AERQ, the joint venture between LG Electronics and Lufthansa Technik, is collaborating with JOLED with the aim of integrating medium-sized OLED displays in aircraft cabins. JOLED is a Japanese manufacturer of 4K OLED displays, produced by printing technology.
AERQ was founded in 2019 with the aim of developing next-generation digitalised cabin experiences, through a digital ecosystem consisting of an open IT platform, in-seat systems, and cabin digital signage, leveraging LG Electronics’ expertise in display technologies. AERQ has already demonstrated technologies including a welcome board, ceiling panels featuring large OLED displays, and a concept for a class-divider using transparent displays.
JOLED specialises in the R&D and production of medium-sized OLED displays, which to date have been used in applications such as medical monitors, professional monitors and automotive displays. JOLED is now working to expand its range by integrating OLED as a new standard for aircraft cabin displays, via a variety of touchpoints that use medium-sized OLED displays, such as cabin digital signage and in-seat systems. These cabin displays will start shipping soon from JOLED’s new mass production plant in Japan.
Naoto Hikichi, executive officer at JOLED explained, “Our strength is in unique medium display sizes, in addition to the benefits of OLED such as super-thin panels, reduced weight and flexibility, wide viewing angles, enhanced colours, high resolution, and nearly infinite contrast ratios. We think the cabin displays are an adapted application for OLED, because there are restrictions on installation space and weight, and the displays are viewed for a certain period of time at a relatively short distance. With the collaboration with AERQ, we look forward to the introduction of our OLED displays on aircraft as part of the state-of-the-art digital cabin system and helping to enhance the passenger cabin experience.”
Sang Soo Lee, managing director at AERQ added: “An advanced digital ecosystem that adds new value to aircraft will help strengthen the connection between airlines and passengers. OLED displays have the potential to change the conventional concept of cabin displays, and we have been working to bring this innovative display technology on board to the aircraft in a variety of ways. Through the collaboration with JOLED, we are completing our OLED lineup by adding mid-sized displays on top of our existing portfolios from LG Electronics that are 55in and 65in. This will enable us to stay confident that we can take the digital transformation of aircraft one step further.”