AAR Announces MOU with Vision Systems to Integrate Electronically Dimmable Window Solutions for Aircraft Retrofit Programs in Asia & the Middle East
February 16, 2016
Official signing to take place during the Singapore Airshow
SINGAPORE, February 17, 2016 – AAR, an industry-leading provider of aviation aftermarket services and nose-to-tail solutions for commercial airlines, original equipment manufacturers and governments, announces Wednesday at the Singapore Airshow it has been selected by Vision Systems, a market leader in solar protection solutions, to integrate Electronically Dimmable Windows (EDW) solutions for retrofit programs in Asia, Middle East, Africa and North America.
Media are invited to attend a signing ceremony Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 12:30 p.m. at AAR’s Booth No. S01. Executives from both companies will be on hand to answer questions about the partnership, the science behind the dimming technology, and the benefits, including lower maintenance costs, downtime and air conditioning consumption.
The EDW developed by Vision Systems is based on Suspended Particle Device (SPD) technology used to enhance passengers’ experience by improving visual and thermal comfort. The windows’ sleek, elegant design and their capacity to block heat and noise convey a peaceful, spacious and cooler atmosphere as passengers enter the cabin. Once seated, passengers can regulate daylight, glare and heat entering the aircraft by dimming their window to any level from clear to dark, or set a dark mode if they wish to sleep.
The technology blocks more than 99.9 percent of harmful UV light, which protects the interior from fading. It can be applied to flat or curved surfaces (2D, 3D), plastic or composite glass. The EDW solutions come as a whole to replace the entire inside window including the casing and the dust panel. The EDWs are already installed in Dassault F5X (skylight), Epic E1000, Airbus Helicopters H175, RUAG’s refurbished Falcon 900 and HondaJet HA-420. There are currently several new projects under way, especially on commercial aircraft.
"Vision Systems’ Electronically Dimmable Windows use technology to create common-sense creature comforts that enhance passenger experience and, at the same time, enable airlines to reinforce their brand and improve customer satisfaction, leading to customer loyalty and retention," said Michael Leung, Managing Director, AAR Engineering Services-Asia. "AAR is pleased to partner with an innovator such as Vision Systems who, like AAR through our interior modifications, upgrades and installation of world-class cabin solutions, is raising the bar on the passenger experience."
Other AAR executives expected to be at the booth include:
John Holmes, Chief Operating Officer, Aviation Services
Rahul Shah, Sr. Vice President, Strategic Growth & Business Development Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa
Deepak Sharma, President of International Supply Chain
Colin Gregory, Vice President of Sales, Singapore
Chris Jessup, AAR’s Chief Commercial Officer
AAR is a global aerospace and defense aftermarket solutions company that employs more than 6,000 people in over 20 countries. Headquartered in the Chicago area, AAR supports commercial and government customers through two operating segments: Aviation Services and Expeditionary Services. AAR’s Aviation Services include parts supply; OEM solutions; integrated solutions; maintenance, repair, overhaul; and engineering. AAR’s Expeditionary Services include mobility systems and composite manufacturing operations. Additional information can be found at www.aarcorp.com.
Media contact: Daniela Pietsch, Vice President Corporate Marketing & Communications, at email@example.com or +1 630-227-5100.
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