It’s what’s inside that counts

The 1 April issue of Flight International has as its theme airliner cabins, ahead of the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg next week. In a special feature section, we look at Airbus’s call for a standardised 18in seat width and ask: true campaign for cabin comfort or publicity stunt? We also ask whether titanium holds the key to taking kilogrammes out of aircraft seating – and consequently the aircraft itself. Seat manufacturers are weighing up their options.

In the news section: consolation for Airbus as All Nippon Airways opts for European narrowbodies despite staying loyal to the 777 in its latest series of orders. Also, why the head of the US military’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter programme has delivered a quality ultimatum to Lockheed Martin and its supplier. And our Comment examines the latest challenges facing Bombardier following a new postponement to its Learjet 85 first flight.

As the hunt continues for MH370, David Kaminski-Morrow explains how doppler-shift analysis helped narrow the search area. Meanwhile, Craig Hoyle bids farewell to the RAF’s last TriStars and Ellis Taylor examines the trends behind a recent slowing of deliveries to Asian airlines.

We have a report from the FIDAE show in Santiago, Chile, while Dan Thisdell visits the emerging industrial cluster for unmanned systems in southern Spain, and looks at how Russian Helicopters is performing. In business aviation: the Cirrus SF50 becomes the first production-standard single-engine personal jet to fly.

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