EXP O P REV IEW
Visit Jamco’s stand to try out the Venture
premium class seat, which provides direct aisle
access, a full-fl at bed, ample storage, as well as
the latest amenities and entertainment features.
Attentive design minimises operational cost with
less weight and ease of maintenance, while
optimising product comfort and privacy to
maximise the end user experience.
Jamco is also developing a seat maintenance
and training augmented reality (AR) concept to
further improve operational e ciency. Jamco’s
continued focus on product quality for the
passenger and lower cost of ownership directive
is intended to bring value to brands.
In addition, Jamco will be displaying an AR
product concept that the company is planning
to o er in the future to improve the e ciency
of airline maintenance and training for its seats.
A history of
At its 75th AGM, IATA unanimously
approved a resolution to improve the air
travel experience for the estimated one
billion people living with disabilities
worldwide. IATA called for governments
to harmonise national legislation and
regulations (instead of the current
“patchwork” of confusing requirements
for passengers and airlines).
Joon/Air France launched “CosyJoon,”
a child bed. For an add-on payment,
passengers could reserve special,
convertible seats located in designated
rows in the centre of the aircraft. When
the child wishes to sleep, the flight
attendant can detach the seat-headrest
installation to fill the space between
the seat rows. A seatbelt extension
and comfortable bedding are provided.
There is no need to recline the seatbacks.
Virgin Atlantic, in conjunction with
Bluebox Aviation Systems, developed
‘Accessible IFE’ for passengers with
visual impairments. This portable,
iPad-style display provides large print
and easy-to-use instructions for
passengers wishing to access the full
range of IFE programmes available on the
seatback displays. Also in 2017 Virgin
Atlantic made in-flight literature available
in Braille, such as safety cards.
Air New Zealand launched the Skycouch.
For an add-on payment, passengers can
purchase a row of three seats, in
designated locations, on the side of the
aircraft. When passengers wish to
stretch out, panels can be pulled out from
below the seat cushions. These panels fill
the space between the seat rows.
Extendable seatbelts and comfortable
bedding are also provided and there is no
need to recline the seatbacks.
The FAA approved aisle-size wheelchairs
for use during flight (see Jetliner Cabins:
Evolution & Innovation, p98 and 101).
These lightweight chairs can be stored
inside cabin closets, and flight attendants
can push these chairs to enable PRMs to
reach the lavatory. Before or after the
general boarding process, these transfer
chairs can be used to bring PRMs to their
assigned seats from the door. And for
disembarkation the transfer chairs can
be used to bring PRMs from their seats
to the aircraft door (where full-size
wheelchairs, with airport attendants, will
be waiting in the jetway).
When McDonnell Douglas launched the
MD-95, it was the first aircraft to feature
an illuminated handrail running at
shoulder height from the front to the
back of the cabin (see Jetliner Cabins:
Evolution & Innovation, p103). After the
merger of McDonnell Douglas and Boeing
in 1997, this aircraft was re-named the
Boeing 717. On subsequent aircraftmanufacturing
programmes at Airbus
and Boeing, shoulder-height illuminated
handrails have been made available
inside the passenger cabin.
When Pan American launched the
B747-100, the LOPA configuration
was 3-3-3 in economy class – at that
time called “Thrift Class” – and all the
seats had flip-up armrests. This
wonderful advance enabled PRMs
(and other passengers) to stretch
out and snooze on long flights,
when there was space available.
GET A FEEL
JENNIFER COUTTS CLAY OF JETLINERCABINS.COM IS
MODERATING THE ‘FLYING FOR ALL – CREATING AN ACCESSIBLE
CABIN SESSION AT THE CABINSPACE LIVE SEMINAR. HERE SHE
OUTLINES THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY’S PROGRESSIVE APPROACH
TO ACCESSIBILITY OVER THE YEARS
See page 19
to read about
Airlines are on a mission to reduce weight, which
led ELeather to create a lightweight engineered
leather with claimed benefits including simplified
cleaning and improved hygiene, as well as design
versatility. Engineered leather enables airlines to
differentiate cabins with a range of finishes, while
achieving a low cost of ownership through
Eleather will be
exhibiting the materials
travel accessories, to
give visitors to the
stand a hands on,