Collins next generation 737 lavatory

Boeing 737 to fly with Collins’ next-generation lavatory

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Boeing has again selected Collins Aerospace to provide lavatories for its 737 family of aircraft.

A lavatory supplier on Boeing 737s since 2013, Collins’ next-generation lavatory is expected to be available on new 737 airplanes from 2025, with installation available in 12 separate airplane locations and several different lavatory variations to choose from, including an accessible lavatory for passengers of all mobilities.

The clean sheet, modular design provides maximum change flexibility, efficiently. Modules can be replaced within hours, enabling upgrades to occur over time or lessors to quickly cater for changes dependent on their specific operator.

An expanded option catalogue gives customers a large selection of à la carte offerings to create a more bespoke final product, such as trim, finish and lighting, unique to their fleet of aircraft.

Sensor and infrared-enabled touchless technologies are activated with the wave of a hand. A touchless faucet comes as standard, with touchless amenities such as toilet flush, waste bin, soap dispenser and toilet seat/lid as upgrade options.

An advanced centralised computing system controls the suite of touchless components and can be scaled to provide component health monitoring, predictive maintenance, amenity management and modularity, allowing for future integration of additional features.

“Collins’ long-standing relationship with Boeing and specifically our shared history on the 737 lavatory program have made our work on this next-generation 737 lavatory a truly collaborative project,” said Cynthia Muklevicz, Vice President of Business Development for Collins Aerospace. “Years of co-operation, hard work and innovation have culminated in a final product that provides increased airline value, a clear path for future technology integration and improved passenger amenities.”

Troy Brunk, President of Interiors for Collins Aerospace, added: “We believe this advanced lavatory will be the standard for single-aisle aircraft for years to come. The next-generation lavatory enables a degree of choice not typically afforded narrowbody operators, with the flexibility and integrated technology for simple and efficient customisation and installation of upgrades.”

SIA'a new business class Throne seat

Singapore Airlines unveils new narrowbody cabin experience

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SIA'a new business class Throne seat

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has launched new cabin products, which will be rolled out on its narrowbody Boeing 737-8 fleet in the coming weeks, as the carrier replicates the onboard experience with that of its widebody fleet.

Singapore Airlines has invested around S$230 million on the development, design, and installation of the new industry-leading cabin products, which elevate the standard for short- and medium-haul travel on board narrowbody aircraft.

Lee Lik Hsin, Executive Vice President Commercial, Singapore Airlines said: “This is the culmination of three years of innovation and hard work, involving extensive customer research and close partnerships with designers and suppliers. As a result, we can now offer customers a premium travel experience across our entire full-service network, no matter how long or short their journey.

All of SIA’s 737-8 aircraft will have 154 seats in two classes, 10 in business class and 144 in economy class, with new cabin products featuring bespoke elements that have been designed especially for the SIA customer.

Designed by London-based Factorydesign and manufactured for Singapore Airlines by Thompson Aero Seating, the business class seats are arranged in a forward-facing staggered 2-2, 1-1, 2-2 abreast configuration. AIM Altitude has provided the accompanying front row monuments.

Measuring up to 22 inches in width, the business class seat reclines directly into a comfortable full-flat bed (76 inches). These seats are made with premium materials with bespoke embroidery in custom patterns and textures. The seat cushions and covers use the same soft furnishings as those found on SIA’s medium-haul aircraft, providing a higher level of comfort for short-haul flights.

The business class seat is designed to wrap smoothly in a cocoon-like formation around the customer, which enlarges personal space and provides better privacy. A divider between the adjacent seats provides a new stowage area for personal items, as well as the bi-fold meal table. Other features include USB charging ports and in-seat power supply, a reading light with adjustable brightness, mood lighting, and a pocket under the monitor that provides easy stowage during taxi, take-off and landing.

The two standalone business class seats (seats 12B and 12J) have additional table-top and stowage spaces, and a side stowage compartment equipped with a mirror and LED light.

Andy Morris, VP Commercial at AVIC Cabin Systems, said: “We are really proud of the look and feel of the seating we have produced for Singapore Airlines. The design and layout of the seats makes the single-aisle Boeing 737-8 feel spacious, and the colour scheme, materials, and optional extras selected by Singapore Airlines have given an extra touch of luxury. The Vantage is such a versatile seat, with many optional features and customisation opportunities, it perfectly complements our VantageSOLO offering.”

The economy class seat, built by Collins Aerospace, offers improved space and comfort with its sleek slim-line design. The latest generation seat model in its class, the seat comes with a contoured backrest for better support and four-way adjustable headrest with foldable wings.

