East Aurora, NY | April 7, 2015– Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO), a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace and defense industries, announced today that it has entered into an agreement with SmartTray International, LLC to exclusively market, sell, and manufacture SmartTray’s new passenger device-friendly aircraft tray table solutions that facilitate hands-free use of portable electronic devices (PEDs) including smartphones. The tray tables offer air travelers superior ergonomics, better space management, and improved comfort and convenience over conventional tray tables.

“SmartTray’s solutions are best-in-class and represent a strong opportunity for Astronics as they are complementary to our leading EMPOWER® aircraft in-seat power systems,” said Pete Gundermann, CEO of Astronics. “With our existing industry relationships, proven track record of customer support, and portfolio of over 190 airline customers, Astronics is perfectly positioned to enhance the passenger experience by combining PED power and the convenience of an ergonomic tray table to manage passenger carry-on devices. Under this exclusive agreement, Astronics will deliver SmartTray’s patented solutions to airlines and seat manufacturers globally, and airline passengers will enjoy the power and convenience they desire,” added Mr. Gundermann.

“We could not be more proud to partner with Astronics,” said Nick Pajic, CEO and Founder of SmartTray International. “With millions of air travelers using their mobile phones and electronic tablet devices on airplanes for work and entertainment, airline operators are in need of simple, practical, and cost effective solutions that make using and stowing PEDs inflight more convenient and easier. SmartTray products do exactly that,” added Mr. Pajic.

  • IFE Services and SmartTray announce strategic partnership for a winning combination in in-flight entertainment.

Knutsford, Cheshire, UK | August 30, 2013– Leading in-flight entertainment provider, IFE Services, announced today a strategic partnership with SmartTray International LLC.

“We’re very pleased and excited to include SmartTray in our portfolio of solutions for our customers,” said Andy McEwan, CEO of IFE Services. “SmartTray aligns perfectly with our focus to enhance the delivery of our world class in-flight entertainment.”

“The combined offerings by IFE Services, a very strong global content provider and leading innovator in the world of in-flight entertainment and SmartTray’s revolutionary IFE platforms, make for a winning combination,” said Nick Pajic, Founder & CEO of SmartTray International LLC.

IFE Services works with a broad client-base worldwide topping 50 airlines and cruise ship operators. The company’s headquarters are in Cheshire, UK with regional offices located in Madrid, Singapore, Santiago, Sao Paulo, Nairobi, Kuala Lumpur, Oberhausen, Johannesburg and Irvine, California.

Earlier this month, SmartTray X2 was nominated by APEX for the Avion Award for Best Achievement in Technology. The 2013 winner will be announced at the upcoming APEX/IFSA 2013 EXPO on 9th September 2013, in Anaheim, California.

SmartTray proprietary platforms, SmartTray X1, X2 and X3, make using portable electronic devices in-flight easier, help protect fragile devices from falling and breaking in-flight, greatly enhance the traveler experience and make the cabin safer for passengers and in-flight crews.