Mystery airline to fit humidification system to A350 business class


Aircraft humidity control systems company, CTT systems, has announced that an undisclosed airline has selected its Inflight Humidification (IFH) system to be line-fitted to the business class cabins in its Airbus A350-900 fleet, scheduled for delivery from Q3 2019 to 2023.The IFH system, powered by onboard humidifiers, is designed to help passengers stay hydrated, aiding better taste, improving quality of sleep and reducing the effects of jetlag.

Modern widebody aircraft such as the A350 and B787 have made great progress in lowering cabin altitude, reducing noise and vibrations, generating draft-free and fresher air, multiple temperature zones and advanced mode lightning. Basic configured A350 and B787 aircraft obtain a claimed passive increase in humidity of 1-2% relative humidity(RH) over older aircraft types, but CTT says this is still too dry – drier than any of the driest climates on earth. In a business class cabin without a humidification system, air humidity is just 6-10%RH. Optional cabin humidifiers, available as SFE on the Airbus A350 XWB and Boeing 777X, can raise RH to 20%, according to the company.

“This is the second airline award this year for IFH in business class on A350-900. Further, two airlines this year have selected humidification for first and business on the Boeing 777X,” stated Peter Landquist VP of sales & marketing at CTT Systems.

CTT Systems has also received a recent order from Fokker Techniek BV to supply a Cair VIP IHS for an Airbus ACJ319neo. The system installation will increase humidity throughout the entire aircraft cabin, which requires support from two humidifiers. This award is CTT Systems’ 91th order for Airbus ACJ/Boeing BBJ VIP aircraft, though its first for an ACJ319neo VIP aircraft.

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