Singapore Airlines has selected Panasonic Avionics’ eX1 IFE solution for its new fleet. The system features full-HD seatback monitors in both the Business Class and Economy Class, complete with capacitive touch screen displays and USB charging ports. Each Business Class seat’s IFE comes with an additional handset and in-seat power outlets.

Singapore Airlines has also selected global in-flight connectivity services from Panasonic Avionics which can deliver average speeds up to 100 megabits per second (Mbps) to the aircraft, with peak speeds reaching 200 Mbps and higher. The airline’s in-flight connectivity experience, powered by Panasonic Avionics’ global network of high-speed, high-bandwidth satellites will deliver a host of next-generation connectivity benefits, including fast internet and in-flight mobile phone services.  This will enable the airline to meet the growing connectivity demand of travellers today and into the future.

The passenger experience made possible by these IFEC solutions also includes the company’s immersive 3D in-flight map platform, ArcTM. This visually stunning, in-flight map experience brings a wide range of innovations to the traditional map application, helping to increase overall customer engagement and loyalty made possible through a fully integrated IFE and connectivity system. The agreement with Singapore Airlines represents the first launch of Panasonic Avionics’ Arc map platform on the 737-8 platform.

“This significant investment demonstrates Singapore Airlines’ commitment to maintaining our leadership position in the airline industry. As air travel recovers, our customers can continue to enjoy world-class products and award-winning service across our fleets.”

SIA’s 737-8 aircraft will progressively enter into service on short- to medium-haul flights across the Airline’s network in the coming weeks.

Collins Aerospace has officially inaugurated its new interiors facility in Lenexa, Kansas near Kansas City.

Collins Aerospace officially opens new centre of excellence

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Collins Aerospace has officially inaugurated its new interiors facility in Lenexa, Kansas near Kansas City.

Collins Aerospace has officially inaugurated its new interiors facility in Lenexa, Kansas near Kansas City.

The 279,000-square-foot facility is double the size of previous facility with room for further expansion and is the US center of excellence for Collins’ Interior Products portfolio – supporting galley inserts, oxygen systems and lighting product lines.

The new facility has a focus on engineering, new product development, unique manufacturing processes and a robust maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) service area to strengthen the growth of Collins’ Interior Products portfolio and aftermarket service and support organisation.

“This new facility is an investment in Collins, our customers and the Lenexa community we’ve called home for more than half a century,” said Brad Haselhorst, Vice President and General Manager of Interior Products at Collins Aerospace. “We’ve been fortunate to be able to tap in to the talented and diverse workforce in the Lenexa and greater Kansas City area and look forward to the continued growth of our workforce here as we strive to better support our customers.”

The new Lenexa site also includes office space, an expanded laboratory space, a large manufacturing floor and loading docks for more efficient distribution.

British Airways is continuing with the roll out of its newest business class seat, Club Suite, as it continues to retrofit the seat across its Boeing 777 fleet, with the roll out expected to be completed by the end of 2022.

British Airways rolls out Club Suite to Boeing 777 fleet

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British Airways is continuing with the roll out of its newest business class seat, Club Suite, as it continues to retrofit the seat across its Boeing 777 fleet, with the roll out expected to be completed by the end of 2022.

British Airways is continuing with the roll out of its newest business class seat, Club Suite, as it retrofits the seat across its Boeing 777 fleet, with the project expected to be completed by the end of 2022.

The airline already has retrofitted a number of its Boeing 777 aircraft with the latest seat and will be working with Collins Aerospace to ensure the rest of the airline’s 777 aircraft are fitted with the new cabin. Collins will also perform full-cabin integration work – including engineering design, test and approval – along with program management and third-party supplier approvals.

The airline’s sophisticated Club Suite was first rolled out in July 2019 on the first A350 and since then has been installed on the Boeing 787-10 aircraft. The Club Suite is a customised version of Collins Aerospace’s Super Diamond business class seat and offers direct-aisle access, a suite door for greater privacy and luxurious flat-bed seats in a 1-2-1 configuration. Boasting 40% more storage, including a vanity unit and mirror, Wi-Fi, 18.5-inch in-flight entertainment screens, high-definition gate-to-gate programming and PC/USB power, the Suite is similar to the upgraded cabin on British Airways’ new Airbus A350 fleet.

As part of its commitment to the North Atlantic, all British Airways flights to JFK from London Heathrow will be operated by an aircraft that has the airline’s Club Suite product.

Sajida Ismail, Head of Inflight Product at British Airways, said: “When we launched our Club Suite product, it was a huge hit with our customers who loved the privacy the new seat offers. We are focused on the roll out of this product and other cabin enhancements to ensure we deliver on our commitment to provide the very best British quality, style and comfort for our customers.”

