January 7, 2016 – According to Rockwell Collins, Air France Industries will soon upgrade four Airbus A330 aircraft for one of its customers with the company’s PAVES passenger services system (PSS). The standalone reading light and cabin crew call system with USB charging port is claimed to bring several benefits, including a reduction in aircraft weight.
Depending on the system it replaces, Rockwell Collins says that PAVES PSS can bring weight savings that exceed 1,000 lbs, saving millions of dollars annually through reduced fuel costs. Other claimed benefits of PAVES PSS include the flexibility to operate as an independent system or with a variety of passenger entertainment solutions, including wireless, connectivity or overhead IFE; power efficiency; and a reduction in recurring maintenance costs.
“Our PSS provides a long-lasting solution to ensure that twin-aisle cabins are equipped for the future,” said Greg Irmen, vice president and general manager, flight controls and information systems for Rockwell Collins. “A big challenge airlines face with legacy reading light and cabin call systems is dealing with obsolescence. With PSS, airlines can rest easier knowing they can meet regulatory requirements and keep their aircraft in service.”
Rockwell Collins teamed with Air France Industries on this cabin solution, with Air France Industries designing the installation. Deliveries of PAVES PSS to Air France Industries will begin later this month.