Regional airlines are ploughing more into retrofitting cabin interiors

Carriers like Etihad, Emirates and Turkish Airlines are investing more in innovative interior designs and cabin technology, research shows
Cabin, AIME, Interior design, Retrofit

Middle Eastern-based airlines are making interior design a focus for their investments and are increasingly looking at new technologies to make aircraft cabins more comfortable for passengers.

In the last 18 months alone, a number of Middle East carriers have been making retrofitted interior investments.

Etihad and Emirates have retrofitted their cabins, collectively costing close to half a billion dollars.  

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In early 2019, Turkish Airlines commissioned bespoke seats for its 25 Boeing 787-9 and 25 Airbus 350-900 aircraft. While Oman Air upgraded lighting on-board and Lebanon’s carrier, Middle East Airlines, replaced its cabin seating.

Consultancy firm Oliver Wyman anticipates 11,600 new aircraft will be delivered over the next decade – mostly narrow-bodied.

The same report shows the Middle East, with 4.7% growth, as the third fastest growing market for new aircraft deliveries, confirmed by Boeing’s prediction that nearly 2,900 new aircraft will need to be delivered to the Middle East in the next 20 years to accommodate growth.   

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Aircraft Interiors Middle East (AIME) takes place in February next year to showcase the latest technologies on offer to airlines. The 2019 edition of AIME attracted airline buying representatives of 71 airlines from the Middle East and Europe.

Caryn McConnachie, aerospace director of show organiser Tarsus F&E LLC Middle East, said: “AIME is the Middle East’s only dedicated aircraft interiors event. As such, it provides the ideal platform for airline interiors buyers and suppliers to really connect and do business. Year after year the feedback that we receive tells us that the market sees AIME as an unmissable event.”

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