Heath Tecna to Trial Project Amber Interior in 737NG Fleet with QantasDate: 10/07/2012
Farnborough, UK, July 10, 2012 – While attending the Farnborough International Airshow today, Gary Chris, VP of Sales and Marketing for Heath Tecna, shared great news with Washington state Governor Chris Gregoire that the company’s newly developed retrofit cabin interior, code named Project Amber, will soon be flying with launch customer Qantas Airways in the fourth quarter of 2012. Project Amber is a pivot bin interior that is designed to replace the OEM interior on Boeing 737s and 757s, bringing contemporary styling, increased baggage capacity, and an appreciable openness to maturing narrow-body cabins. Heath Tecna will supply the first shipset of its new interior to the airline for a trial run on a 737-800NG aircraft and will obtain a STC for the new interior configuration. Retrofit equipment for the launch aircraft will include a ceiling panel rework kit, overhead bin valances, a uniquely configured pivot bin system, a bin assist system, passenger service units, and underbin class dividers.
“I’m elated to reveal our partnership with Qantas to launch the trial of Project Amber as part of their plans to upgrade their 737NGs’ performance capabilities and cabin appearance, as well as their passengers’ flight experience” says Gary Chris, VP of Sales and Marketing for Heath Tecna. “By installing Project Amber’s patent pending pivot bin system, Qantas passengers will enjoy a 30-40% increase in overhead stowage capacity, allowing additional roller bag space for customers. Furthermore, the bin assist system will help to close fully loaded bins more easily, new PSUs will offer an intuitive layout, and travelers will enjoy extra head room as the new pivot bins arch upwards.”
Qantas Domestic Chief Executive Officer Mr. Lyell Strambi said “Qantas is pleased to be the first airline in the world to partner with Heath Tecna to trial new overhead stowage bins for our Boeing 737-800 fleet. The easy stowage of carry-on baggage is important for our customer experience and the trial will allow us to test a new design.”
And it’s not just existing aircraft that will benefit from the innovative pivot bin designs of the new Heath Tecna cabin interior. “Other airlines have also approached us about outfitting new Boeing 737NG aircraft with Project Amber rather than take delivery of aircraft with the Boeing Sky Interior overhead bins” added Mr. Chris. “This is due to Project Amber’s pivot bins being able to hold a larger bag size than the BSI’s bins can accommodate, and more importantly, because Project Amber’s interior design has been fine-tuned to hold approximately 36-42 more roller bags per cabin than the BSI, depending on the cabin’s configuration.”
About Project Amber
Project Amber is the code name of a new PBI (pivot bin interior), which Heath Tecna has been developing as a cost effective retrofit kit to replace the Next-Generation interior on Boeing 737 and 757 aircraft. The goal of the project was to design and supply a spacious interior architecture with a new
aesthetic, which utilized existing structural components and offered a pivot bin system to increase stowage capacity for roller bags in the cabin.
At the heart of Project Amber’s design is a pairing of odd sized pivot bins that allow passengers to transversely stow up to seven roller bags on their sides per 80 inch module supplied. By installing the new overhead components, stowage capacity will increase by up to 86 roller bags per cabin depending on the aircraft’s OEM bin type and interior configuration. The pivot bins, which improve bin loading and ease access to seats, are part of an interior upgrade system that also includes a ceiling panel rework kit, half-oval lowered ceilings, overhead bin valances, mechanical or electronic bin latching, a bin assist system, end caps and end fillers, modern styled PSUs, underbin class dividers, sculpted sidewalls with wider looking reveals, emergency exit door surrounds and door liners, as well as a mood lighting system.
Airlines, operators, and aircraft lessors may choose to have the complete kit installed, or they can elect to retrofit the baseline kit – which includes a rework kit for ceiling panels, overhead bin valances, a pivot bin system, and PSUs – with optional architectural elements or systems that are deemed important to them.
Once the interior is certified to fly for Qantas Airways’ 737NG upgrade program, Heath Tecna plans on marketing the interior upgrade system as the Amber Interior.
About Heath Tecna
Heath Tecna is a global leader in the design, manufacture, and certification of highly engineered aircraft interior products. It is a provider of premium services for the aerospace industry and is a part of the Zodiac Aerospace group.
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