Astronics and HAECO Cabin Solutions have collaborated to jointly integrate SmartTray passenger electronic device (PED) holder technology for inclusion on HAECO’s Vector economy seats’ in-arm tray tables.

Offered by Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems (AES), the licensed PED holder technology enables passengers to use their PEDs in a hands-free environment while gaining valuable tray table space.

Astronics’ SmartTray technology is backed by over 11 patents covering PED holders on tray tables located on the seatback, in-arm, as well as for numerous mechanical and articulating concepts.

In addition to the sub-license offering, Astronics also offers several configurations of PED holders for ready installation into all types of tray tables in any class of seat.

Initial installations of the SmartTray in HAECO seats has begun, with units already flying on a large international carrier’s A350 equipment.

Aaron Clarke, vice president of Cabin Electronics at Astronics AES, commented: “With more airlines offering streaming entertainment straight to passenger devices, the SmartTray’s built-in PED holder enables airlines to easily improve passenger comfort for a minimal cost.”

“SmartTray offers advantages that set our seats apart in delivering a unique, comfortable passenger experience,” said Jose Pevida, SVP of Engineering and Product Development at HAECO Cabin Solutions.

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