Together the companies will now meet with cabin outfitters and evaluate which will be engaged to make the design a reality.

Hamburg, Germany | April 6, 2016– Eastern Air Lines, the iconic brand that was synonymous with air travel in the last century, is back in the air, flying with STG Aerospace’s LED mood lighting system, liTeMood® on it’s 737NG aircraft.

The re-born carrier, which is based alongside STG Aerospace at Miami International Airport, has been operating twice-daily flights between Miami and Havana since May 2015 and has other Latin American destinations on the horizon.

Becoming the latest airline to install the FAA and EASA approved LED mood lighting system, Eastern Air Lines selected liTeMood® on the basis of its capability to improve the passenger experience through the on-board quality and consistency of light. With its unique, patented wireless programmability function, lighting levels can be easily tailored to create the exact aesthetic ambience that the aircraft’s operators require.

The installation took place during an interior upgrade, using all the existing wiring, mounting points and connectors, making it a true plug-and-play system. CEO of Eastern Air Lines, Ed Wegel, commented:
“Everything that STG Aerospace said about the simplicity of installing liTeMood® LED mood lighting proved to be 100% accurate. STG Aerospace has enabled us to offer our passengers the best cabin ambience experience.”

In addition to improving the overall comfort within the cabin, liTeMood® offers up to a 40kg weight reduction and a further 70% reduction in power consumption, significantly increasing both the fuel efficiency and electrical efficiency on aircraft. STG Aerospace’s liTeMood® is more reliable than original-fit fluorescent lighting systems, and reduces ongoing maintenance and operational costs.

While STG’s team stood by to support the carrier’s first installation, Eastern Air Lines was successful installing the system on their own, which is a testament to the ease of installation. Marcus Williams, Director of Sales for STG Aerospace added:
“It is fantastic to be working with such a legacy carrier. The Eastern Air Lines installation is another example of just how quickly and easily liTeMood® can be installed, requiring no aircraft modification. STG Aerospace’s cabin lighting systems improve the passenger ambience by creating a better defined and more comfortable passenger environment. STG Aerospace has an enviable track record of innovation and bringing simple, practical, cost effective cabin lighting solutions to market which make a genuine difference to our airline customers and ultimately their passengers.”

Complementing its liTeMood® LED mood lighting system, STG Aerospace offers a range of liTeMood® LED ancillary lighting solutions which work together to create a uniformity of colour throughout the aircraft cabin.

  • AeroGlass Panel Mirror: lighter than ever, effortless installation
  • AeroGlass Lighting Mirror: innovative translucent effect

NBAA, Las Vegas | November 16, 2015– AviationGlass & Technology, a Dutch company specialized in the research, development and production of glass products for the aviation industry, today announced that it has launched two new products: AeroGlass Panel Mirror and AeroGlass Lighting Mirror.

The AeroGlass Panel Mirror is chemically tempered with a composite backing stacked on honeycomb. It is designed to minimize installation time to just minutes as well as to reduce weight by up to 22% compared to polycarbonate/plastic alternatives set on honeycomb. The lightweight mirror mounted on honeycomb combined with the use of VELCRO strips, instead of glue, enables easy and fast installation. AeroGlass’ high level of durability also greatly reduces the cost of ownership while offering passengers superior optical quality through crystal clear reflections.

The AeroGlass Lighting Mirror is the world’s first ever lightweight mirror for aircraft interiors with a translucent coating, that when combined with lighting components, provides an enhanced reflection quality compared to polycarbonate equivalents.

Both AeroGlass Panel Mirror and AeroGlass Lighting Mirror have passed all required burn and impact tests as well as thermal shock and pencil hardness tests. All patented AeroGlass products create the ultimate on-board experience inside business and commercial aircraft by providing superior optical quality and crystal-clear views.

John Rietveldt, AviationGlass & Technology’s CEO, said, “Unpack and place! Installation of our highly robust, yet lighter than ever, AeroGlass Panel Mirror is as easy as that, taking just minutes to complete and eliminating the need for glue. Upgrading aircraft with AeroGlass Mirrors is faster than ever and also supports the aviation industry’s drive to improve eco-efficiency.

Great lighting integrated with crystal clear reflections is a powerful combination which can play a big role in enhancing the design of business jets and commercial aircraft, as well as adding to the emotional comfort of passengers. Our new AeroGlass Lighting Mirror uses a unique, innovative technique that delivers a translucent effect enabling light beams to be reflected through the mirror itself. Passengers and aircraft owners will definitely ‘see the difference’!”

Airbus underlines its position as leader in cabin innovation and efficiency driver at this year’s Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg. Focusing on the importance of cabin efficiency, one lever of its overall cabin philosophy: “Passenger at heart, airline in mind”, the corresponding advantages and benefits of the A320 Family, A330/A340 Family, A350 and A380 are displayed. In addition, initiatives to drive greater efficiency from current and future cabins are presented.

The A320 Family Enhanced Cabin, offering better luggage stowage and a quieter cabin packaged with a more modern look and feel, has already been delivered in more than 650 aircraft, since its launch at the beginning of 2007. Moreover, the Enhanced Cabin is now also available as a weight-reducing retrofit for in-service aircraft.

The A350 XWB, Airbus’ newest product, with entry into service in 2013, will set new standards in cabin efficiency and passenger comfort. To this end, this year’s display will focus on the modular design of the cabin platform, offering a full range of cabin designs while enhancing aircraft value.

For the A380, Airbus will illustrate the popularity of the aircraft with special focus of the cabin. Experienced already by more than a million passengers worldwide after starting service end of 2007, the A380 is proving to be tremendously popular, attracting higher load factors and higher yields. Passengers and crews have been delighted by the innovative cabin, its quietness, comfort and service as well as operational efficiency.

The Airbus Upgrade Services team will be present on the stand to advise airlines how to further enhance in-service aircraft cabins by integrating latest technologies and providing innovative engineering solutions for all Airbus product families.

An update on SPICE (SPace Innovative Catering Equipment) will complete the Airbus presence. SPICE is an Airbus-driven initiative for a new galley concept, which benefits all stakeholders by reducing weight, increasing revenue space whilst improving ergonomics and designing for future food hygiene and recycling requirements.

The Airbus stand is located in Hall B7, 7D20.