16.07.2014

SAS becomes launching customer for HelioJet

First aircraft equipped with LED lighting system will fly 2015

Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) and Lufthansa Technik have signed a contract for the delivery of HelioJet, making SAS the launching customer for the new LED cabin lighting system. HelioJet is part of a comprehensive cabin modification program for seven Airbus A330/ A340 aircraft which SAS is executing over the next months.

HelioJet has been designed and developed in a cooperation between the German glass and lighting specialist SCHOTT AG and Lufthansa Technik AG. It has the advantages of LED technology without the color changes that normally afflict ageing LEDs. The latest version, HelioJet SpectrumCC (Color Control), offers a full color RGBW (red-green-blue white) LED system. HelioJet SpectrumCC will be installed and certified in December 2014. The first aircraft equipped with HelioJet is expected to fly in 2015.

"We are excited to present our new long haul cabin for SAS customers in the beginning of 2015, and to be the launch customer for the HelioJet LED lighting system. We always have the frequent traveler in mind, and the innovative HelioJet LED lighting system will be an important feature of our new long haul experience", said Snorre Andresen, Vice President Product Management at SAS.

"We are very proud to win a renowned customer like SAS to launch our HelioJet LED lighting system. This decision puts an industry respected stamp of approval on the innovation provided by HelioJet", said Andrew Muirhead, Vice President and Head of Lufthansa Technik's Product Division Original Equipment Innovation. "The contract with SAS comprises the certification of the new system, the delivery of the light units and a lighting control system and also includes maintenance services. The latter will be integrated in the existing Total Component Support which Lufthansa Technik is already providing for the A330/A340 fleet of SAS, making the technical support for HelioJet as easy as possible for the customer."

Consisting of just a few elements, the system can be integrated into cabins of every size. Heliojet is flexible enough to enable the light to be controlled by the airline cabin crew using an integrated touchscreen with Graphical User Interface. Classic LED systems undergo uneven changes of color during the course of their installations resulting in unpleasant interior lighting conditions. HelioJet avoids this problem with an innovative, sensor-based control system and the variable mixing of light at each diode. HelioJet emits homogeneous light over its entire service life.