London, United Kingdom | April 4, 2016– Rockwell Collins’ PAVES™ Passenger Service System (PSS) has been certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for Airbus A330 aircraft. The company teamed with Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) to design, install and achieve the supplemental type certificate (STC) as part of a cabin upgrade for an A330 from AERCAP.

Rockwell Collins’ PSS is a standalone, cost-effective reading light and cabin crew call system with USB charging ports that replaces discontinued or unsupported systems.

Depending on the system it replaces, PAVES PSS can bring weight savings that exceed 1,000 pounds, producing millions of dollars saved annually from a significant reduction in fuel cost. Other benefits of upgrading to PAVES PSS include:

Flexibility to operate as an independent system or with a variety of passenger entertainment solutions, including wireless, connectivity or overhead IFE such as PAVES Broadcast
Greater efficiency as it requires much less power to operate than legacy systems
Improved reliability resulting in a noticeable reduction in recurring maintenance costs.
In a very limited timeframe, adaptiveness and expertise of the AFI KLM E&M part 21 team allowed them to design and certify an innovative solution to integrate this system on A330, but also on every other next aircraft type. This flexible system has been installed in AFI KLM E&M hangar in Amsterdam, with the support of Rockwell Collins team onsite.

“Obsolescence of legacy reading light and cabin call systems, which are required to sell a seat, will soon become a reality that many airlines have to face,” said Greg Irmen, vice president and general manager, Flight Controls and Information Systems for Rockwell Collins. “The innovative installation approach that AFI KLM E&M and Rockwell Collins took during this upgrade and resulting certification makes avoiding obsolescence easy and will more than pay for itself in the long run.”

“In a market where we have to propose innovative and cost-effective solutions to our customers, on a tighter schedule, AFI KLM E&M and Rockwell Collins teams created and implemented together a perfect tailor-made answer,” said Sami Smaoui, vice president, Aircraft Modification for Air France Industries.

PAVES PSS is part of Rockwell Collins’ complete portfolio of PAVES IFE and connectivity solutions that meet the passenger engagement needs of any airline, including seat-centric IFE, broadcast and wireless IFE, high-speed broadband connectivity, moving map and passenger services systems.

“With the huge proliferation of personal devices travellers now want access to the wealth of quality content that’s out there, and we offer our customers a cohesive cross-platform solution that lets them engage seamlessly with digital press content at their leisure.”

Andrew joins the DMD team at Aircraft Interiors Expo on April 7 – 9 in Hamburg, Germany for his first such event.

He looks forward to meeting current and future customers, and to gaining intensive experience in how the IFEC and wider aviation industries might partner with Digiredoo to best enhance their PaxEx propositions.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates | October 28, 2014– Abu Dhabi International Airport, in cooperation with Plaza Premium Lounge Management Limited (PPLML), the pioneer and industry leader in premium airport services, today revealed its newly renovated Al Reem lounge by Plaza Premium Lounge in Terminal 1 as part of its commitment to providing world-class services to travelers using the international hub.

Abu Dhabi International Airport is a vital transportation hub for the region and one of the fastest growing airports in the world. The number of passengers using Abu Dhabi International Airport in 2014 is more than triple the number reported in 2006. As such, the airport has undertaken extensive upgrades to its facilities to ensure it continues to meet passengers’ expectations as Skytrax’s ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’.

Mohammed Al Bulooki, Chief Commercial Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “Abu Dhabi Airports chooses to partner with the private sector’s best concessionaires in order to offer passengers a world-class experience when travelling through Abu Dhabi International Airport. The airport continually looks to improve its facilities and services to meet both the growing number of passengers and their high expectations. There are many more improvements and new additions planned for the coming months that will ensure Abu Dhabi International Airport continues to raise the bar on customer experience.”

“Al Reem lounge at Abu Dhabi International Airport will focus on catering to business class passengers and in the coming months our capital city’s airport will also announce the opening of its all new first class Al Dhabi Lounge” added Al Bulooki.

To ensure world-class standards, Abu Dhabi Airports last year entered into a partnership with Plaza Premium Lounge for the renovation, management and operation of all of Abu Dhabi International Airport’s hotels and lounges in Terminals 1 and 3.

“Abu Dhabi International Airport is an airport with a great and dynamic vision that is admirable in all accounts, their development plans are in the forefront of aviation and we are proud to embark of this journey with them. We will be leading the Premium Airport Service development, in addition to Al Reem, we have plans to give Al Dhabi and Al Ghazal a facelift, we will also be bringing new conveniences to the unique Airport Hotel, changing the way you travel in Abu Dhabi International Airport,” said Mr. Song Hoi-see, Founder and CEO of Plaza Premium Lounge Management Limited, “The reopening of Al Reem by Plaza Premium Lounge brings a world-class experience to the airport in design, function and efficiency – with our lounges in Abu Dhabi, you are promised a travel experience that is first-class.”.

The redesign by lounge operator PPLML brings its international lounge service and design standards to AUH offering a refreshed contemporary lounge with local touches. The 4,500 square feet lounge is based on the concept of providing comfort and convenience to travelers and aims to deliver an ambience of luxury while providing a ‘home away from home’. Together with renowned designer Kinney Chan of KCA Associates, the PPLML team introduces its signature detailed touches to the airport lounge, this is highlighted by the Plaza Premium Lounge signature chandelier, which was designed about 8 times the original size.

The lounge spans three floors and offers a wide spread of Arabic, Asian and Continental Cuisines made daily in the state-of-the-art kitchens, must-try multi-cultural dishes are on offer. The lounge offers free Wi-Fi connection and laptops upon request for those wanting to catch up on some work in between destinations. A fully-serviced shower room is on hand with amenities to refresh between flights. A variety of International TV Channels are available for entertainment and those that crave reading can enjoy an extensive selection of international newspapers and magazines.