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Article from TNU DECEMBER 2023

Airliner window technology

It is a minor detail for making a flight more comfortable but aircraft portholes (hardly windows) are part of the airborne comfort.

Called a “shade” Emirates’ future Airbus A350 and Boeing 777X fleet have been selected as the launch vehicles for a revolutionary type of window blind, coming as standard throughout the aircraft.

The new concept technology, created by Aerospace Technologies Group (ATG), is called aerBlade. With the touch of a button, passengers will be able to choose from a view that is either clear, sun blocking or full blackout.

Cabin crew will also be able to control the entire aircraft windows ensuring that they are in the correct position for take-off and landing.  

“We are pleased to finally announce our partnership with Emirates, the world’s largest international airline”, said ATG in a statement. "Our aerBlade window shade will be installed in the airline's upcoming Airbus A350 and Boeing 777X fleet. We are proud to build upon our long-standing relationship with Emirates and have them as our launch customer for the innovative aerBlade window shade.” 

A dual shade version of aerBlade will allow passengers to block the bright sunlight while still providing viewing outside the aircraft.

ATG’s electronic window shades are already in use on private jets and in premium class seating areas on some carriers' 777-300ER, A380 and A350 aircraft. The agreement with Emirates, signed at the recent Dubai Airshow, represents the first time that the aerBlade will be fitted as standard on an airline’s forthcoming deliveries. 

ATG also plans to have aerBlade options available in the future for A330, A321LR and A321XLR aircraft.

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