EL AL Airlines, Israel’s national carrier, has successfully completed the first of 15 installations of Astronics’ newest EmPower in-seat power system on its Boeing 737-800 fleet. Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems (AES), a wholly owned subsidiary of Astronics Corporation, is delivering the production units, for both line-fit and retrofit applications.
EL AL is installing a combination EmPower outlet unit featuring both USB Type-A and USB Type-C connectors in economy class, with a power delivery capability of up to 60W meaning the USB-C connectors can power and charge customer PEDs including smartphones, tablets and laptops. Additionally, EL AL is installing Astronics’ 110VAC and USB outlets in the business class cabins.
“We recognise our passengers’ expectations to have easy access to in-seat power. The type of power they require is changing, so we are looking forward and future-proofing our cabins with the most current technology available,” said Amnon Hammer, director of programme management at EL AL Airlines.
In other Astronics news, subsidiary company Astronics AeroSat has recently executed an agreement with Collins Aerospace to provide its Ku-band tail-mounted satellite communications (SATCOM) antenna technology for the Collins Aerospace KuSAT-2000 solution.