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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 26th May 2016 | Issue #369

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HondaJet receives European certification

The HondaJet received type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) during a presentation at EBACE in Geneva on Monday.

Steven Higgins, EASA Section Manager for High Performance Aircraft and Turboprops, presented the type certificate for the HA-420 HondaJet to Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino.

"We are excited to achieve EASA certification for the HondaJet today. This certification signifies the HondaJet meets the highest European safety standards,” said Fujino. “Our customers have shared that this aircraft is not only high performance, but intelligent, fun to fly and very sophisticated. HondaJet deliveries in Europe have begun, and we are excited to see the HondaJet enter service in this important market.”

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Bombardier launches new Learjet 75 interior

Separated cabin creates a quiet, separate living space for passengers.

Bombardier has introduced a new level of passenger comfort in the Light jet category with the introduction of a Learjet 75 aircraft featuring an innovative pocket door design.

The pocket door divides the cabin from the cockpit and galley area and reduces noise levels inside the cabin by up to eight decibels, while creating a distinct private living space for passengers. The aircraft has received a supplemental type certificate from the FAA and the first of its type has been showcased during the EBACE convention.

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Global Jet Capital launches aircraft sales division as research shows one in nine large business aircraft up for sale

Global Jet Capital, a provider of finance for large-cabin, long-range private jets, has announced the launch of an aircraft sales division.

The announcement comes as new research reveals that 11.5% of the world’s fleet of mid-sized to heavy business aircraft are currently available for sale, a total of 1,500 aircraft.

The company has recognized that with this large number of pre-owned aircraft on the market, buyers have a wide range of options and can afford to be increasingly demanding. Global Jet Capital believes that the combination of its experience and the caliber of aircraft it is bringing to the market, along with including maintenance and training support with the purchase of an aircraft, will have unrivalled appeal to prospective owners.

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Extend your media coverage

Deanna Harms, executive vice president at Greteman Group, a marketing communications agency based in Wichita, the Air Capital.

ots of news is being made and reported in Geneva this week.

If you’re one of EBACE16’s newsmakers, ensure the coverage you worked so hard to generate reaches as many people as possible, for as long as possible.

Talk it up

Share the coverage through word of mouth. It’s not bragging if you’re at a cocktail party and ask if someone caught the great feature that just ran about your business/product/company. No? Then you can provide a few key points. Yes? Then ask their thoughts about it. Add some insights of your own. This could be a chance to talk about next steps or other things on the horizon.

Leverage your social-media channels. Tag individuals in the article to give credit where it’s due and to encourage them to share through their social networks. If you see others have shared it - thank them - and share it again. If it’s a blogger or someone in the industry you ought to know, but don’t, use the opportunity to start a conversation and to connect.

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Comlux sells ACJ319 to Government of Slovakia

Comlux the Aviation Group has announced that its aircraft sales & acquisition division, Comlux Transactions, has contracted with the Government of Slovakia for the sale of a pre-owned Airbus ACJ319 including a total support package, aircraft maintenance, cabin upgrade, installation of security systems onboard and entry into service support.

After Jordan, Kazakhstan and Malaysia, this is the 4th time Comlux supports a Government in the frame of its fleet renewal. This specific activity demonstrates that Comlux has a full understanding of Governmental aviation and the capability within the Comlux Group to cover the full scope of services and to propose turnkey packages to its government customers, on top of traditional aircraft sales and purchases. Moreover, Comlux’ solid relationship with lessors, banks and financial institutions is an asset when financing solutions are required in the frame of the transaction.

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Aviation industry’s first online Flight Permit App goes ‘live’ at EBACE

The aviation industry’s first smart online flight permit application has been launched by international trip planner, Djetops, in a live Beta version demonstration at EBACE.

PermitsGlobal automates the complex process of obtaining over-flight and landing permits, giving pilots and flight operators 24/7 control over their flight permit applications from a smartphone, tablet or via the web. The app is being evaluated and tested by a number of European operators and the final product will be available to customers within the third quarter of 2016.

In addition to contending with the general and special requirements for granting flight permits, the challenge for operators to date is that individual countries have different requirements and procedures, which can change on a daily basis. In this dynamic environment the process can be time consuming and busy pilots and corporate flight departments want a lasting paperless solution that accesses all the information they need, wherever they are in the world.

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New Down-Route App revolutionises hotel bookings and crew expense management

An App that revolutionises crew expense management for aircraft operators, giving them precise and real time control over hotel bookings and other expenses, has been showcased at EBACE this week by Private Jet Central (PJC).

