Expected impact

Expected impact

General Impact

The main impact of FUCAM will be the end users’ satisfaction so as to eventually develop the best cabin product meeting the needs and requirements of the Asian market. Some essential aspects, such as accessibility, safety, comfort, connectivity from point to point and availability of new contents and services (mails, internet, films, etc.) will be addressed during the collection of passengers’ requirements, with the aim to introduce these innovations to the market. Other aspects, such as efficient cabin installation/re-configuration, power and data distribution, communications and electro-magnetic radiation, will be addressed through the identification of the airline's requirements. Considering these requirements will ensure the maintenance of high industrial competitiveness (lead time, final assembly time) and that they will be capable of managing production growth. 

Technology Impact

The FUCAM project will contribute to mature the level of readiness of the cabin technologies and concepts, thus enlarging the scientific impact for the participants and for the wider community in Europe and Japan. Therefore, the ultimate technological goal of FUCAM is to raise the TRL level of the selected future cabin concept for Asia from TRL1 to TRL3.

Business Impact

The joint work between Europe and Japan within the FUCAM project will produce a very significant leverage effect for the business of the partners on both sides. Addressing the Asian markets with a dedicated product will certainly increase the airlines’ and passengers’ customer satisfaction, and thus increase sales and market shares for both the aircraft manufacturer (OEM) and the cabin equipment suppliers.

For the European members, working with Japanese partners will surely open the doors to new high growth markets thanks to a better knowledge of the Asian environment, and thanks to a better tailoring of the product to these markets. This tailoring, as a key differentiator to the competition, will surely be a success factor in Asia. For the Asian members, the project will allow to demonstrate their capabilities in providing technology and research excellence to support European companies. Reinforcing the connection with the aircraft manufacturer will allow them to become an important player in its supply chain, for the Asian market and beyond, for the global market.

Overall, this partnership will strengthen business and political relationship between Europe and Japan. To measure the performance of the developed cabin concept regarding the potential business impact, a simple business case will be prepared for each concept and will be validated by the respective partners.

Open Knowledge Impact

From the Knowledge side, the cultural analysis to be performed by the academic partner will increase the understanding on the Japanese and Asian culture, to the benefit of a wider European and Japanese community. Likewise, the methodology developed for the ideation and creation of the cabin concepts will become a standard that could later be applied to other products and markets beyond Asia. The potential to mature the level of readiness of the concepts developed within this project as well as of the applied technologies can be achieved by involving different partners representing the key stakeholders (the aircraft manufacturer OEM, the manufacturer of cabin interiors, the operator and the user both represented by University partners), ensuring the maturity of the concepts regarding their specific interests and requirements. The collaboration with the Japanese partners in the FUCAM project also allows the gathering of customer feedback and customer testing on new product ideas and concepts that are not necessarily part of the product development plans of the involved companies. The European partners will get a better understanding of the Asian market demands and the way of working of Japanese companies and research institutes.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 690674.

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