Boeing has appointed Collins Aerospace to be the long-term provider of next-generation lavatories for the B737 family of aircraft. The modular lavatory – a clean-sheet design – includes touchless functionality, the latest micro-LED lighting technology, and gives airlines customisation options for trim, finish and lighting as well as access to an expanded catalogue of options.
The module also has a centralised computing system that controls the various touchless components, which include sensor and infrared-enabled features that can be 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.
The computing system can be scaled to provide component health monitoring, predictive maintenance, amenity management and modularity, allowing for future integration of additional technologies and passenger amenities.
The modules can be replaced within hours, allowing upgrades to occur over time, or for lessors to quickly cater for changes requested by operators.
“We believe this advanced lavatory will be the standard for single-aisle aircraft for years to come,” said Troy Brunk, president of aircraft interiors at Collins Aerospace, which has been a lavatory supplier for Boeing 737 airplanes since 2013. “The next-generation lavatory enables a degree of choice not typically afforded to narrow-body operators, with the flexibility and integrated technology for simple and efficient customisation and installation of upgrades.”
The next-generation lavatory is expected to be available on new B737 airplanes beginning in 2025, with installation available in 12 separate cabin locations and several different lavatory variations to choose from, including an accessible lavatory for passengers of all mobilities.