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.

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Safran expands seat options for E-Jet family

Safran has had its Z110i economy seat certificated for installation on Embraer E-Jets, thereby broadening the supplier’s seat options for the aircraft family.

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Seat manufacturer Zim Flugsitz exits insolvency proceedings

German seat manufacturer Zim Flugsitz has emerged from legal insolvency proceedings after a restructuring plan was unanimously approved by creditors in December.

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Emirates considers refitting A380s with new premium-economy cabin

Middle Eastern carrier Emirates has shown off the new premium-economy cabin fitted to its latest Airbus A380, of which the airline took delivery in mid-December.

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Faradair chooses MagniX for electric aircraft project

US electric propulsion specialist MagniX will collaborate with UK-based Faradair Aerospace to deliver an 18-seat Bio Electric Hybrid Aircraft (BEHA) by 2026, giving the sustainable aircraft sector a good-news boost during an otherwise bleak year for aerospace.