This year’s Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) and World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo (WTCE) will be held virtually, which is good news for global experts in the cabin and passenger experience industry who can’t make the trip to Hamburg, Germany. The Passenger Experience Conference is held simultaneously so professionals in both cabin design and passenger experience can collaborate and share ideas on modern air travel.
There’s no single simple answer to this question. In some regards yes, even passengers in economy and coach seating on a commercial flight will enjoy some of the same benefits that were at one time exclusive to private and business jet passengers. In other respects, no, there are some physical and spatial realities that simply make it impossible for the average major airlines flyer to enjoy the same type of passenger experience.
When consumers are looking for advice on a particular topic, they generally seek out people who have opinions informed by real-world experience.
If you want advice on whether to fight a traffic citation you might ask the lawyer who lives next door. If you have an unknown medical concern, you might call your cousin the doctor. If your air conditioner is making a weird noise when it turns on, you’ll probably call your usual HVAC contractor or handyman.
Aviation broadband Wi-Fi is essentially a wireless connection to in-flight internet. With Wi-Fi on solid ground being found in nearly every home and business, it is no surprise Wi-Fi is now becoming a standard aircraft commodity.
The world has become dependent on the internet. We run businesses, shop, work, stream and browse all day, every day. According to Pew Research Center, 31 percent of American adults are almost constantly online. People always have an expectation for access to networks, and flights are no exception.
Streaming sports hasn’t yet come close to reaching its ceiling. A 2019 study estimated sports streaming would grow from $48.6 billion to $85 billion by 2024. Soccer – the world’s most widely consumed sport – was expected to nearly triple from $12.8 billion to $31.9 billion.
The average aircraft has 138 seats according to Plane Stats. Each individual seat on an aircraft must be designed to fit many different sizes and forms.
Comfort and personal space are always a concern when it comes to the cabin experience, especially on long flights. New innovations in smart seats are intended to improve those in-flight conditions.
Voting has opened for the 2021 International Yacht and Aviation Awards, and Rosen’s Maverick Project has been shortlisted as a finalist for this prestigious recognition of insight and innovation.
In our blog about the rise of inflight entertainment we wrote a bit about pneumatic, hollow tube headphones. There was nothing electronic about these headphones. They were just hollow tubes with earpieces attached. The listener would plug the end of the tubes over a small but otherwise unremarkable speaker. The speaker would send the audio up the tubes and into the listener’s ears.
Our own Lee Clark, Senior VP of Strategy, recently competed in the Sonora Rally in The Sonora Mexico Desert, the only North American feeder to the world famous Dakar Rally.
Inflight entertainment has been around nearly as long as commercial air travel. The forms IFE has taken over the past century have changed quite a bit.
Interior designers have long strived to make rooms feel larger. There are all kind of tricks and optical illusions they can implement to convince an occupant’s subconscious that the space they’re in is bigger than its actual measurements suggest.
aircraft refurbishment experts are the best source for cabin upgrade ideas, providing both creative design ideas as well as an intimate understanding of aircraft certification processes. There are also quite a few industry publications and aviation organizations that compile some of the latest innovations in aviation design and technology. Lastly, various websites and apps can certainly spark inspiration for cabin upgrades and remodels.
Aircraft cabin design is a combination of floor planning, information and entertainment integration and installation, safety regulation implementation and interior decorating – all inside the limited confines of an airplane. Aircraft cabin design encompasses everything from window dressings and seat fabric to lighting, screen placement and wiring.
The average properly maintained business jet or private aircraft has an estimated operating life of 25 years, and in some cases longer. What qualifies as the latest and greatest inflight entertainment, and the average business flyer or private jet passenger’s comfort expectations, will undoubtably change several times during each jet’s service life.
Connectivity, when combined with other cabin technologies and comforts, is an important part of modern air travel. Connectivity allows passengers to conduct business, stream movies and music and communicate with people on the ground. Private and business aircraft equipped with IFEC packages including high-resolution displays, great connectivity and other comforts can make an aircraft cabin an ideal space to relax or get work done.
