KIRKLAND, Wash. Officials at several major airlines in the Asia-Pacific region have selected EmPower in-seat power and flight deck power systems from Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems (AES), a wholly owned subsidiary of Astronics Corp. (NASDAQ:ATRO), in Kirkland, Washington, for use in Airbus and Boeing narrow-body aircraft.
Several major airlines in Asia, including two Chinese low-cost carriers, will install the EmPower systems from 2018 to 2025 to deliver in-seat power within 500 additional narrow-body aircraft serving the Asia-Pacific region.
The systems include various EmPower configurations, including 110-volt, 60-hertz and high-power (2.1 amp) USB for use with laptops and other personal electronic devices (PEDs), such as Apple iPads and various smartphones. The Flight Deck Power System includes high-power (2.1A) USB as well 110V AC to power electronic flight bag tablets.
“Airlines throughout the Asia-Pacific region continue to invest in upgrading and expanding their narrow-body fleets, incorporating a ‘bring-your-own-device’ entertainment strategy that requires convenient access to power,” affirms Astronics President and CEO Peter J. Gundermann. “Astronics is honored that these airlines continue to select our EmPower system solutions to power the information devices used by crews in the cockpit plus the personal electronic devices used by passengers in the cabin.”
For more than 20 years, Astronics has developed and delivered intelligent power management systems to the world’s aerospace industry. With more than 1 million outlet units delivered, the patented EmPower in-seat power system is currently in service with over 230 airlines.
Located in Kirkland, Washington, Astronics AES is a manufacturer of aircraft electrical power systems, including power generation and distribution.
Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ:ATRO) serves the world’s aerospace, defense, and semiconductor industries with proven, innovative technology solutions. Astronics works side-by-side with customers, integrating its array of power, connectivity, lighting, structures, interiors, and test technologies to solve complex challenges. For 50 years, Astronics has delivered creative, customer-focused solutions with exceptional responsiveness. Today, global airframe manufacturers, airlines, military branches, completion centers and Fortune 500 companies rely on the collaborative spirit and innovation of Astronics.