The outlook for aircraft interiors – looking to 2021


Airlines are slowly returning to flying, but they and their interiors supply chain partners continue to tackle unprecedented challenges as governments around the world impose and adjust restrictions on travel and social interactions to combat coronavirus (Covid-19).

In the face of much uncertainty and dynamically changing operations, the outlook for interiors specification programmes and reconfiguration projects was discussed at a webinar held in early October, part of the Passenger Experience Conference Virtual Series.

Since the June webinar, with encouraging progress in some pockets of the aviation industry, such as the Chinese domestic market, the International Air Transport Association now expects total passenger traffic for 2020 will be 66% lower than last year, noted Andrew Doyle, director market development, Cirium, who set the scene for the aircraft interiors business into 2021.

Further, airlines have used more than US$77bn in cash during the second half of 2020 alone, which is obviously having a major impact on the aircraft interiors sector, he said.

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