Airbus Selects HAECO For A320 Family Supplier Option
Airbus announced last week during the Aircraft Interiors (AIX) Expo in Hamburg that it has selected HAECO Cabin Solutions, a division of HAECO Americas and a business unit within the HAECO Group, as its supplier for the Centerline Ceiling Stowage (CCS) compartment linefit option for new A320 Family aircraft. The option will also be available as a retrofit for newer in-service A320 Family aircraft which have the ‘Enhanced Cabin’.
“We are very pleased that Airbus awarded the ceiling stowage contract to HAECO for design and manufacturing for line-fit production and retrofit,” said Richard Kendall, CEO of HAECO Americas and HAECO Group Director for Cabin Solutions. “Being an SFE supplier for the A320, known for innovative cabins of exceptionally high quality, affirms HAECO’s dedication to those same values in our products.”
HAECO Cabin Solutions’ CCS will be offered to Airbus customers through its catalogues for delivery in the first quarter of 2018.
The CCS is designed to hold crew luggage, onboard wheelchairs, life rafts and other emergency equipment, among other items. The compartment is offered in two sizes, and is available in two positions on the A320 and three positions on the A321. The ceiling compartment will be compatible with fixed and pivoting bins, and will also be available as a retrofit option through an Airbus service bulletin modification.
The announcement and signing ceremony were held at the HAECO booth, where a model of the CCS is on display.
HAECO Cabin Solutions’ selection as a supplier of SFE equipment to Airbus is a milestone for the Greensboro, North Carolina-based company, which became part of the Hong Kong-based HAECO Group following the 2014 acquisition of TIMCO Aerosystems. The selection by Airbus results from HAECO’s continued expansion into the Cabin Interiors market at serial production levels, supporting the highest selling commercial aircraft on the market – the A320.