As a successful family business, we’ve been crafting our textile manufacturing skills for the past 160 years.
We are proud of our long and illustrious textile manufacturing heritage, and the knowledge and experience that comes with this.
We have worked with airlines for around 50 years. Our team understands what you need, and the levels of comfort and enjoyment that enhance the in-flight experience.
You can see how our history unfolds around some of the key events in the history of aviation and the aviation industry.
John Horsfall History
First passenger aeroplane service in USA – lasted four months (St Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line).desert
First nonstop transatlantic aeroplane flight (John Alcock and Arthur Whitten-Brown).desert
First round-the-world aeroplane flight.desert
First jetliner passenger service started between London and Johannesburg.desert
John Horsfall sold its first airline blankets – to British Airways, Kuwait Airways and Malaysian Airlines.forest
First Queens Award for Export 1993. Further awards were won in 1998 and 1999.forest
Boeing 777’s first flight.desert
Peter Horsfall Benson became the current Managing Director (5th generation of the Horsfall family).forest
Beginning of offshore production in India and China, enabling the company to diversify to a larger range of products including duvets, pillow and table linens.forest
John Horsfall China office established.forest
Airbus A380 Super Jumbo’s first passenger flight.desert
Airbus’ A320neo aircraft was the first of the more fuel efficient ‘neo family’ to be introduced to service by an airline.desert
Boeing 787 Dreamliner’s first flight.desert
WHO declared the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus a ‘pandemic’, this would lead to global travel restrictions and the effective shut-down of the global aviation industry for over 18 months.desert
John Horsfall acquired Orvec, allowing the company to further diversify the product range.forest
Virgin Atlantic & British Airways joint take-off from Heathrow on 8th November marks the first Transatlantic passenger flight since the 2020 Covid-19 shutdown.desert
First flight in history with 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel in both engines on a commercial aircraft.desert
John Horsfall won ‘Best for OnBoard Textiles’ award in the OnBoard Hospitality awards for their Premium Economy Textiles collection with Finnair & Marimekko.forest