Airlinetrends.com lists year’s best introductions
Airlines are competing with each other to offer the best cabin interior upgrades, ranging from private suites in first class to the latest in inflight entertainment and wifi. Customers now seem to expect airlines to bring in new product refurbishments every three to four years rather than six to seven years, as was the case earlier.
Airlinetrends.com and aviation design experts TheDesignair list some of the best cabin interior launches of 2013.
Among luxury airlines, Singapore Airlines invested nearly US$150 million in new First, Business and Economy seats, and the latest Panasonic eX3 IFE system. Cathay Pacific hired architects Foster + Partners to refresh the look of its First Class suites, while Emirates’ new Executive A319 features a private jet lounge, First Class suites and shower.
Low-cost carriers also upgraded. In the US, JetBlue unveiled its new “transcontinental” A321 interior this year featuring private suites. Its “Mint” business class has been described as having “a stylish service minus all of the stuffiness often associated with the traditional front-of-the-cabin experience.”
The Indonesian carrier Lion Air launched a full-service airline, Batik Air, while FlyDubai went chic with a separate business class.
[pictured: Cathay Pacific First Class; photo courtesy Cathay Pacific]