Lufthansa Technik unveiled new ways to keep feet warm and devices charged at Aircraft Interior Expo
HAMBURG, Germany - Lufthansa Technik presented two cabin products at this year's Aircraft Interiors Expo in Germany, inlcuding HeatNOW, which is a heating system for floor panels in addition to three options for USB charging offer inflight power to passengers.
With HeatNOW, together with the Austrian company Villinger, Lufthansa Technik's engineers have developed a new approach for floor panel heating by introducing a self-regulating heated coating: its internal electrical resistance increases with higher temperatures. Thereby, hot spots and possible damages resulting from thermal effects are avoided. Layers of carbon fiber protect the heated coating on both sides. Thanks to the thin and flexible design of the heating pad it can be removed and exchanged without much effort.
Lufthansa Technik will offer HeatNOW as a complete installation kit, readily assembled for different aircraft types. The system is currently being tested for approval in the Airbus A320 as well as the Boeing 737 and 757.
The need to recharge laptops, smartphones and tablets is constantly growing among passengers. Lufthansa Technik now offers three solutions for USB charging: either installed in the overhead panel or directly attached to the seat, while the latter option also offers additional revenue possibilities.
The first solution can be installed in the passenger service unit within the overhead panel and is supplied by the energy of the reading lights.
Easily attached to any kind of seat, the second solution does not affect the existing aircraft seat certification (ETSO/TSO) and enables the passenger to find the USB plug easily.
The third option furthermore adds the possibility for airlines to opt for generating ancillary revenue by displaying advertisements or letting passengers pay for recharging.
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