Premium wood for premium passengers

Ever stop and think about what goes in to the process of getting the fancy wood veneer products airlines use in their premium cabin seats? Me, neither. Fortunately, however, someone did. And the story is a lot scarier (or sexier, depending on your view of such things) than I expected. Deals with local “families” for protection or access are not especially rare and gunshots are a risk in the industry.

All that fancy wood veneer has to come from somewhere, right??
All that fancy wood veneer has to come from somewhere, right??


It is a fascinating story and one which will have me thinking twice next time I settle in to a premium seat and admire the wood grain inlays. Someone likely worked mighty hard to make that happen. And, to be fair, a lot of the fancier (and more rare) woods end up on private jets rather than commercial aircraft, but still a crazy fun story to read.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

One Comment

  1. And that veneer and the glue required is rather toxic meaning spending too much time next to it is increasing your cancer risk. In the grand scheme of things, it’s not a game changer, but just an incremental add to toxic in-cabin air (see the British Airways issue going on with in air toxicity leading to potential crew member deaths).

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