EmPOWER to be installed on 500 narrow body aircraftAugust 2, 2012
Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems Corp. (AES) has signed agreements with various airlines across Asia, Europe, North America and South America to supply the EmPOWER In-seat power system, including line fit and retrofit installations on over 500 narrow body aircraft.
“EmPOWER systems have been installed on long haul aircraft for years, but passengers have begun to expect in-seat power on all flights, on all aircraft models, and in all classes of service,” said President and CEO of Astronics, Peter J. Gundermann. “Our airline partners’ commitment to customer satisfaction lead to their selection of the EmPOWER In-seat power system as an easy solution to keep passengers productive and entertained during their flight.”
Mr. Gundermann added, “We currently cannot disclose the airlines with which we have signed agreements due to the highly competitive nature of the airline industry. Our airline customers prefer to manage the flow of information specific to their fleets very carefully. However, the list is comprised of a broad range of aircraft including the B737, A320, and regional aircraft from Bombardier and Embraer.”
The selected EmPOWER In-seat power systems include the latest generation designs capable of providing up to 200VA per passenger device delivered through AES’s latest outlet unit which combines an 110VAC outlet plug with USB charging capability. In most cases, the system will be installed on all seats in the aircraft thus allowing every passenger access to a power outlet.