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The big seat squeeze: Do B/E, Zodiac and Recaro have room?

Aircraft seat manufacturers B/E Aerospace, Zodiac and Recaro (seats pictured above) have enjoyed plenty of new business ever since reports started surfacing from Japan that seat maker Koito Industries had falsified data on seats. And the ‘big three’ can expect an even greater windfall now the EASA and the US FAA have formally issued airworthiness […]

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Panasonic Avionics: Here’s the skinny

Airlines all over this increasingly toasty planet are getting in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems line-fitted to their new aircraft. But the retrofit market is also very hot right now, as evidenced by the growing number of carriers opting for new retrofit-ready seat-centric solutions. On last count we’ve learned of seat-centric embedded offerings from The IMS Company, […]

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VIDEO: What’s hot inside the aircraft cabin (2011) #AIX11

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What you need to know before AIX in Hamburg (Part I)

I read a fascinating Newsweek article the other day while pretending to work out at the gym (yes, I do drag myself there at least once a fortnight when I’m not traveling and when I’m not…well, I do drag myself there at least once a month). The article suggested that the Twitterization of our culture […]

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Exclusive: South African taps Sicma for seat-centric IFE

South African Airways has become the latest customer of Sicma’s seat-centre SiT in-flight entertainment system, RWG can exclusively reveal. “We are retrofitting two [Airbus] A330s starting with the first plane in June 2011,” says Thomas Lee, director of business development at Zodiac Aerospace, the parent to Sicma. The aircraft are owned by a leasing company. […]

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Out of the box and into a new AURA

No sooner do we get word that BlueBox managing director Rick Stuart is leaving the firm, when, lo, a new in-flight entertainment company and system surfaces. Coinkidink? Errr. A splinter group from BlueBox, including Murray Skelton and Martin Cunnison, have formed Intelligent Avionics, and launched AURA, billed as “an ultra-lightweight, next generation IFE system”, which […]

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Panasonic mulls new line of retrofit-ready IFE

Panasonic Avionics is considering developing another generation of in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems to specifically meet the needs of the retrofit market, a senior industry source reveals. IFE systems that are designed for retrofit generally have a lower cost of development because they do not necessarily need to pass all the manufacturing processes and specification requirements […]

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PHOTOS: Inside Russia’s MS-21 mock-up

Russia’s next generation airliner, the MS-21, created plenty of buzz at the Farnborough air show. A partial cabin mock-up of the 150-210-seat family revealed Zodiac interiors with Zodiac unit Sicma’s integrated IFE/seat. All photos are courtesy of Will Horton. Check it out.

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VIDEO: What’s hot inside the aircraft cabin (2010)

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Top five most important IFEC moments of 2009

Following on from last year’s “2008 top five”, here is my list of the top five most important in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) moments of 2009. Please feel free to weigh in with your on thoughts on the matter. 1)    Southwest Airlines agrees to equip entire 500-plus aircraft fleet with Row 44′s Ku-band satellite-based in-flight […]

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