Airbus Commences in-flight Trials of Connected Cabin Technologies

 Wednesday, September 11, 2019

AirbusAirbus has commenced in-flight trials of IoT* connected cabin technologies on board an A350-900 Flight Lab aircraft – to be shortly revealed to customers. In doing so, Airbus becomes the first aircraft manufacturer to undertake such flight-testing of actual connected cabin innovations. The platform, known as the Airspace Connected Experience, was unveiled at the APEX Expo last year. It will usher in a new personalised experience for passengers and provide opportunities for improving airlines’ ancillary revenues and operational efficiencies.

 

 

The Flight Lab is one of the original A350-900 certification flight-test aircraft – MSN002 – and is fitted with an Airspace cabin which now serves as the ideal platform to evaluate the new connected cabin technologies in flight. To this end, and in conjunction with our best-in-class cabin partners, an initial set of working elements have been installed. These include prototypes of the connected iSeat (Recaro), the Connected Galley (gategroup), a remote wireless cabin management control system, a large OLED display and importantly, the first step of Airbus’ new “IoT backbone” which includes an open software platform. These innovations are all now being tested in flight – together with others to be revealed in due course to customers.

 

 

The connected cabin ecosystem will enable significant value-adding services for passengers, airlines and crews. Possible examples include:

 

 

 

 

 

Source:- Airbus

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