New CEO at Inairvation outlines approach to innovation


Ulrich Gehling – who has held executive roles at Pilatus Aircraft, Grob Aerospace and RUAG Aviation, among others – became CEO of Inairvation in August 2018.

“I am excited about the potential of integrated cabin innovation,” said Gehling. “The fusion of F/List’s high-end aircraft furniture with Lufthansa Technik’s state-of-the-art cabin technology is just a perfect strategic fit. This joint venture provides a unique opportunity taking integrated VIP aircraft cabin design to the next level of passenger comfort.”

Gehling is launching a new strategic line of business with dedicated ‘innovation sprints’. Thorough analysis is conducted to identify the pain points of the cabin’s various stakeholders. Then, involving all stakeholders’ input, Inairvation intends to provide tailored, integrated solutions for aircraft OEMs, completion centers and MRO facilities.

Essentially, Inairvation acts as a know-how pool and ‘innovation agent’ for its parent companies, F/List and Lufthansa Technik. The goal is to develop integrated interior solutions that solve specific issues efficiently and swiftly and thus generate competitive advantages for customers.

These integrated solutions will focus on very specific issues as well as general areas that could be improved. Based on customers’ needs, Inairvation will supply tailored one-off solutions as well as complete integrated cabins for new aircraft production.

“The new Inairvation approach employs Agile and Scrum methods to generate quick and efficient results to maximize customer benefit,” said Gehling.

“Focused innovation sprints are performed by Inairvation with the participation of the customer, other stakeholders and a dedicated team of specialists out of the Inairvation network with the aim of generating solutions rapidly.”

New CEO at Inairvation outlines approach to innovation

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