Astronics Corporation Selected By Iberia Airlines To Supply EmPower(R) In-Seat Power Systems With USB Power


EAST AURORA, NY, January 5, 2011 – Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO), a leader in advanced, high performance lighting, electrical power and automated test systems for the global aerospace and defense industries, today announced that it has been selected by Iberia Airlines, the Spanish flag carrier, to supply its EmPower® in-seat power systems for the airline’s economy cabins. Iberia currently utilizes Astronics’ EmPower® products in its business class cabins. The first installation will take place in 2011, and the initial program covers the entire economy cabin, or 267 seats, of seven Airbus 340-300 aircraft.

Iberia Airlines is the launch customer for the newest generation of EmPower® products that were introduced at the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) Conference & Exhibition (formerly the World Airline Entertainment Association) in Long Beach, California in September. The order includes the newest in-seat power supply system which provides up to 200VA per passenger, USB power outputs, and the integrated AC and USB outlet unit.

“Leading airlines around the world recognize that our EmPower® in-seat power systems are the industry standard. Selection of our newest EmPower® products by Iberia Airlines is a testament to our innovation and the technology that we continue to develop in order to meet the increasing needs of airline passengers,” noted Peter J. Gundermann, President and CEO of Astronics Corporation.

Astronics is the market leader in bringing power to passengers and airline personnel, and its EmPower® in-seat power systems are used to enhance passengers’ flying experience by powering their personal electronic devices and laptop computers as well as aircraft in-flight entertainment systems. The Company’s systems have been installed on over 150 airlines to power over 500,000 seats.


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