April 14, 2016 – Astronics Corporation has announced its collaboration with AirPac and CIT Aerospace in the deployment of SmartTray tables onboard InterJet, the Mexican airline, for its A320s. AirPac is a provider of aircraft seating services and an FAA and EASA certified repair station, while CIT Aerospace is an aircraft financing services provider.
SmartTray seatback tables feature an integrated, expandable groove mechanism that automatically expands and retracts to the thickness of passenger electronic devices (PEDs) and smartphones. This configuration allows passengers to use their electronic devices inflight hands-free while freeing up tray table space for other items.
Dennis Markert, director of new business development for Astronics, said, “A study that we completed in January of this year shows that more than 90% of travelers prefer SmartTray over conventional aircraft tray tables. This high level of positive feedback tells us that this product has terrific potential.”
Lisa Rajic, president and CEO of AirPac added, “We both see SmartTray as a sizable opportunity for us to work together. Airlines routinely replace tray tables, so why not provide a better traveler experience in the process?”