Down-Route.Com combines expense management with hotel bookings into a single App, enabling business aircraft operators to manage and monitor expenses incurred by crew as they travel around the globe.

It allows operations staff or crews to book hotels and services through the App and aircraft operators to receive real time reporting of expenditure and management reports. Minimum standards and maximum price rates can be pre-set to meet a company’s operational criteria, giving companies control over expenses and saving staff time in searching multiple booking sites.

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Jet Aviation Basel launches 3D JetVision app

Jet Aviation Basel's Completions Center has launched its 3D application, JetVision, providing clients with a secure way to interact with the facility and visually manage their completions projects.

The JetVision app provides virtual access to a project from anywhere in the world, removing the traditional geographical limitations and challenges of project management.

Impressive 3D visuals give accurate depictions of Design and Engineering before the first part is even built. It also offers secure progress reports, images, video and keeps a client in the loop at all times. When the aircraft is in service, interactive and intuitive interior maintenance and spare parts support are all easily accessible in-app.

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Satcom Direct launches SD Pro

Satcom Direct has announced its latest innovation, SD Pro - the first fully integrated flight operations management platform - bringing together patented Satcom Direct (SD) products and services with best-in-class integration partners to deliver real-time data about the aircraft via a single interface.

SD Pro aggregates information from multiple sources the flight department is already using, into a web-based display, so that every member of the team can access it from their desktop, tablet or mobile device. SD Pro lets the user view and manage flight logs, performance data, scheduling, trip planning, maintenance information, operating history, and more.

Designed to be a single point of access, the SD Pro interface displays the information via modules on its customizable dashboard that can be tailored to meet the varying needs of flight departments and individual team members.

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Rodolfo Baviera

The European Business Aviation Association and National Business Aviation Association presented EBAA Chairman Rodolfo Baviera with the prestigious EBAA Award at EBACE this week.

“It is no exaggeration to say that our chairman, Rodolfo, is one of the giants of this industry, and it has been a privilege and an honor to work alongside him for several years now,” said Brian Humphries, EBAA president. “This award is just a very modest token of our deep appreciation for his constant guidance and support.”

Baviera was elected EBAA chairman in 2004, having served on the group’s Board of Governors since 1998. Baviera’s career in the aviation industry began when he earned a degree in political sciences at “La Sapienza” University of Rome, for which he produced a thesis paper, entitled, “A politic for the European Aeronautical Industry.”

In 1985, he created Geneva-based Bizjet SA, a company that specialized in selling pre-owned business aircraft. That same year, he became CEO of Europavia Italia SRL, an international aircraft trading company. Baviera added chairman and CEO of Eurofly Services SpA to his responsibilities in 1993, and a year later, extended his commitment to Europavia Italia SRL to include its chairmanship. Aircraft operator Eliario Italia SpA designated him chairman in 1999. In 1998, he was appointed chairman of the Italian Business Aviation Association (IBAA), where he served until 2004.

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Flexjet to expand international operations

Set to become a European-based operator by Q4 2106.

Flexjet LLC has disclosed additional details of its planned international expansion.

Flexjet’s European operations will come via an acquisition of a company with an existing operating certificate. A letter of intent has been signed and a purchase is expected to close later this year, with the first European-based aircraft to be in operation by year’s end. read more

Flexjet celebrated a significant milestone last week as its Embraer Legacy 500 became the first to fly into London City Airport, further bolstering the company's international offering.

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Bombardier aligns 2016 market forecast with world macroeconomic trends

8,300 forecasted business jet deliveries from 2016 to 2025 valued at $250bn US.

Bombardier Business Aircraft released its 10-year forecast for the private aviation market at EBACE in Geneva. This year's edition highlights the impact of market trends and global economic conditions on business aviation market demand.

Bombardier predicts up to 8,300 new business jet deliveries representing approximately $250bn US in industry revenues from 2016 to 2025 in the segments in which it competes. Significant growth is expected in the long term, with larger aircraft continuing to dominate the market. read more

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Rockwell Collins and AMAC Aerospace complete first CES to Venue cabin upgrade in Europe

Rockwell Collins and Switzerland-based AMAC Aerospace have completed the first CES - legacy Rockwell Collins cabin entertainment system - to Venue high-definition (HD) cabin management and entertainment system upgrade on a Bombardier Global aircraft in Europe. The aircraft is now in service.

Venue is the most cost-effective cabin upgrade solution for CES-equipped Globals since it utilizes certain cabin components already on the aircraft. This upgrade path also leads to less aircraft downtime. read more

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The Aviation Nutritionist wants you to fly healthy

Sarah Wilson, The Aviation Nutritionist, is at EBACE in Geneva this week to champion how the importance of a healthy diet can help stressed high flyers, criss-crossing time zones every week keep at their optimal best when travelling at 35,000 ft.

