Aircraft Cabin Management

AIX2024: Collins Aerospace and Panasonic launch ‘Maya’ seat

photo_camera Joint project allows for a larger screen than previously possible

Collins Aerospace and Panasonic Avionics Corporation have joined forces to launch a new business class concept suite.

Launched to the press in advance of the opening of the AIX trade show in Hamburg this morning (May 28), the seat, known as ‘Maya’ has been jointly designed to combine the expertise of both companies.

The suite features an Astrova Curve 45-inch ultra-high-definition OLED integrated with a touchpad in the armrest rather than physical buttons. Inbuilt NFC technology meant that the passenger’s phone can be connected to the screen with minimal input from the user.

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The seat itself features haptic motors to provide an immersive experience during films and provides feedback during screen input. New technology apparently allows for the cushion pressure to be adjusted during flight, while speakers in the headrest let passengers listen without headphones.

As the seat is a concept, Collins and Panasonic are gauging reaction from airlines before announcing a production date, although a source told us that the 45″ screen might be certified for production in 2026.

Panasonic Avionics Corporation’s CEO Ken Sain said: “Maya is the product of the leading inflight technology provider and the largest airplane seat manufacturer collaborating to create the future of business class for the next generation of tech-savvy passengers.”

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