Collins next generation 737 lavatory

Boeing 737 to fly with Collins’ next-generation lavatory

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Collins next generation 737 lavatory

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.”

All Nippon Airways (ANA) is introducing the first hands-free doors to domestic flights.

ANA to install world’s first hands-free lavatory doors on 21 aircraft

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All Nippon Airways (ANA) is introducing the first hands-free doors to domestic flights.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) is introducing the first hands-free doors to domestic flights.

Partnering with JAMCO Corporation, the innovative door was developed as part of the ANA Care Promise initiative and will help limit potential vectors for the transmission of pathogens.

“Guided by the principles of ANA Care Promise, we have continued to invest in the development and implementation of innovative technologies because the health and safety of passengers and our staff is the top priority,” said Shinichi Inoue, Senior Executive Vice President, Customer Experience Management & Planning. “The hands-free lavatory door is the latest example of us putting this principle into practice as we look for ways to make the travel experience safer and more convenient.”

The new lavatory door is equipped with a large inner door locking knob and an additional handle so that passengers can use their elbows to unlock the door. Because the door mechanism is different to those found on other aircraft, signage has been placed near the lavatory to provide operational instructions.

The hands-free lavatory will be installed on 11 Boeing 787-8 aircraft, two Boeing 787-9 aircraft, and eight Boeing 777-200. The initial installation will be for aircrafts serving domestic routes, while ANA hopes to introduce the system to all domestic and international aircraft in the future.

JAMCO hands-free door lock and handle

Jamco and ANA test hands-free lavatory door

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JAMCO hands-free door lock and handle

Jamco Corporation and All Nippon Airways (ANA), have unveiled a hands-free lavatory lock knob and door handle, developed jointly as part of the ANA Care Promise and Jamco’s “Project Blue Sky” initiative respectively.

The solution allows passengers to use their forearm or elbow to open the door and return to their seats with their hands remaining clean.

According to Jamco, the hands-free lavatory lock knob and door handle are low-cost items which don’t burden airline operational budget and can be installed simply over night by airlines to the existing lavatories without major modification.

ANA is the development partner for the hands-free products, expected to be launched soon as the first operator.

Jamco’s hands-free lavatory door system is the only product worldwide to roll out a demonstration with an airline, having been tested at Tokyo Haneda Airport in August, and well-received by the majority of passengers.

JAMCO hands-free door lock and handle

Jamco unveils Project Blue Sky hands-free lavatory technologies

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JAMCO hands-free door lock and handle

Jamco Corporation has unveiled its new hands-free lavatory lock knob and door handle, which allows passengers to unlock and open the lavatory door without using their hands. The hands-free lock and handle system are designed to utilise passengers’ elbows and forearms to operate the familiar lock and handle system on the lavatory door.

The patent-pending hands-free lavatory door lock and handle are part of Jamco’s Project Blue Sky initiative, a global, collaborative effort of the company and its affiliates to develop and produce touchless, hygienic cabin interior products for the aerospace industry.

Jamco is also developing new hands-free and low-touch concepts for other areas within the lavatory such as the toilet seat/lid and waste flap to minimise contact in these high-touch areas, reducing the possible spread of germs, as well as reducing the need for disinfection.

Embraer has given a series of cabin enhancements its Praetor 500 (pictured) midsize and Praetor 600 super-midsize business jets.

Praetor cabins receive multiple enhancements

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Embraer has given a series of cabin enhancements its Praetor 500 (pictured) midsize and Praetor 600 super-midsize business jets.

Embraer has given a series of cabin enhancements its Praetor 500 (pictured) midsize and Praetor 600 super-midsize business jets.

With 100% fresh air capability, Embraer has made the HEPA filter standard on all Praetor aircraft. Additionally, Embraer has tested and approved the use of MicroShield360 ― a preventative coating system that, when applied to aircraft interiors, continuously inhibits the growth of microbes on surfaces.

Embraer has also developed the only electric lavatory pocket door in the midsize and super-midsize categories. Certified by ANAC in early June 2020, and recently validated by EASA and the FAA, the Praetor 500 and Praetor 600 are the only aircraft in the medium cabin segment to have the emergency exit door in the lavatory, while complying with the latest cabin safety requirements. This new optional feature, which allows the passenger the comfort of opening the lavatory door by just pressing a button, is now available for delivery in both new Praetor jets, and is retrofittable on both Praetor and Legacy 450 and 500 models (starting in the fourth quarter of 2020).