Trevor Skelly, General Manager Integration Engineering for Collins Aerospace, commented: “The upgraded Club World cabin raises British Airways’ already high standards and provides commonality across their fleet of aircraft. Our Integration Engineering team has worked closely with British Airways designers for several years to bring the latest in business class comfort, style and privacy from concept to reality.”

As part of the upgrade, the airline’s Club Kitchen is also getting a makeover with new Club chillers and built-in storage for snacks, drinks and other refreshments, allowing customers in Club World to help themselves to refreshments at their leisure.

The latest generation of the First cabin including the introduction of the First suite door will also continue to be rolled out across the airline’s B777-300 aircraft. The First suites were meticulously designed based on our customers’ feedback, the cabin puts comfort at the heart of the experience and makes the very best use of the generous space designed for just a few customers at a time.  The suite includes a fixed 23-inch high-definition in-flight entertainment screen that can be controlled with an integrated handset.

Manufacturing of the new suite seat is being completed at the company’s facility in Kilkeel, Northern Ireland, while the new Club Kitchen was designed at the company’s facility in Everett, Washington.

StandardAero has delivered its first Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion modification/upgrade on a Bombardier Challenger 604.

StandardAero upgrade cockpit for Bombardier Challenger 604

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StandardAero has delivered its first Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion modification/upgrade on a Bombardier Challenger 604.

StandardAero has delivered its first Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion modification/upgrade on a Bombardier Challenger 604. The first installation aircraft departed StandardAero’s Springfield, Illinois maintenance facility on 24 September 2021.

The installation was supported by a Collins Aerospace Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) and the Pro Line Fusion upgrade removes the existing cathode ray tube displays and replaces them with touchscreen capable liquid crystal displays. The modification allows for features such as LPV, synthetic vision, multi-scan radar, graphical weather and FANS-1/A, giving operators more functionality and situational awareness in the cockpit. The modification also addresses obsolescence issues inherent to the existing CRT displays.

The total work scope on this Challenger 604 aircraft also included the installation of a Collins Aerospace Venue Cabin Management System and a complete cabin interior refresh.

“The Fusion upgrade helps to keep this aircraft on the leading edge, well into the future, with enhanced capabilities and staying pace with the functionality of current production aircraft coming off the assembly line,” said Mike Creek, Avionics Sales Manager for StandardAero Business Aviation. “Operators are showing a lot of interest in these upgrades and we expect continued demand throughout this year and next.”

Astronics antenna for Collins Aerospace's LuxStream IFC

Collins Aerospace awards Astronics with follow-on IFE contract

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Astronics antenna for Collins Aerospace's LuxStream IFC

Collins Aerospace has awarded Astronics Corporation a US$19 million order for business jet connectivity equipment to be delivered in 2022.

The order is a follow-on to the approximately $11 million order announced in February 2021.

There has been growing demand for Collins’ business aviation connectivity solution LuxStream, which provides high-speed world-wide connectivity to deliver a broad variety of remote conferencing services and streaming entertainment.

“We are excited to support the growing success of the Collins Aerospace Ku-band connectivity service,” said Michael Kuehn, Astronics CSC President. “We believe this order validates the continued success of Collins’ connectivity services and the performance of Astronics’ connectivity hardware. Astronics is committed to developing and producing the best connectivity hardware for airborne platforms.”

Collins Venue CMS

Flying Colours Corp. installs blended Venue and Alto switches

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Collins Venue CMS

Flying Colours Corp., has completed a 240-month heavy inspection for a Bombardier Global aircraft, that has included the installation of a Collins Venue Cabin Management System, blended with Alto Aviation switches. The controls are specifically designed to fit into previous switch panel location holes resulting in a solution that maximises client budget and reduces installation time significantly.

To support the existing Ka-band connectivity upgraded routers were repositioned to support cabin and flight deck connectivity. To optimise rest, relaxation, and productivity the AIMSKYLAB sound proofing system was integrated, considerably reducing noise in the cabin. Externally the aircraft fuselage was stripped and repainted to deliver an as new look to the airframe.

“Our experience installing the blended Venue and Alto Switch offering and our capacity to fulfill maintenance, interior, paint and avionics tasks makes Flying Colours Corp. an attractive choice for aircraft owners. Undertaking all the work at a single venue reduces down time and maximises budget which is also very appealing. For this customer the result was an improved ownership experience with improved connectivity, reduced noise levels and a new-look fuselage,” explains Eric Gillespie, Executive VP, Flying Colours Corp. “We have a consistent pipeline of Global heavy checks coming through the facility and our experience just keeps strengthening. This makes us a great option for owners looking for a provider that can meet all their maintenance, interiors, repairs and overhaul needs.”