Addressing the EBACE Safety Workshop on Monday chaired by EBAA President, Brian Humphries, she told delegates that the secret to getting the right nutrition is all down to “internal” tailoring and personalisation, centred on understanding your genes.

“When flying at altitude it is useful to understand your nutritional needs; how well you detoxify; your salt and caffeine sensitivities; your tolerance to lactose and gluten, your antioxidant needs, your sensitivity to weight gain based on your fat intake and what type of exercise best suits your genetic make-up.”

“By simply tailoring your diet when you fly, based on your genes, you can really feel your best, reach your peak performance and ultimately gain a competitive edge.”

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Acropolis Aviation selects Alberto Pinto Design for ACJ320neo

Acropolis Aviation, one of Europe’s leading luxury air charter companies, announced that the cabin of its new Airbus ACJ320neo will be designed by Alberto Pinto Design, based in France.

The first renderings, which show optimum use of the aircraft’s spacious and cutting edge cabin, have been on display this week at EBACE.

Acropolis’ new aircraft will have 19 seats, a private master bedroom with luxury en-suite, and a larger galley fitted out like a real kitchen to cater for its clients’ wishes. read more

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Vertis Aviation marks 1000 hours of Michelin stars in the sky

Vertis Aviation has been highlighting 1000 hours of a two Michelin Star chef flying on board the BBJ in its portfolio, during EBACE this week.

A duo of two Michelin star chefs, Aurélien Misse and Benjamin Laffineur, have collectively flown the equivalent of 17 times round the globe whilst preparing gourmet dishes at altitude on board the Privajet Boeing Business Jet, which is exclusively marketed by Vertis Aviation.

Hailing from the kitchen of famed Belgian chef Yves Mattagne, who holds two Michelin stars in Brussels 

(Sea Grill, Yumé and Atelier Yves Mattagne), the chefs have built a reputation for providing an extraordinary added level of comfort on board the luxurious private jet. read more

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FlightSafety expands its advanced Upset Prevention and Recovery training

FlightSafety International announces a significant expansion of its advanced Upset Prevention and Recovery training program.

It will be offered for the Cessna CJ3, Gulfstream G450, Gulfstream G650, King Air 350 and Pilatus PC-12. FlightSafety’s Upset Prevention and Recovery training was first introduced for the Gulfstream GV and Gulfstream G550 in June 2015. These new courses will become available between now and the end of the year. The location and start date varies by aircraft type.

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Sky Valet network expands with acquisition of Portugal's JetBase

Marking its presence at EBACE this week, Sky Valet, the international ground-handling support services provider, announced that it has completed the acquisition of 100% of the shares of JetBase, the leading FBO Network based in Portugal.

Created in 2008, JETBASE serves the main Portuguese airports (Lisbon, Porto, Faro, Cascais and Beja), on the islands of Madeira, Azores, Cape Verde, as well as in central Africa (Mozambique, Angola). JETBASE is positioned as one of the leading FBOs networks within the South European area with over 4,000 movements per year, and will now operate under the commercial name of Sky Valet. read more

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Across, Mexico’s premium business aviation services provider, has signed a firm order for 23 Embraer business jets.

The contract comprises the purchase of eight Legacy 500, eight Phenom 300 and seven Phenom 100E jets, with an estimated value of over USD 260m at current list price. The firm order was included in the Company’s backlog of the first quarter and the first deliveries already have started.

“This fleet order reflects our growing presence in Mexico and confirms the long-term relationship we are building with Across,” said Marco Tulio Pellegrini, President & CEO, Embraer Executive Jets. “The Mexican market has a solid business aviation utilization culture and Embraer Executive Jets' portfolio is perfectly suited to fulfill the increasing demand for more efficient and reliable aircraft in the region. We are glad to support Across in expanding its best-in-class services.”

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Bombardier launches new cabin management system on Global 5000 and 6000 aircraft

Bombardier has elevated the cabin experience on board its Global family of aircraft with the introduction of a new cabin management system on Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft, redefining the in-flight experience for travelers.

The new system will be available on new Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft as of Q3 2016 and as a retrofit on in-service Global aircraft models. read more

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Swissport Executive Aviation, a business line of Swissport International Ltd., is the winner of the ONDA (Morocco National Airport Authority) FBO tender and will launch the first FBO product at Moroccan airports.

Swissport Executive Aviation will operate facilities in Casablanca, Marrakech, Rabat and Tanger. Jetex was also awarded an FBO tender by ONDA and will be the only other provider of FBO services in Morocco.

