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Editor's Comment
The Editorial Comment in the January 2019 issue looked at the opportunities and challenges presented by the long range of the Airbus A321LR. The manufacturer has just upped the ante with the A321XLR, which can push out to 4,700nm, with flight times around nine to ten hours. This makes passenger wellbeing even more of a priority, especially in high density configurations.
An inside job
GAL Aerospace is responding to demand in the regional aircraft cabin upgrade market. Keith Mwanalushi looks at some of the optimised solutions the company has on offer
Bottom line
Increasing seat numbers in aircraft is a good way to drive down cost-per-seat, as easyJet has been successful in implementing for some time
Delivering material benefits
Seats are getting lighter and lighter, but they also have to be comfortable, or an airline’s reputation could be damaged. Bernie Baldwin reports on some recent developments which add value for both the passenger and the airline
Reinventing the wheelchair
Pressure is growing on the aviation industry to make air travel more accessible to disabled passengers. But with space at a premium and strict safety regulations to adhere to, changing the status quo will require ingenuity, collaboration and determination, as Kerry Reals reveals
Tougher than old leather
Stephanie Taylor explores how and why companies are replacing traditional textiles and leather in the aircraft cabin with re-engineered high performance materials to improve the passenger experience
Open for business
Business class seat installations on board long haul aircraft have probably witnessed the most significant transformation in recent years, says Mario Pierobon
Meeting the comfort challenge
While seats must, first and foremost, serve the passenger, they must also meet requirements of the airlines. Bernie Baldwin reports on the manufacturers’ design philosophies as well as some of their latest developments
Middle class comfort
Premium economy class seats are a relatively new way of improving the passenger experience on long haul aircraft. Mario Pierobon reports
Designer’s notebook
Ian Harbison caught up with John Tighe, Design Director at JPA Design, to discuss some of the subtleties of the new Business Class cabin for Singapore Airlines, especially the Monocoque seat
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