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AIDC Made First Attempt at Aircraft Interiors Expo for its Private Brand Seat

To assure the continued momentum of Taiwan aerospace development, AIDC Chairman Anson Liao led a team as Chairman of Taiwan Aerospace Industry Association (TAIA) to participate in the Hamburg Aircraft Interiors Expo 2018. Jointly AIDC hosted the Taiwan stand together with Taiwan Fylin, YOMURA, and Kai Yuan.

Being the biggest event of aircraft interior show in the world, the 2018 Expo started on April 10th for 3 days with participation of over 550 companies, in which cabin interiors, the most up-to-date entertainment and service systems were demonstrated which drew attention of high level aviation executives and professionals alike to the exposition. It was anticipated that more than 16,000 visitors would attend the show.

AIDC decided to expand its engineering and manufacturing expertise gained from commercial aircraft production to the aircraft interiors based on the huge growing demand of aircraft seats. Anson Liao stated that this is AIDC’s first attempt to market its seat under a private brand, hoping it will woo the industry and become a new choice for buyers to consider. “Boeing, Airbus, and Bombardier expressed interest and looked forward to seeing our new seat at the Expo. Their executives are coming to visit our stand during the event,” Anson Liao noted. The members of the AIDC delegation had a busy schedule to meet with airliners and aircraft modification providers around the globe in an effort to reach out for new business partners and possible launch customer.

Boeing and Airbus have forecasted a market demand of 35,000 aircraft in the next 20 years. Knowing that an aircraft requires cabin/seats renovation every 4-8 years, the seat requirement would double with each new aircraft in operation, by which the market is estimated to require nearly 20 million seats. In year 2017 the total output value of commercial aviation seats is well over 8 billion US dollars. According to the forecast from the MarketsandMarkets, the seat market will grow by 14.15% annually and reach 16.9 billion US dollars in year 2021.

AIDC first introduced its seat last year at the 2017 Taipei Air Show with certification (TSOA/Technical Standard Order Authorization) awarded by the R.O.C. Civil Aeronautics Administration. It is anticipated the seat will successfully acquire the FAA LODA/Letter of Design Approval in the later half of year 2018. This is the first aeronautic seat in the country that complies with the 16G specification.

In addition to showcasing the 16G seat at the Expo this year, AIDC also introduced its customer oriented seat featuring light weight and comfort with composite seat back, wireless charger, tablet/cell phone holder, and cradle seat pan. The supply chain of the seat is an integrated joint effort from domestic participants including; the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), the Automotive Research & Testing Center (ARTC), Ye Fong Aluminum, TOPKEY, Fu Chi, and Chiao Fu. AIDC with its supply chain are dedicated to provide a seat with a variety of options to meet the specific needs of customers in the global market.