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.

Insight Spirit AeroSystems

Spirit terminates Asco acquisition plan, warns of Bombardier deal fallout

Spirit AeroSystems has terminated its planned $420 million acquisition of aerospace component maker Asco, while warning it may face lawsuits related to a now-uncertain plan to acquire Bombardier’s aerospace businesses.

T-7A Red Hawk

New digital engineering technologies said to deliver up to 30% cost savings

Digital-engineering and -manufacturing processes have already revolutionized how aerospace products are designed and built.

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Alphabet’s Wing division advances unmanned air traffic system

Various companies have in recent years been working to develop underlying air traffic technologies intended to support the expected rapid expansion of the commercial unmanned urban air mobility (UAM) industry.

Toilet door

Jamco targets incremental cabin improvements – for now

Jamco is awaiting All Nippon Airways’ decision on whether to modify lavatory doors on its aircraft for hands-free use, as the interior equipment manufacturer focuses attention on incremental, cost-effective passenger-experience improvements.