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Aircraft Seating agenda 2017

Key topic areas for the 2017 edition:

  • Customer experience: beyond basic needs, analysis of passengers expectations
  • Current design and future trends in aircraft seats
  • How much comfort does the passenger want?
  • Comfort opportunities beyond aircraft seating design
  • Incorporating reliability and maintainability best practices
  • Impacts and perspectives of lightweight aircraft seat technology

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Lightweight Construction Methods from Short to Long range

RECARO Aircraft Seating presents the requirements and challenges of aircraft seats and mention which principles they follow in order to achieve lightweight design. Download the presentation to learn more.

Interview with Jason Chua, Transpose

Interview with Jason Chua of Transpose, part of A3 by Airbus, on smart materials for the next generation of aircraft seats

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Ambitious changes in premium seating

In this presentation you’ll read about the criteria for comfort upgrading in seat surroundings, new design seats for premiums eating,and typical FC-seating vs. new high-end premium seating. Learn more from the presentation of Frank Starke from Airbus Operations GmbH.

Designing Maintainability and Reliability Upfront

Why is seat design so hard? Why do manufacturers often ignore the fact that it will break? Joseph Eddy, Senior Project Manager at Delta Airlines encourages the industry to find ways to push the boundaries of reliability by making seats both customer-and operator friendly.

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Economy: Where is the revolution?

There are anywhere between 700,000 and 1,000,000 passengers in the air at any given time, and in 2015, there were up to 3 billion passengers overall. The global fleet size is expected to double to just over 40k by 2034. In the past 20 years, innovations in aircraft seat design have happened only in premium seating, with continuous improvements on all 3 areas: Comfort, Commercial Viability, and Certification. Economy seating has improved on cost and validation, but at the expense of passenger experience.

Anthony Harcup of Acumen Design challenges the rapidly growing sector: Is the in-line, cramped, economy seat format impossible to break out of?

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Innovations in Aircraft Seating Maintenance

This article discusses the latest innovations in aircraft seating maintenance, including material advancements to simplify maintenance, simplicity in aircraft seat design, and what you need to consider for the connected seat of the near future in terms of maintenance. Download the article to find out the concepts and technologies the industry is investing in, and what you should consider for a holistic maintenance strategy from the outset.

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The Latest Innovations in Aircraft Passenger Experience

Guest experience through customized interior designs and increased cabin functionality has increasingly become a focus for airlines as they seek ways to compete. No longer are prices and routes enough. So far 2015 has seen a significant number of announcements around upgrades for comfort ranging from cabin design and re-configuration to in-flight entertainment.

The great divide - What people really want in seating and what changes they dread?

According to passengers interviewed during the last few years, one of the changes most concerning is “slow shrinkage,” or what is perceived as the size reduction in seats over time. Read the article and find out what passengers really want and what they dread.

Come Sit With Me

The drive toward luxury has set up a fascinating duel of supply and demand. The most important aspect of any first/business class seating: design must combine the feeling of privacy, comfort, and confinement with the appearance of luxury. Seats must be designed to safety and regulatory rules, while offering as much support to the body as possible and maximizing the airline’s ROI per flight.

Smart Materials for Aircraft Seats and New Design Opportunities

Read more about the current challenges all airlines are focusing on: seating design and cabin configuration in order to increase passenger numbers without having a detrimental effect on comfort.

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Interesting times in the aircraft seating industry - take a look at Optimares

Business rules changed and keeps changing, companies strategies are based on new values - differentiation, value propostion and positioning. Alessandro Braca from Optimares explains how the analysis of these values are related to the aircraft seating business.

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Press Release - AVIPEO Partnership with IQPC

Press Release on the Partnership between AVIPEO and IQPC

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Study on Human Sensors in Aircraft Seats - Measuring and Testing Comfort

How do you qualify and quantify comfort? Comfort ranks as the highest factor in a positive passenger experience, but measuring a subjective factor is an inexact science and a challenge for seat designers.

Prof. Dr. Peter Vink of TU Delft shares the results of his study on human senses and their impact on comfort. Download the presentation to find out how to measure, test, and influence passenger comfort in aircraft seats!