As part of our continually expanding Cabin Management & Technology Systems capabilities, for customers such as Aerion Supersonic, Rosen is proud to introduce the newest member of our insightful team of advocates: Jeremy Kneuper. A talented Systems Engineer with nearly 15 years of experience, Jeremy will be serving as Senior System Architect for CMTS solutions. We sat down with Jeremy to share a little more about his background and the innovative ideas he will bring to the industry.
The rumors of SkyMall’s demise are greatly exaggerated – sort of. The pre-inflight-internet ‘90s may well have been the dark ages when you consider IFE available during this time. Passengers were limited to one – maybe two – inflight movies, whatever archaic paper book or magazine they carried onto the plane and potentially some kind of Discman or Walkman.
According to Skytrax, the global organization that ranks and awards airlines for things like “best economy class cabin” and “best regional airlines”, the four airlines with the best inflight entertainment (IFE) are foreign carriers. The highest ranked U.S. carrier in 2019 (2020 awards were cancelled due to COVID) was Delta Air Lines, which was ranked fifth best IFE worldwide.
Most people who travel commercial carriers with any kind of regularity are familiar with the pre-takeoff instructions, “All cellular telephones and other portable electronic devices must be turned off and stowed for departure.”
What’s the deal with those requests? And why does nothing bad ever happen despite many people defying this directive from a plane’s crew?
These may seem like two different topics but there is one key commonality – whether you’re an adult traveling for business or a parent traveling with children, distraction is of the utmost importance.
People who travel frequently for business spend a significant amount of their downtime on flights. For many professionals, this time is precious and helps maintain good mental health. You should never waste an opportunity to unwind, especially if those opportunities are few and far between.
As with all other professional industries and areas of life in 2020, there looms many questions about what the aviation industry will look like post-COVID-19.
In the early months of the novel coronavirus spread, commercial airlines began taking various steps for improve terminal and in-flight health and safety standards.
When the Concorde touched its wheels down for the last time in 2003, it created a void in the aviation market for an accessible supersonic, commercial option. Two US companies are pursuing hopes of developing the next commercial supersonic jet. Each is targeting slightly different potential customers.
Embedded inflight entertainment (IFE) are things like seatback displays that are literally embedded into cabin fixtures. Since the advent of smart devices and Wi-Fi, there’s been a debate in the aviation industry about the continued necessity of embedded IFE in passenger aircraft of all types.
Competition over passengers in 2020 is particularly tough for carriers of all types. Most forecasts predict the volume of travelers will continue to be suppressed into 2021, and maybe beyond.
Rosen Aviation is truly a product of its culture – and what is culture without the people that comprise it? Join us for our first employee spotlight interview, one of many more to come.
How much is the average coach passenger willing to pay for a more comfortable, better connected traveling experience? Premium economy may be the answer.
What recent technological advancement has had the greatest impact on the lives of flyers? Smart devices seem to be the obvious answer.
People who use business jets, private jets and charter flights do so for a lot of different reasons. One thing that’s universal among nearly all passengers is an expectation for a certain level of convenience, entertainment and comfort.
In the beginning of commercial air travel passengers were an afterthought. Aircraft were primarily used for transporting mail and freight in the early to mid-1920s. The largest airline during that time was operated by USPS.
There’s a fundamental question you have to answer before choosing which in-flight entertainment options to install in an aircraft cabin – what do flyers want most when they’re hurdling through the air in the fuselage of a jet?
What’s the difference between avionics and aircraft cabin electronics? Avionics is a general term referring to electronics in planes, satellites and even spacecraft. Avionics is essentially an umbrella term that the majority of electricity-powered aeronautics technology falls under. Aircraft cabin electronics are a type of avionics that are integrated into cabins for in-flight entertainment (IFE) and passenger comfort.