Four Airbus A330 jetliners belonging to Air France will be upgraded with Rockwell Collins’ PAVES Passenger Services System (PSS), which is part of Rockwell Collins’ portfolio of IFE and connectivity solutions under the PAVES brand name. PAVES PSS is a standalone, reading light and cabin crew call system with a USB charging port.
“A big challenge airlines face with legacy reading light and cabin call systems is dealing with obsolescence. With PSS, airlines can rest easier knowing they can meet regulatory requirements and keep their aircraft in service,” said Greg Irmen, vice president and general manager, Flight Controls and Information Systems for Rockwell Collins.
The installation of the new PAVES PSS on its A330s will be undertaken by Air France itself and deliveries of the systems will commence from this month. According to Rockwell Collins, a decision to upgrade existing reading light and cabin crew call systems with PAVES PSS can deliver weight savings in excess of 1,000 pounds, depending on the type of system it is to replace. The new system consumes far less power than legacy systems and also affords reduced maintenance costs as a result of its modern technology.