The cancellation of the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg at the outset of the pandemic left the cabin equipment and services market without its key annual show. In the five months since, things have been tough for suppliers as airline traffic, orders and deliveries have sharply declined, along with demand for interiors products. Now, with the sector adjusting to a very different business environment, activity is slowly picking up, although the outlook into 2021 and beyond remains uncertain. In this special interiors focus, we report on some of the biggest recent developments, talk to major players, and assess the outlook for the industry.

KLM Cityhopper Embaer E190 regional jets

​KLM to retrofit Embraer E190s and Boeing 737s with Recaro seats

Dutch carrier KLM has ordered 56 shipsets of Recaro seats to install across part of its mainline and regional fleet.

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Diehl to cut 1,400 jobs in Germany under restructuring plan

Diehl Aviation intends to make up to 1,400 jobs across its German sites redundant as part of restructuring aimed at providing the systems and interior equipment supplier with an “economically sustainable and future-oriented cost structure” by the end of 2022.

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Airbus receives initial ‘Airspace’ cabin entry area for A320neo

Austrian aerospace firm FACC has delivered its first entrance area of the ‘Airspace’ interior configuration developed for the Airbus A320neo.

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Spirit AeroSystems reports $156m Q3 loss

Wichita-based aerostructures manufacturer Spirit AeroSystems lost $156 million in the third quarter of 2020 amid tumbling revenue resulting from the dual pressures of the pandemic and Boeing 737 Max grounding.