April 8 2015  |  Inflight Entertainment

Astronics and SmartTray International team up

By Rick Lundstrom

SmartTray's tray table attachments allow for hands-free viewing of personal electronic devices

Astronics Corporation, announced today that it has entered into an agreement with SmartTray International, LLC to exclusively market, sell, and manufacture SmartTray's new passenger device-friendly aircraft tray table solutions that allow hands-free use of portable electronic devices (PEDs) including smartphones.

The tray tables offer passengers improved ergonomics, better space management, and improved comfort and convenience over conventional tray tables.

"SmartTray's solutions are best-in-class and represent a strong opportunity for Astronics as they are complementary to our leading EmPower(R) aircraft in-seat power systems," said Pete Gundermann, CEO of Astronics. "With our existing industry relationships, proven track record of customer support, and portfolio of over 190 airline customers, Astronics is perfectly positioned to enhance the passenger experience by combining PED power and the convenience of an ergonomic tray table to manage passenger carry-on devices. Under this exclusive agreement, Astronics will deliver SmartTray's patented solutions to airlines and seat manufacturers globally, and airline passengers will enjoy the power and convenience they desire," added Gundermann.

"We could not be more proud to partner with Astronics," said Nick Pajic, CEO and Founder of SmartTray International. "With millions of air travelers using their mobile phones and electronic tablet devices on airplanes for work and entertainment, airline operators are in need of simple, practical, and cost effective solutions that make using and stowing PEDs inflight more convenient and easier. SmartTray products do exactly that.”

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