The 240-month inspection involves completely stripping the aircraft down to the frame, enabling an in depth look at the aircraft fuselage to check for signs of everything from stress fractures to corrosion, as well as other issues that may have affected the structural integrity of the aircraft. The cabin was also laid bare, with panels, carpets, insulating surfaces floorboards, monuments, fairings, and side ledges removed for assessments and overhauls.

Image: Collins Venue CMS.

Collins Aerospace unveils Lilac-UV

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Collins Aerospace has unveiled an ultraviolet (UV) lighting solution to sanitise aircraft interiors almost anywhere a light is installed inside an aircraft.

Lilac-UV uses technology developed by Boeing as part of a licensing agreement granting Collins the ability to build on Boeing’s UV technology for in-flight operation.

The new Collins-developed sanitising lighting system operates with an intelligent dosage controller – for scheduled cleanings and manual treatments – and an occupancy detector for enclosed spaces, like an airplane lavatory.

Lilac-UV emits a slight violet light that, claims Collins, disinfects surfaces in seconds to minutes, depending on lamp configuration and specific pathogen. Lilac-UV can be applied in lavatories, galleys, flight decks, cargo bays and throughout the cabin, and can be set for scheduled cleanings or manual applications during or between flights.

“At the heart of this project is the desire to continue to build the public’s trust and confidence in air travel as passengers return to the skies,” said Cynthia Muklevicz, Vice President of Business Development for Collins Aerospace. “Collins and Boeing share the common goal to redefine air travel, a commitment to collaboration and the technical research and development expertise to bring this game-changing, hygienic technology to market for the benefit of air-travellers around the world.”

“Our design allows for installation anywhere in the cabin with minimal or no hardware design changes, enabling users to switch to a higher power lamp or change the number of lamps based on application,” said Bridget Sheriff, vice president of engineering at Collins Aerospace. “The intelligent controller automatically adjusts to manage power consumption and offers scientifically proven disinfection of spaces during and between flights.”

Lilac-UV sanitising system will be available for new cabins or retrofittable to existing interior spaces.

Collins Aerospace is to acquire privately held aviation company FlightAware.

FlightAware to join Collins family

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Collins Aerospace is to acquire privately held aviation company FlightAware.

Collins Aerospace is to acquire privately held aviation company FlightAware.

Following closing, Houston-based FlightAware, which provides global flight tracking solutions, predictive technology, analytics and decision-making tools, will join Collins’ Information Management Services portfolio within the company’s Avionics strategic business unit.

“Global connectivity now shapes and impacts every segment of aviation. FlightAware is the recognized leader in data collection, analytics and customer experience, which will help Collins unlock the full power of the connected ecosystem for our customers,” said Dave Nieuwsma, Collins Aerospace’s head of Avionics. “FlightAware’s flight tracking and data platform, the largest in the world, has the potential to deliver new capabilities and innovations across our entire business.”

“The world’s aerospace companies and aircraft operators are looking to digital aviation to provide the next revolution in aviation efficiency and reliability,” said Daniel Baker, CEO of FlightAware, “and we are excited to join Collins Aerospace and Raytheon Technologies at this pivotal time to continue to lead that revolution at an even broader scale.”

Financial terms of the agreement have not been disclosed.

Business class on Aeroflot's retrofitted cabin on its Boeing 777 aircraft.

Aeroflot unwraps first retrofitted Boeing 777

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Business class on Aeroflot's retrofitted cabin on its Boeing 777 aircraft.

Aeroflot has unveiled its first long-range Boeing 777 aircraft with a retrofitted cabin. By end of 2021, Aeroflot will refurbish the cabin interior on two more aircraft.

The aircraft can accommodate 427 passengers: 28 Collins Aerospace Super Diamond NG seats equipped with sliding doors in business class, 24 seats in ‘Comfort’ class and 375 seats in economy class.

All seats come in high-quality jacquard upholstery. The seat pitch in economy class averages 80 cm, in ‘Comfort’ class – 96 cm. Business class passengers can enjoy individual suites, offering sliding doors, an extra armrest, 18.5-inch HD monitor and 2-metre full-flat bed.

Passengers travelling in all classes of service can access latest generation Panasonic Ex3 multimedia in-flight entertainment system. Paid for high-speed internet access (up to 30 Мb/sec) is available on board.

The airline will operate the retrofitted Boeing 777 on all popular international and domestic routes, including Dubai, New York, Los-Angeles, Mahe, Delhi, Yerevan, Bishkek, Baku, Tashkent, Khabarovsk, Vladivostok, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.

The cabin reconfiguration programme is being undertaken by Boeing who is performing engineering work and supplying component kits. Boeing was awarded the contract to modify passenger cabins on 18 of the Russian flagship carrier’s 777-300ERs, during the 2019 Moscow Air Show.