Posted on: 23 June 2016 by Mark Howells
Astronics Corporation’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems (AES), has announced that three major airlines in Asia are set to install its newest EmPower in-seat power system.
This system includes various EmPower configurations, including 110V 60Hz as well as high-power (2.1A) USB for use with laptops and other personal electronic devices such as iPads and smartphones.
The new contracts will see EmPower equipped on board more than 230 additional aircraft serving the Asia Pacific region including Boeing 737s, 737-800s and 737 MAXs as well as Airbus A320s and Bombardier CS300s.
Mike Hettich, VP cabin electronics for Astronics AES, commented, “Statistics show that 97% of global passengers travel with their own mobile devices. Airline carriers worldwide are responding to their passengers’ requests for power at the seat to keep their devices operational during the flight and fully charged for when they arrive at their destination.”
The installations will take place between 2017 and 2021 and are valued at more than US$16 million.