Aftermarket Providers Branch Into New Aircraft Textile Offerings

Credit: Lantal Textiles

1. Branching Into Interior Materials 

Company: AJW Technique Interiors

Product: AJW Group recently launched AJW Technique Interiors, which specializes in aircraft interiors, innovative materials for seat covers and the manufacturing and supply of headrest covers, life-vest pouches and carpet kitting. The subsidiary is AJW’s first foray into offering textile capability in-house. It has signed a 10-year partnership agreement with Autostop Aviation, the producer of the synthetic airline leather product Skyleather, under which it will provide a tailored solution for the design, development and production of replacement seat covers. 

2. Easy Textile Customization 

Company: Lantal Textiles

aircraft textile
Credit: Lantal Textiles

Product: Lantal Textiles specializes in the design and production of carpets, seat cover fabrics and curtain fabrics, as well as ready-made textile parts such as seat covers, literature pockets and pre-cut carpets. It can carry out entire refurbishment projects for airlines, including development, engineering, certification and production. Lantal recently created a product line called Essentials Stock that features a selection of precoordinated textile designs and colors that are available off the shelf and can be mixed and matched to easily customize a cabin interior. The company also recently launched a line of wool-blend seat cover fabrics that feature self-hygienic properties, which Lantal says can kill 99.97% of virus load.

3. Investing in Textile Capabilities

Company: S7 Technics

aircraft textile worker
Credit: S7 Technics

Product: In the past few years, Russian MRO S7 Technics has invested in more facilities and capabilities for aircraft textiles. In 2019, it launched an aircraft seat cover repair facility at its Novosibirsk Tolmachevo maintenance base, which features workshops to produce soft components such as seat covers, curtains and partitions. The facility also features equipment and tooling for restoring leather items. Its Moscow Domodedovo Airport shop invested in equipment to repair and sew interior textile elements in 2018, including a cutting machine that reduces manual labor in seat cover production. S7 Technics also offers fire-resistance testing for textiles such as fabrics and carpet coverings. 

4. New Foam Features

Company: Fellfab

row of aircraft seats
Credit: Fellfab

Product: Fellfab specializes in manufacturing textile interior products for commercial aircraft, including seat covers, armcaps, class-divider curtains and panels, and wet and dry carpet kits. Headquartered in Hamilton, Ontario, Fellfab also has manufacturing facilities in Texas, North Carolina and Georgia—the last of which also features an FAA-certified seat cover repair and refurbishment program. Fellfab recently added a line of fabricated foam products made from recyclable materials for seating and crew-rest mattresses that it says increases comfort and longevity. It also launched new textile-based class dividers that incorporate airline logos against a laminated foam back.

5. Textile Cleaning and Repair

Company: Biomex Aerospace

sample of aircraft textile repair
Credit: Biomex Aerospace

Product: Lisbon-based Biomex Aerospace specializes in interior textile cleaning and repair services for aircraft owners and MROs. Its aircraft leather repair station specializes in recoloring and repairing damage such as scratches, cuts, wear and color fading, and it has developed an in-house process to repair and recover leather seat covers manufactured from synthetic materials. Biomex also offers deep-cleaning services for carpet, upholstery fabric and leather, including protective treatments against stains and UV rays on fabric or leather. Its mobile repair team can travel to customer sites to provide cleaning, protection and repair services. 

Lindsay Bjerregaard

Lindsay Bjerregaard is managing editor for Aviation Week’s MRO portfolio. Her coverage focuses on MRO technology, workforce, and product and service news for, Aviation Week Marketplace and Inside MRO.