STG Aerospace signed an agreement with Swiss International Air Lines to supply its WhiteHawk LED cabin lighting system for the airline's fleet of Avro RJ 100 aircraft.
“WhiteHawk is a real breakthrough in cabin lighting for us. We carried out a thorough evaluation of all available systems and were delighted with the reduction in maintenance burden and improved cabin appearance delivered by STG’s new cost-effective and much-needed product. WhiteHawk has already demonstrated that it can resolve our reliability issues, and has the added benefit of needing no modification,” said György Filep, aircraft systems engineer at Swiss International Air Lines.
STG said the aftermarket system offers the first "swap-out/swap-in" solution for LEDs which, until now, has proven expensive to retrofit. WhiteHawk requires no modification to the existing ballast units or lamp holders; installation is carried out by simply replacing fluorescent tubes with WhiteHawk LED tubes, the company said.
“Our research showed that the conversion cost was a real barrier to airlines taking up LED lighting solutions. Yet many airlines want to upgrade the interiors of their current fleet to match the appeal of new aircraft. So we developed WhiteHawk to be an affordable, retro-fit LED solution,” said Richard Moore, chief executive of STG Aerospace.