074 JUNE 2020
ABC International has launched the Boom Headrest, an
adjustable and flexible headrest design that enables passengers
to create their own individually optimised orthopedic posture to
help support the neck and nape, and to aid sleep.
The designer of the headrest, Aysegul Durak, formerly a chief
engineer for cabin interiors at Turkish Airlines, explains that many
of today’s headrests do not have nape or neck support, which is
why many passengers use their own orthopaedic pillows during
flight. She says that advanced postural studies have shown that
the ideal headrest must support the weight of the head by tightly
embracing the nape, neck and head.
The ‘gooseneck’ of her design, the multifunctional mechanism
within the headrest, provides neck and head support options
by applying a light pressure on the arms to create any position
desired by the passenger.
The main structure of the Boom Headrest is manufactured
from lightweight aluminium alloy, with steel and polyamide
inserts for durability. The headrest can
be fitted to any seat, both
retrofit or linefit, with an
interface that works with
most common seat types.
The kit can be delivered with EASA
Form One, including an Engineering
Order for Installation, and its
dimensions, foam stiffness
and trim can be specified by
customers wishing to tailor the
headrest to their individual seat
models and branding.
Tapis Corporation was all set to show off some new seat
fabric innovations at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2020, but
of course the show was cancelled. To find out what we
missed, we spoke to sales director, Matthew Nicholls.
“One of our product highlights was our Ultraleather
Linen product. It has the visual appeal and comfort
of a fabric, but its advanced coating means pathogens
can be wiped from the surface with hospital-grade
disinfectants without damaging the surface,” he says.
“When long-haul travel resumes, we think that
customers will have a renewed focus on clean,
pathogen-free surfaces, which traditional woven fabrics
cannot achieve without being removed from the aircraft
for dry cleaning. As we adapt to the post-Covid-19
future, products like Ultraleather might be the solution.”
AviationRFI has designed the ‘Dual
Disposable Seat Cover’, initially with
frequent flyers in mind. The one-piece cover
is double ended, with one end suitable for
fitting an aircraft seat, and the other a car
seat (useful for taxis), and is intended to
help reduce germ transfer from seats to
clothing during travel.
The lightweight cover is made from
medical-grade PPE fabric, and is recyclable
and disposable. The company is receiving
enquiries from around the world, with
increasing interest from airlines.
SE AT ING INNOVAT ION
Air Comfort Next
The Fellfab Air Comfort Next Seat Cushion
System is a two-part, back and bottom
design for economy class seats. The back
uses the company’s DiamondFlex support
technology, while the bottom is a hybrid system
incorporating memory foam, conventional
foam, and an AirString core that maintains
form and functionality. According to Fellfab, the
cushion system is lightweight and durable,
with the bottom cushions
lasting up to six years in