April was all about fresh aircraft interiors trends. Well, maybe not so fresh. There were a lot of recurring themes at the show this year: ongoing improvements to Inflight Entertainment and to Inflight Connectivity (read Wi-Fi access), as well as a definite push for greater cabin density. Passengers may not be so amused by the extra seats, but airlines are betting we will be amused enough by inflight movies and tweeting pictures of our inflight meals from the plane that we won’t notice the crunch so much. They could be onto something.
The reality is that there will be more than twice as many of us flying by 2034 and, while aviation infrastructure plans upgrades which will allow for more flights and airlines are buying new aircraft, there are limits to how many aircraft the skies can take and how many flights can take off at any time. This is the business case for airlines putting more seats on airplanes large and small. Well, that and increasing profit margins, obviously.
The ongoing Open Skies debate in the U.S. with the Big 3 U.S. carriers challenging the Big 3 Gulf Carriers is either getting very exciting or just dreadfully boring. I can’t decide.
We also saw some cool technology innovations from airlines and we’d like to see more of that. Like, check this out:
Back in the day, we made all our promotional products in-house from handbags and duffle bags made from aircraft seats to totes made from life jackets. Now it’s fashionable–which is great for the planet.