Virgin Australia has opted to install BAE Systems’ IntelliCabin in-seat power system to one of its Boeing 737-800 aircraft for a trial period, to gauge customer demand across its network. The system will provide 110vAC and USB charging capabilities at every seat, which complements the wireless IFE system on the aircraft.
Virgin Australia’s head of product development, Ben Asmar, stated, “The IntelliCabin In-Seat Power solution is attractive due to its power demand monitoring, which ensures all guests have power when they need it most. The small under-seat footprint of the solution ensures we don’t compromise on guest comfort.”
BAE Systems will develop the supplemental type certificate for the Boeing 737-800, with entry into service slated for the second quarter of 2017. The system combines both alternating current (AC) and high-powered USB outlets. Current in-seat power systems are typically mounted at the seat, with power converters taking up passenger legroom, luggage space, or both. Because the IntelliCabin system employs a centralized power converter with small ‘Smart Junction Boxes’ that fit into conventional airline seats, this issue is eliminated.. Development and production will take place at BAE Systems’ US locations in Endicott, New York and Fort Wayne, Indiana.