Posted on: 23 October 2013 by Mark Howells
Lufthansa Technik (LHT) has put some meat on the bones of Inairvation, the alliance concept it formed in May 2011, along with partners List components and furniture, DesignQ and Schott.
The four leading companies have teamed up to design next generation aircraft interior environments for top-level business jets, VVIP aircraft and first class airline cabins. The parties will act under the common brand name of Inairvation to share their knowledge and assist each other in gaining access to new markets.
Dr Philip von Schroster says, “It makes sense to partner as suppliers, rather than the situation currently, which is where everyone is pitching individually and fighting over integration problems.
He continues, “We are all coming on at different times, which is affecting the aircraft’s real estate. What we provide now is all the way from design into integrating the cabin to the aircraft.”
The partners are still fine tuning the details of the alliance, but Schroster says they are in “serious discussions” with their preferred OEMs. The offering is aimed at business jets, such as entry level Phenoms all the way up to Global Express sized jets.
He adds, “There is always lots of friction and inefficiency in today’s processes, so we are bringing the entities together. The special thing about this one is that we have opted to be together, we have not been bought by anyone.”
He says that Inairvation is at an advanced stage in its evolution, so much so, that LHT had a closed room for its preferred customers to go and view the solution at the show.
At Inairvation’s launch Andrew Muirhead, director of LHT’s Innovation Business unit said: “We believe that the alliance will revolutionise the way in which cabin systems are integrated into the interior.”
Helmut Wiesenberger, director business development at List added,” We trust in the pioneering spirit of the involved companies.”
Gary Doy, co-founder of Design Q elaborated: “This offers a powerful opportunity to provide design-led solutions that integrate innovative technologies into the cabin.”
His counterpart Dr. Armin Plichta, GM Aviation at Schott explained: “What makes us unique and valuable for our customers is the holistic integration of all competencies involved. We look at the entire range of abilities right from the start. This enables us to simultaneously manage solutions which would not be possible when working in a more sequential style.”
Liz Moscrop, Inflight / Inflight-Online.com
Las Vegas, USA