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United Kingdom

Stratajet lands $8m investment as booking platform flies through two million quotes milestone

Private aviation booking platform Stratajet has reached a major milestone, only months after going live, whilst securing additional funding from investors.

Stratajet, the only booking platform that provides travellers with real-time and accurate private jet prices, has now quoted over two million aircraft flights, completing this feat in a fraction of the time it would take a traditional broker.

After five years in development, Stratajet’s cutting-edge technology factors in data gathered from all 2,109 airfields around Europe and, via complex algorithms, is able to perform a mind-boggling amount of calculations in order to produce an accurate cost of a private jet flight in just 10 seconds.

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Gama urges bizjet owners looking to sell in current buyers' market to consider refurbishment

New research from Gama Aviation, the global aviation services company, reveals there are around 526 private aircraft for sale in Europe, which equates to approximately 12.7% of the continent’s fleet.

Anything over 10% tends to make it a buyers’ market where those selling have a lot of competition to secure a sale at a satisfactory price.

Gama Aviation believes it makes economic sense for some of those looking to sell their private aircraft to have them refurbished, increasing their chances of securing a buyer and achieving a higher sale price. It estimates that the total value of private jets for sale in Europe is as much as $2.9bn (€2.5bn / £2b), or $5.5m (€4.9m / £3.8m) each.

Gama Aviation has three principle centres of excellence in Europe, where they can upgrade aircraft for a variety of private, commercial and Government clients. These centres are, Farnborough - Beechcraft King Air (civil, military and aeromedical); Fairoaks - Rotary (civil & military), Cirrus and Twin Commander specialists; Oxford - Business jet service centre (Hawker, Bombardier Challenger, Global and Embraer 135/145 specialists).

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International debut for IASO - a unified voice for the aviation services sector

A new non-profit organization, the International Aviation Services Organization (IASO), was unveiled at EBACE on Monday.

IASO’s mission is to provide a unified voice for aviation services companies at airports around the world. Created by a Board of Directors with decades of international industry experience, the organization will champion key issues affecting the air freight, aviation services and logistics sector.

“Our goal is to improve safety and facilitate the highest standards in Aviation Services, working closely with established industry organizations to see how they can benefit in becoming an IASO member,” said Munir Khalifa, IASO President and Founder. IASO provides a direct representative link with other established associations, including IATA, ICAO, AAA and MEBAA, he said, speaking at the launch in Geneva.

IASO members will have access to an online database system - Aviation Ground Services Assessment (AGSA) - for auditing and measuring key risk factors, as well as discounted insurance and expeditious payment for services rendered. A sophisticated arbitration-resolution mechanism ensures ISAO members have access to quality service.

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PrivateFly becomes first UK charter broker to earn ARGUS Certified Broker rating

ARGUS International, Inc. announced in Geneva on Tuesday that PrivateFly - the leading global booking platform for private jet charter - has earned the ARGUS Certified Charter Broker rating, making them the first broker in the UK and only the second broker in Europe to earn this distinction.

As the most recognized and trusted source of information on the charter business around the world, the ARGUS Charter Broker Program raises the bar to meet the high expectations and due diligence requirements of charter consumers and commercial aircraft operators. Although there are many charter brokers in the industry, only the finest can qualify as an ARGUS Certified Charter Broker. The ARGUS Charter Broker Program is fully endorsed by the Baltic Air Charter Association (BACA).

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Paula Kraft, founder and President of Atlanta, GA-based Tastefully Yours Catering.

Hydrate with a Flair for the Dramatic

s warm weather approaches, our need to consume more liquids

In my article two weeks ago I said, "hydrate, hydrate, hydrate," but our passengers and flight crew are wanting something different, something light, something flavorful, something healthy, to help in the hydration process.

Recently I came across a list of the hottest global beverage trends emerging for 2016. In addition to plain water; and water with gas, you are going to get requests for something healthier than heavily sugared sodas; something homeade, something artisian. The statics show a 44% increase in these trends; actually this is 11% higher than last year. The perception is a better-for-you beverage choice. The largest increase in beverage selections is the increase of teas, enhanced waters, coconut water, lemonades, juices, and drinks made of vegetabes. All these 'gourmet' beverage concoctions have a perceived higher health value for those consuming them.

Rather than restocking the aircraft with a multitude of new beverages I have a suggestion of how to incorporate these trends for that added punch to inflight service with only a few new additions to the beverage drawer or to your catering requests.

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Air Culinaire Worldwide opens new in-flight catering facility in Paris

Air Culinaire Worldwide announced the opening of a new inflight catering facility located at Paris-Le Bourget Airport (LBG / LFPB).

