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REGIONAL REPORT CHINA 12 FULL SPEED AHEAD

Recaro Aircraft Seating opened its Qingdao facility a little more than three years ago. This year, the company’s General Manager for Asia Pacific is doubling production to 20,000 units. FOLLOWED BY MANDARIN TRANSLATION

SEATING

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18 PITCH PERFECT

Recent product developments in Economy Class and Premium Economy Class seating are in line with airline demands for greater passenger density and comfort at a tighter pitch

IFE & CONNECTIVITY UPDATE 24 FASTER, SMARTER, BETTER

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With the inflight entertainment and connectivity needs of airlines and passengers continually evolving, the development of advanced solutions has become an ongoing effort for suppliers — one that requires the newest and most sophisticated equipment and capabilities

INDUSTRY Q&A

32 TRACKING THE INTERIORS EVOLUTION

It is Year 12 of the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, and Event Manager Polly McGraw and staff is again looking at a year of record attendance as the industry headed into the final month before Passenger Experience Week

CABIN SAFETY

36 A COATING OF HYGIENE

A Hamburg-based paint and coatings company with decades in the industry has added an extra layer of cabin cleanliness with a new coating approved for Boeing and Airbus aircraft

COMPANY PROFILE

39 A DATA CENTER IN THE SKY

A Lufthansa Systems expert explains why the company’s BoardConnect IFE platform is the optimal solution for airlines

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IFEC, INTERIORS & MRO

ON THE COVER: SWISS Bombardier CS100 cabin. Photo courtesy of SWISS.

CABIN & GALLEY

40 ROLLING IN THE AISLES

An industry segment crowded with players will be descending on Hamburg in April with a selection of improved trolley products boasting weight reduction, choice and even the promise of elegance

CABIN LIGHTING

44 MAXIMUM IMPACT Aircraft Interiors Expo Hamburg

DEPARTMENTS 3

EDITOR’S NOTE

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NEWS

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PEOPLE NEWS

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WHAT’S HOT

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ASSOCIATION NEWS

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CALENDAR

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Mary Jane Pittilla profiles two cabin lighting suppliers seeking to provide maximum passenger impact at the lowest cost to airlines

INDUSTRY INNOVATORS

48 TECHNOLOGY TAKES FLIGHT

With seat width, legroom and distance to neighbor listed as the areas of lowest satisfaction among today’s travelers; Bombardier has put forth two disruptive solutions in the form of its C Series aircraft and its recently refreshed CRJ Cabin Series

EVENT COVERAGE

52 MAKING IT IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Technological innovation from the cockpit to the in-seat passenger experience and beyond, is both challenging and exciting the industry as interiors and MRO professionals returned to Dubai for MRO & AIME Middle East 2017

PAX International AIX March/April 2017  
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