The new electric lavatory pocket door allows 100% of the Praetor aircraft to have the emergency exit in the lavatory — even those under FAA Part 135 operations

“The Praetors truly lead the way as the most disruptive and technologically advanced aircraft in their respective categories for features such as the best-in-class Environmental Control System and cabin altitude. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the incorporation of new health and safety technologies is paramount, which is why we are proud to deliver even more value to Praetor customers with this series of cabin enhancements,” said Michael Amalfitano, President & CEO, Embraer Executive Jets. “Furthermore, with the certification of the new electric lavatory pocket door, the Praetors combine the cleanest cabin environment and compliance with the most stringent operational requirements, such as Part 135.”

HAECO Cabin Solutions has launched three devices to upgrade aircraft lavatories to hands-free operation. The pre-certified devices include an electric foot-controlled switch for flushing toilets; an infrared sensor-based waste basket lid for disposal of toilet waste, and a refillable hand sanitiser dispenser, eliminating the need for disposable sanitising wipes and paper towels. The dispenser may also be used in other areas of aircraft interiors.

HAECO Cabin Solutions launches lavatory upgrades for hands-free operation

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HAECO Cabin Solutions has launched three devices to upgrade aircraft lavatories to hands-free operation. The pre-certified devices include an electric foot-controlled switch for flushing toilets; an infrared sensor-based waste basket lid for disposal of toilet waste, and a refillable hand sanitiser dispenser, eliminating the need for disposable sanitising wipes and paper towels. The dispenser may also be used in other areas of aircraft interiors.

HAECO Cabin Solutions has launched three devices to upgrade aircraft lavatories to hands-free operation.

The pre-certified devices include an electric foot-controlled switch for flushing toilets; an infrared sensor-based waste basket lid for disposal of toilet waste, and a refillable hand sanitiser dispenser, eliminating the need for disposable sanitising wipes and paper towels. The dispenser may also be used in other areas of aircraft interiors.

HAECO Cabin Solutions is offering these upgrades individually, to allow airlines to choose the device or devices that would provide them the greatest value.

Doug Rasmussen, President and Group Director of HAECO Cabin Solutions, said: “In our current environment and expectations for the future, passengers would greatly benefit from these enhancements to on-board sanitation. These devices are already familiar to consumers, and we can certify their use in aircraft for integration into the aircraft cabin.

ST Engineering and Acumen Design Associates have partnered to announce the launch of ACCESS, a new aircraft lavatory to offer passengers with reduced mobility (PRM) more space.

ST Engineering and Acumen Design Associates launch “world’s first” expanding aircraft lavatory

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ST Engineering and Acumen Design Associates have partnered to announce the launch of ACCESS, a new aircraft lavatory to offer passengers with reduced mobility (PRM) more space.

ST Engineering and Acumen Design Associates have partnered to announce the launch of ACCESS, a new aircraft lavatory to offer passengers with reduced mobility (PRM) more space.

The addition of a moving wall means the lavatory is able to expand, offering 40% more space for passengers. This will allow access for wheelchairs and  a carer if needed, to use the facilities with ease. It is also a solution which provides PRM with more privacy. 

Acumen Design Associates have produced this product drawing from feedback providing by disabled passengers in product testing sessions. Many of the introduced features are aimed to make transfers easy and quick as well as more hygienic and pleasant. The addition of more grab bars, anti-slip floors and innovative hygiene technology, plan to improve the experience for all passengers.

Mary Doyle, Founder and Owner of Rocket Girl Coaching, stated: “As an independent manual wheelchair user for many years, I’ve experienced the good and bad of aircraft lavatories… and believe there are four main things which can improve the on-board experience: more space, highly sanitised work surfaces, greatly improved physical supports for unassisted transfer and anti-slip flooring.”

Cassandra Sexson, Director of Business Development at ST Engineering, added: “Having worked with Acumen to identify the main accessibility issues with current lavatory designs, ACCESS is able to offer airlines an innovative new product that tackles one of the biggest issues faced by disabled passengers when they fly.”

The expansion can be easily maneuvered by a crew member using a latch on the outside wall and when not expanded, the lavatory can still be used as normal. There is no reduction in galley space or seating capacity with no necessity for airlines to change cabin layout to fit this new installment. 

“Many disabled passengers avoid flying because of the compromises they have to make – especially when using the on-board lavatory,” said Daniel Clucas, Senior Designer at Acumen Design Associates. He added, “ACCESS can ensure disabled travellers have the space, privacy and support features in place to never have to worry about that again.”