APEX Insight: STG Aerospace made several announcements at Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, including new airline customers for its liTeMood square-beam LED reading light and APEX award-winning saf-Tglo blu photoluminescent floor path marking system.
Romania’s largest airline, Blue Air, and leading charter carrier, Titan Airways, are the first to install liTeMood on their Boeing 737NG and 757 aircraft, respectively. The square-beam LED reading light was a 2016 APEX Award finalist in the Best Passenger Comfort category, and is a quick-to-install replacement for standard incandescent reading lights. Additionally, STG Aerospace recently won a major contract to supply Boeing with its next-generation photoluminescent floor path marking system, saf-Tglo SuperSeal UltraLite (SSUL), for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
According to STG Aerospace CEO Nigel Duncan, airlines can save money by updating aircraft lighting, which will have an effect on the entire cabin, instead of focusing on refurbishment, which can be costly. “There’s been a lot of attention on things like the seat, cabin temperature and the quality of the food,” he said. “These are all important, but they’ve been approached in a very individual way. They all interrelate through one medium: light. If you start with the lighting and get that right, you can change the whole ambience of the cabin. Our goal is to illustrate that you can make a huge change to the airplane without actually changing very much at all.”
“Instead of asking airlines what color lighting they want, we ask about the experience they’re trying to create.” — Nigel Duncan, STG Aerospace
Icelandair has selected saf-Tglo blu photoluminescent floor path marking system for its new fleet of Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 aircraft, a change from the green-glowing SSUL (SuperSeal UltraLite) system already on its 757 and 767 fleets. “Saf-Tglo improves the appearance of the cabin, has proven to be highly reliable and will provide Icelandair with cost savings compared to electrical alternatives,” says Sigurður Ingi Ljótsson, Icelandair’s industrial designer.
China Eastern Airlines will retrofit 125 of its 737NG aircraft and linefit its upcoming Boeing aircraft deliveries with saf-Tglo SSUL PatternMatch, with the first 737 to arrive in June this year. “It is our goal to provide the best possible cabin environment for our passengers and as soon as we saw PatternMatch we knew we wanted to incorporate it into our 737 cabin upgrade program,” said Zhaoya Fang, vice-president of Eastern Airlines Technic.
In order to better serve airlines, STG Aerospace has reversed its approach, Nigel explained: “Instead of asking airlines what color lighting they want, we ask about the experience they’re trying to create and what they want to accomplish. And then we solve it from there.”