News From IFPL, SITA, ACS and More!

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IFPL
As we have seen over the years, IFPL has an impressive range of passenger interface solutions. However, in addition to the existing peripherals, the new USB-Power Delivery and integrated AdPower technology will be demonstrated at this year’s APEX in Los Angeles, CA. Here are a few of the latest power and in-seat solutions you will see on stand #1229 this fall: USB Power Delivery USB Power Delivery is a new standard for charging consumer electronics. This enables airline passengers to power larger portable devices such as laptops and more demanding tablets. As these devices become more common, our products provide a low-cost solution for all airlines. USB-A or USB-C? The line fit USB-A unit delivers in-seat integration and is a cost-effective solution. However, consumer devices are adopting USB-C as standard. Airlines are increasingly asking themselves, what is the best solution for their passengers? IFPL will demonstrate how airlines can easily transition from USB-A to USB-C. The Reversible USB-A and USB-C Rapid Fit combination outlet will allow airlines to support all of their passengers. These solutions incorporate IFPL Intellectual Property and will seamlessly integrate within the seat, delivering high reliability. AdPower Incorporating design and technology innovation, AdPower is the latest solution to monetize USB power. Dave Phillips, Head of Business Development says, “a short passenger advert enables the airline to gain access to ancillary revenue in partnership with their media agency”. This is an innovative way to provide passengers with in-seat USB power that can be monetized by airlines. Inductive Charging By working with leading seat vendors, IFPL will demonstrate the successful integration of inductive charging solutions within the seat. This enclosed unit has high reliability designed-in, resulting in significantly lower Customer Induced Damage (CID).


SITA
When the new departures terminal opens at Buenos Aires’ main airport in October, passengers will be able to check in and drop off their baggage in record time, without having to queue for an agent.

This is thanks to technology from SITA, the global IT provider to the air transport industry, which will ensure the easiest possible passenger journey at Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport (EZE). EZE is managed and operated by AA2000, which runs a total of 35 airport terminals across Argentina.

SITA’s self-service kiosks and bag-drop solutions will enable the airport to efficiently manage more passengers as it aims to increasecapacity by more than 50% by 2021. These new services are part of the masterplan to transform Argentina’s main airport, which also includes a new arrivals terminal and a new control tower.

In the first phase, SITA is installing 34 cutting-edge common-use self-service check-in kiosks and 20 Scan&Fly self-service bag-drop kiosks. These will give passengers the choice of managing the process themselves and enjoying quick and efficient service.


ACS & Latecoere
On July 9th, 2019, Latecoere signed a contract to acquire the monitor business of Aircraft Cabin Systems (ACS), an important monitor supplier for the aeronautics sector based in Washington State, USA. ACS holds more than 100 certifications on products dedicated to IFE (In-Flight Entertainment). Its monitors, which range from 6 to 80 inches, are tailor-made and include several high-tech features (HD, 4K, all types of connectivity, etc.). They are mainly produced in smaller quantities for a large number of aircrafts, including business jets as well as Airbus’ and Boeing’s programs. Thanks to this transaction, Latecoere completes its product range in the aircraft cabin sector, while strengthening their presence in the USA. The transaction was completed in July 2019.

ACS will keep their company name, the products and services offered and their facility will remain in the same location in Redmond, Washington.


AIRBUS
British Airways (BA) has taken delivery of its first A350-1000 at Airbus Headquarters in Toulouse, France, making it the first operator of the larger A350-1000 in International Airlines Group (IAG). In total, BA has ordered 18 A350-1000s. Iberia which is also part of IAG already operates five of the smaller A350-900s. BA’s A350 with its modern and comfortable Airspace cabin will usher in new levels of comfort with the launch of the Club Suite, the first new business class seat for British Airways in 13 years. The airline’s sophisticated and newly-branded ‘Club Suite’ offers direct-aisle access, a suite door for greater privacy and luxurious flat-bed seats in a 1-2-1 configuration. The three class layout includes 56 Club Suites, 56 World Traveller Plus and 219 World Traveller economy seats. BA, celebrating its 100th anniversary, will initially use the aircraft to fly between London and Madrid prior to flying long-haul routes from September. BA operates a fleet of over 150 Airbus aircraft from the smallest A318 to the largest A380. At the end of June 2019, the A350 XWB Family had received 893 firm orders from 51 customers worldwide, making it one of the most successful wide-body aircraft ever.

Also from Airbus: An Airbus A220-300 flight test aircraft will visit six Asian destinations as part of a demonstration tour across the region. After a stopover at Seoul’s Incheon Airport the aircraft heads to Yangon (Myanmar), the first location of the demonstration tour. The aircraft will then visit Hanoi (Vietnam), Bangkok (Thailand) and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) before heading north to Nagoya (Japan). The A220 is the most modern aircraft in the 100-150 seat market. It delivers unbeatable efficiency and passenger comfort in its size category, with 20 percent lower fuel consumption than previous generation aircraft. The A220 being used for the demonstration tour in Asia is an Airbus flight test aircraft fitted with a typical single class passenger cabin. During the A220 demonstration tour, customers and media will be offered a close up view of the aircraft’s outstanding characteristics, comfort and performance that benefit both operators and passengers alike.

Ireland’s national carrier Aer Lingus has taken delivery of its first of eight A321LR aircraft, becoming the first airline in International Airlines Group (IAG) to operate the type. The aircraft on lease from Air Lease Corporation is powered by Leap CFM engines and configured in a two class layout with 16 business and 168 economy seats. The Dublin based carrier will deploy the aircraft on transatlantic routes to the US East coast. Aer Lingus currently operates a total of 50 Airbus aircraft including 13 A330s and 37 A320 Family aircraft. The A321LR and the A330 combined within the same fleet is a powerful lever to cover the needs of the medium to long haul markets.The A321LR is a member of the A320neo Family, with over 6,600 orders by more than 100 customers. It delivers 30 percent fuel savings and nearly 50 percent reduction in noise footprint compared to previous generation competitor aircraft. With a range of up to 4,000nm (7,400km) the A321LR is the unrivaled long range route opener, featuring true transatlantic capability and premium wide-body comfort in a single aisle aircraft cabin.


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