April 2015

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:
Virgin Australia Sydney Lounge Google Street View
Virgin Australia Sydney Lounge Google Street View

Virgin Australia Brings Google Street View to Its Sydney Airport Lounge, Skift

SAS Aircraft Google Street View
SAS Aircraft Google Street View

Google Street View Comes to Planes With SAS’s Interactive Tours, Skift

New Inflight Entertainment System May Make It Harder for Airlines to Bore Us, Skift

Be Prepared for Tech to Fail Says Virgin Atlantic’s Brand Director, Skift

This one is good for a laugh:

The 19 Passenger Types You’ll Meet on Your Next Flight, Skift

Delta Reassures Pet Owners Using Technology, APEX Digital

Emirates CEO Calls U.S. Airlines’ Open Skies Arguments ‘Fallacious’ and ‘Malicious’, Skift

It’s great to see that all the aircraft interiors design know-how goes to making the workplace more pleasant for flight attendants too.

Zodiac Crew Rest Area/Zodiac Aerospace
Zodiac Crew Rest Area/Zodiac Aerospace

This First-Class Crew Rest Area Will Give You Cabin-Envy, Skift

Airlines Get Comfortable with the Cloud, APEX Digital

Global Passengers More Willing to Pay for In-Flight Wi-Fi Than U.S. Flyers, Skift

The Seat That Offers a New Hope For Airlines in the Aircraft Space Wars, Skift

And in Premium seating this was an exciting development:

Zodiac Aerospace FUSIO Business Class Seat/Zodiac Aerospace
Zodiac Aerospace FUSIO Business Class Seat/Zodiac Aerospace

The Seat That Erases the Line Between Business Class and First Class, Skift

AvGeeks and SciFi Geeks united in celebrating this awesome livery:

ANA R2-D2 Livery/All Nippon Airways
ANA R2-D2 Livery/All Nippon Airways

Star Wars Comes to ANA With R2-D2-Themed Dreamliner, Skift

And this is an idea whose time is long overdue.

Thompson Cozy Suite/FCMedia
Thompson Cozy Suite/FCMedia

The Economy Seat Concept That Will Have Passengers Booking the Middle Seat, Skift

This Eco-Friendly Airplane Window Shade Could Be Your Smartphone’s New Best Friend, Skift

The Airline Toilet That Is Set to Revolutionize In-Flight Relief, Skift

Philippe Starck Creates the Ultimate Inflight Objects of Desire, Skift

Mohegan Sun and Incheon Airport To Collaborate on Unique Gaming Resort, Skift

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.

We've got this in the bag!/JetBlue
We’ve got this in the bag!/JetBlue

Earth-Friendly Fashion: JetBlue’s Old Uniforms Find New Life as Swanky Bags, APEX Digital

Big Three U.S. Airlines Release Document Cache in Open Skies Debate, Skift

New Adjustable Economy Seat Concept Makes Room for One and All, Skift

A Peek Inside the Four Seasons Private Jet, and It’s Glorious, But…, Skift

Density and distraction drive new aircraft interiors trends » Our wrapup of the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2015, Airlinetrends.com

Frankfurt Airport Will Invest $3.2 Billion To Add Its Terminal of the Future, Skift

Dallas Bets BIG on In-Flight Destination Marketing, APEX Digital

Health App Might One Day Tell Flight Crew When You’re Blue or Green, Skift

ANA Uses Toyota Racing Car Expertise for New Economy Seats, Skift

Singapore Airlines Used Apple Watch as a Great Excuse to Rethink All Its Apps, Skift

LATAM Airlines Blends Cultures in Launch of Largest VIP Lounge In South America, Skift

American Airlines’ $2 Billion Makeover Brings Fresh Look to Tired Lounges, Skift

The New Business Class Seating Concept That Does So Much More With Less, Skift

 

 

 

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