Newly launched AVIC Cabin Systems to encompass AIM Altitude, FACC, Fesher, Jiatai and Thompson Aero Seating
AIM Altitude announces today its new position under the alliance of AVIC Cabin Systems. The newly founded AVIC Cabin Systems is an integration of AIM Altitude, based in Bournemouth, UK; Thompson Aero Seating in Northern Ireland; Fesher Aviation Components Company Ltd, and Jiatai Aircraft Equipment Co Ltd, both Chinese companies; and Austria-based FACC. AVIC Cabin Systems itself will be headquartered in London, UK.
In combination, the companies forming AVIC Cabin Systems deliver every requirement for the cabin interior, from AIM Altitude’s premium monuments, social spaces, bars and galleys, to first and business-class seating by Thompson Aero Seating, economy seating from Jiatai, and interiors and composites by Fesher, FACC and AIM Composites.
Acquired by AVIC in 2016, AIM Altitude, as part of AVIC Cabin Systems, will be able to draw upon the strength and depth of the other four AVIC-owned companies.
Richard Bower, CEO of AIM Altitude, said: “For our premium monuments and social spaces in particular, the market is expanding rapidly. Airlines want creative interiors, a luxury, comfortable feel, and for flights to become a more sociable experience for passengers. We are already working closely with Thompson Aero Seating to provide front-row monuments that integrate seamlessly with the seating. We believe that this new and expanded collaboration under AVIC Cabin Systems will further strengthen our position in the aircraft interiors space.”
At Farnborough Air Show, launching AVIC Cabin Systems, Liu Xiaoming, Chinese Ambassador to the UK, said: “Two years ago, in the opening year of the China-UK ‘Golden Era’, I attended the Ceremony of AVIC International’s Acquisition of AIM Altitude. I had the honour to witness a new chapter for China-UK cooperation on aviation. Today, as the ‘Golden Era’ shifts into a higher gear, it is exciting to witness the launch of AVIC Cabin Systems and see China-UK cooperation on aviation moving up to a new level.”
China has the second-largest aviation market in the world and is expected to be the largest market globally within a decade, according to long term market forecasts published by the major OEMs.