The new 800-square-metre facility is CE-Certified - the highest level of certification obtainable in the European market - and halal certified. Located near the main entrance of Le Bourget, it provides quick and easy access to all airport FBOs in order to facilitate clients‟ lastminute orders.

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South Africa

Lanseria Jet Centre joins Signature Select network in Africa

Signature Flight Support marked its presence at EBACE this week with the news that Lanseria Jet Centre Pty located at Lanseria International Airport, South Africa (FALA/HLA) has become the newest Signature Select affiliate.

Mark Johnstone, Managing Director, BBA Aviation Flight Support, EMEA stated, “Signature’s presence in South Africa at Cape Town is now complemented by this agreement with Lanseria Jet Centre. Johannesburg and Cape Town are the two largest aviation hubs in South Africa and this provides our customers with consistent, world-class flight support services. We are very pleased to have Lanseria Jet Centre as part of our growing global portfolio and we are happy to welcome them to the network.”

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United Kingdom

Marshall gains EASA approvals to support Cessna

Shares update on developments at Birmingham, Broughton and Cambridge.

Marshall Aviation Services, part of the Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group, has increased its EASA Part 145 approvals with the addition of the Cessna Citation 560, Citation XL and Citation XLS at its MRO facility in Broughton, North Wales, UK.

The first maintenance input of a Citation XLS was successfully completed on 20th May. The additional types complement the Broughton facility’s long-standing Hawker and Beechcraft work. 

Clive Prentice, Managing Director, Marshall Aviation Services (TS), comments: “We are very pleased to be fulfilling our strategy of widening the portfolio of aircraft to which we can lend technical services and MRO at Broughton and we plan to introduce further types in the near future.”

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SaxonAir continues growth and orders new Leonardo-Finmeccanica AW109SP Grand New helicopter

UK based operator SaxonAir Charter announces at EBACE Geneva the addition of another helicopter to their fleet through the signing of a brand new Leonardo-Finmeccanica AW109SP Grand New.

The helicopter will be operated through SaxonAir's rotary division SaxonAir Helicopters. As well as the operation of a mixed fleet of aircraft from Mustangs to the Gulfstream G550, the company runs its own Helicopter department serving clients around Europe.

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The London Heliport becomes NetJets London Heliport read

PrivateFly named UK's fourth fastest-growing SME for international sales read

April 2016 flight activity cools after 13 months of gains, down 0.6% from April 2015 read

JETNET: March 2016 and Q1 2016 pre-owned business jet, turboprop, helicopter, and airliner market information read

Flexitarians. Paula Kraft, founder and President of Atlanta, GA-based Tastefully Yours Catering. read

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Airbus Corporate Jet Centre unveils Kaolin, a new cabin interior concept combining brightness and fluidity
Airbus Corporate Jet Centre (ACJC) has designed a new versatile ACJ319 cabin concept, Kaolin, which combines modernity, audacity and high-end technologies.
Based on customers’ requests and needs, ACJC’s Creative Design Studio, led by Sylvain Mariat, designed a VIP ACJ319 cabin interior, named Kaolin, giving priority to space, brightness and elegance through curved-lines and white tones. “With this interior we want to offer the perfect balance between modernity, originality and fluidity to match customers’ expectations and lifestyles,” says Mariat.

Certificated for 19 passengers, the Kaolin concept features a large crew-rest zone with five seats, a dining area including club-four and a club-two seating, followed by a large lounge area with a cosy Majliss meeting area. Then the cabin interior proposes an original VIP zone with six individual mini-suites, and finally a master bedroom with a club-seat integrated into the side-ledge, plus an ensuite bathroom.

This unrivalled configuration provides the different cabin functionalities that a customer would expect; namely a public zone for meeting and dinner, and a private zone. The VIP area is the perfect answer with its

six individual suites, fully equipped with the latest technologies, convertible seats and dedicated storage. “By creating curved-line mini-suites, our objective was to create aestheticism which optimizes the living space,” explains Sylvain Mariat. “The integration of a cylindrical sliding bar and evolutive, clover-shaped, low table in the lounge area strengthened this wish,” he adds.

Incorporating state-of-the art materials, such as American White-Oak wood, an 18 carat white-gold bathroom sink with hammered impression and, the most original, an alveolar Limoges porcelain bathroom floor mixing white and mirror effect pieces to enhance subtle light fluctuations, the interior combines quality and audacity. Kaolin also includes the latest high-end IFE and connectivity technologies such as Ka-band, and full High-Definition (HD) Audio and Video On Demand (AVOD).


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