PaxEx: Airbus Trials IoT Connected Cabin Technologies
Airbus has commenced in-flight trials of Internet of Things (IoT) connected cabin technologies on board an A350-900 Flight Lab aircraft, becomes the first aircraft manufacturer to do so.
The platform, known as the Airspace Connected Experience, was unveiled at APEX Expo last year. It will usher in a new personalised experience for passengers and provide opportunities for improving airlines’ ancillary revenues and operational efficiencies.
The Flight Lab is one of the original A350-900 certification flight-test aircraft – MSN002 – and is fitted with an Airspace cabin which now serves as the ideal platform to evaluate the new connected cabin technologies in flight.
The connected cabin ecosystem will enable significant value-adding services including allowing passengers to receive a more personalised travel experience specifically targeted to the individual needs and preferences, based on the available data.
It will also enable airlines to generate additional ancillary revenues through personalised retail and advertisement as well as new services, all enabled by the IoT approach.
Crews will find a better working environment and more efficient tools, digitally enabled by real-time data from the IoT platform throughout the cabin. A mobile smart device will allow crews to monitor and operate all components.
The in-flight tests are part of our customer-centric approach, which began with workshops to create and prioritise innovative concepts, followed by an extensive phase of on-ground testing and customer evaluation of the connected elements.