Interior options: “The seat market for Airbus and Boeing aircraft will require over 3.4 million seats from 2014 to 2020, “it’s an unprecedented situation for the supply chain, and challenges remain as to its ability to fulfill such high volumes over the next 5-7 years,” says Michel Merluzeau, managing partner of G2 Solutions of Kirkland (WA).
In a new report, “Aircraft Interiors Market Analysis. Part: 1 Major Airlines Seats Forward Fit and Selected Retrofit Markets,” G2 Solutions says that “incorporation of composite materials into seat structures will enable a greater range of configurations, and complement an 18-24-month In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) renewal cycle. “The proliferation of personal tablet devices has IFE becoming a complement to passenger entertainment and no longer the sole option. This will ease the pressures on IFE innovation cycles with increasing focus on software and connectivity elements displacing hardware issues over time,”
G2 reports that there will be 3.4m seats required just for Airbus and Boeing aircraft through 2020-a mere six years from now.
Part 2 of the study will address regional aircraft market opportunities for seat manufacturers and suppliers.
G2 Solutions announced the results of the study at the Passenger Experience conference in Seattle.
A350 first delivery: We believe the first deliveries of the Airbus A350 will be in December for two to launch customer Qatar Airways. Given that it’s Qatar and U-Turn Al Baker has a history of making life miserable for Airbus (and Boeing), we’re not betting the farm on this one.
Airbus’ Indigo order: Airbus yesterday announced an order from Indigo from India for 250 A320neos. We’re pretty stingy in reporting orders, but this one is noteworthy for a couple of reasons. In one fell swoop, Airbus catches up, or nearly so, to Boeing’s YTD net orders (and we didn’t even have to wait for the “5th Quarter” Airbus is famous for).
Secondly, Indigo now has more than 500 A320s on order. Indigo is one of those carriers that we have on our watch list as way over-ordering.
AirAsiaX: The low cost, long haul carrier says it might defer Airbus A350s on order, according to Reuters. The carrier also orders 50 A330neos. This is another airline from the region we have on our watch list.
LaGuardia’s 75: NYC Aviation has a nice tribute to the 75th anniversary of New York LaGuardia Airport, complete with photos.