Posted on: 23 March 2016 by Mark Howells
Aer Lingus has contracted Airline Services Interiors (ASI) to refit three of its Boeing 757-200 aircraft with lie-flat Thompson Aero Vantage business class seating, Zodiac Inflight Innovations’ in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems and in-seat power from Astronics.
This work marks the first time the Thompson Aero Vantage seat will be certified on a B757, and is being carried out to complement Aer Lingus’s Airbus A330 featuring the Aer Lingus Shamrock. ASI is also refurbishing the 757-200 with new economy seating.
Zodiac Infight Innovations’ modular RAVE Centric IFE offers a range of choices for different cabins including the option of a wireless second screen, different display sizes, customisable peripherals, integrated USB charging and all of the latest features including harmonisation with airline mobile applications.
ASI will also provide a newly designed class divider arrangement, producing new windbreaks and curtains. It will also provide parts to support the aircraft installation including infill panels, threshold strips, tedlar trim, raceways, PSU and PSU infill panels and hoses along with the backbone cabling and shipside wiring changes.
“We are very pleased to have been selected to work with Aer Lingus/ASL Airlines on their tried and trusted B757 aircraft,” said Mark Stevens, director of sales and marketing, ASI. “Being entrusted with this important programme reaffirms our reputation for developing timely, innovative solutions to meet our customers’ cabin refurbishment requirements. It comes hot on the heels of our success with One World partner and International Airlines Group sister company, British Airways, where we are engaged in a B747-400 seat IFE modification upgrade programme involving 18 aircraft, through to summer 2016.”
Design work was agreed for the three aircraft in October last year, while a fourth aircraft, commissioned in January, will be complete by May this year.
“We are seeing increased opportunities for aircraft enhancement work for older aircraft which are proving popular owing to residual values and relatively low oil prices,” added ASI’s CEO, Mike Humphreys. “This makes extending the life of an aircraft a more viable proposition and a niche we are capitalising on.”