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Airbus announces A330neo with fourth generation IFE, mood lighting and connectivity


Airbus says the new A330neo will enable airlines to offer their customers a true “21st century onboard experience”.

Airbus has launched the widebody A330-800neo and A330-900neo, which the manufacturer says will enhance the onboard passenger experience through a raft of inventive features.

The A330 cabin will be optimised to offer up to ten additional seats on the new A330neo, with the 18-inch wide seats remaining, while mood lighting and full connectivity will be offered to improve cabin ambience and ensure passengers can stay connected while they are in the air.

Airbus has also stated that the passengers “will be able to enjoy a 21st century onboard experience with, for example, fourth generation in-flight entertainment (3D films)”, although this development will very much rely on the IFE suppliers themselves and their plans in this area.

AirAsia X has already signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus for 50 A330neos. The first delivery is scheduled for late 2017, and Group CEO of AirAsia, Tony Fernandes, has labelled it a “phenomenal aircraft” that “becomes a critical piece of our strategy”.

Airbus’ Head of Cabin Design to speak at FTE Global 2014

Airbus - FTE Global 2014Ingo Gäthje, Head of Cabin Design Office, Airbus, will address delegates at FTE Global 2014, which will take place in Las Vegas from 24-26 September 2014. In the ‘Customer experience director head-to-head’ session, he will join other leading industry figures to debate the question: ‘What are the next steps that are necessary to achieve an onboard passenger experience transformation?’.

Ingo will also take part in the Cabin Integration Symposium at FTE Global 2014, where he will be joined by senior speakers from the likes of Emirates, Inmarsat, Gogo, OnAir, Global Eagle, Honeywell, Panasonic, Lumexis, Acro, Recaro and Zodiac Aerospace.

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FTE Europe 2016 will take place at RAI Amsterdam

FTE Europe 2016 will take place at RAI Amsterdam from 25-26 April 2016.

Prepare for the in-flight passenger experience of 2025 at FTE Europe 2016, 25-26 April, Amsterdam

Future Travel Experience Europe 2016 (25-26 April, RAI Amsterdam) will be the region’s most forward-thinking passenger experience event this year, thanks to the ‘Passenger Experience 2025’ theme, inspirational keynote addresses by Philips Head of Design Pierre-Yves Panis and SkyTeam CEO Perry Cantarutti, two unique conference agendas, the Co-creation Forum Europe, fresh perspectives on the Onboard 2025 Think Tank vision, an end-to-end exhibition and a social agenda based around the world famous King’s Day celebrations.

The ‘Up in the Air’ conference stream will focus on how airlines and their partners can make use of new and emerging technologies to create an outstanding in-flight experience. Senior figures from the likes of Google, IATA, easyJet, CitizenM, Aer Lingus, Air France-KLM, TUIfly, Norwegian, B/E Aerospace, TU Delft, Honour Branding and the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) will address delegates, providing unique insight on topics ranging from next generation IFEC and 2025 cabin design, to new onboard commerce opportunities, and crew and passenger empowerment.

» View the full FTE Europe ‘Up in the Air’ conference agenda

» Register to attend FTE Europe 2016

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