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

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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.

» View the full FTE ‘Up in the Air’ conference agenda
» Register to attend FTE Global 2014 

Future Travel Experience Asia 2014

FTE Asia 2014, which will take place in Kuala Lumpur from 1-3 December 2014, will include the 'Onboard Futures Forum', which will explore the question: 'What are the long-term future possibilities that can be leveraged onboard?' Global aviation industry futurist and award-winning speaker Rohit Talwar will take delegates on a tour of the forces, ideas and developments that could shape the next two decades. With an eye on IFEC, cabin design, cuisine, class models, passenger comfort and amenities he will explore the implications for airline strategies, passenger expectations and behaviour, service delivery, aviation business models and differentiation of the airline experience.

» View the full FTE Asia 'Up in the Air' conference agenda

» Register to attend FTE Asia 2014


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