HUNCHED OVER DRAWING BOARDS OR toiling with frames, foam and fabric on workroom floors, designers and manufacturers of cabin seating have a steady stream of work from airlines engaged in that never-ending quest to gain a competitive edge and win the loyalty of coveted premium passengers. Their designs must be innovative as well as functional, while materials must be lightweight, durable and meet stringent certification requirements. Even when times are tough, as they are today, the ...

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