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Editorial comment – March 2015

As you will see from several articles in this issue, we held a very successful Aircraft Cabin Maintenance Conference in December. We are now planning on following this with the Cabin Refurbishment & Repair Conference on 1 June at the Radisson Blu Edwardian at London Heathrow
 

As you will see from several articles in this issue, we held a very successful Aircraft Cabin Maintenance Conference in December. We are now planning on following this with the Cabin Refurbishment & Repair Conference on 1 June at the Radisson Blu Edwardian at London Heathrow.

 

This is in response to the obvious fact that, with next generation aircraft like the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 coming into service, major carriers have been pushing the limits on design, materials and technology in their new cabins. Many more airlines are beginning to realise that this can be an important market differentiator and now want to upgrade their interiors as well to avoid being left behind. As they command smaller budgets, they will have to be clever and find ways to do this are as efficient and economical as possible. Others want to take advantage of new developments to increase passenger living space and comfort, usually combined with an increase in the number of seats to pay for the improvements. In day-to-day service, there is also a need to keep the passenger environment looking good for longer, raising the challenge of aesthetics versus durability.

 

An excellent example of the trend is the recent purchase of the STG Aerospace liTeMood retrofit LED lighting system by Copa Airlines in Panama. Much of the airline’s Boeing 737NG fleet is fitted with the Boeing Sky Interior and liTeMood will harmonise the look and feel of cabin interiors of 737-800s currently fitted with fluorescent lighting.

 

As the airlines will need to buy the equipment and have it installed, all of this means good business opportunities for manufacturers and suppliers, as well as the MRO facilities. Indeed, the number of hangar visits for purely cosmetic reasons looks set to rise dramatically.

 

If you think your company can contribute, please get in touch with me – we already have interest from Airbase Interiors, HAECO Cabin Solutions, STAG Group and, yes, STG Aerospace.

 

Of course, we will publish a review of the conference afterwards but the best solution is to come along and see for yourself. To book your place, visit: www.cabinrefurbandrepair.com

 


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