The leading provider of restraint products to the aviation, defense and ground transportation markets, today announced that its AmSafe Aviation Inflatable Restraint (AAIR(R)) system will be installed on every Business and First-class seat on 19 new Singapore Airlines (NYSE: SGF) Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. This marks the first time a commercial carrier has equipped two full classes of passenger seats with this state-of-the-art aircraft safety system.
"Recent high-profile events involving survivable aircraft accidents, backed up by our own data demonstrating that airbags on aircraft save lives, highlight the wisdom of this decision by Singapore Airlines," said Bill Hagan, president of AmSafe Aviation. "Our agreement with Singapore Airlines demonstrates their commitment to the highest levels of passenger safety, and brings aviation airbag technology to a broader group of airline operators and the flying public. We are convinced that more airbags on aircraft will enhance safety across the industry."
Singapore Airlines, recently honored by Business Traveller Germany as the "Best Airlines to the Far East and the Pacific," will feature the AAIR system on 50 Business and First-class seats on each of its new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
"As seating manufacturers and carriers seek out additional safety measures to enhance aircraft, and as more of the flying public become aware of the increased safety afforded by our AAIR system, it will only be a matter of time before airbag restraints are readily available nose to tail," Hagan said.
The AAIR technology is unique in that, unlike automotive systems, the airbag is integrated into the seatbelt such that when sensors detect an impending survivable aircraft incident the airbag deploys up and away from the seat occupant to protect the head and torso from injuries. In fact, the AAIR system is specifically designed to meet stringent head injury criteria or HIC, a predictive measure of the likelihood of a brain concussion and other injuries typical in a severe aircraft impact.
The AAIR is featured on a variety of seating arrangements on more than 20 commercial airlines around the world, including Air Canada, Virgin Atlantic Airways and Air New Zealand, and has logged millions of flight hours since entering service 2001. For more information on AmSafe and the AAIR system, visit http://www.amsafe.com/.
About Singapore Airlines
As one of the world's premier airlines, Singapore Airlines is committed to providing its customers with the best flying experience, through innovative product and service offerings, as well as by operating a young and technologically advanced fleet of aircraft.
The Airlines has recently introduced a brand new suite of cabin products on its new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft featuring the world's widest First and Business Class seats, as well as the latest eX2 in-flight entertainment system.
Singapore Airlines is also the launch carrier of the Airbus A380 super jumbo, took delivery of the aircraft at the end of 2007.
About the AmSafe Aviation Inflatable Restraint System
The AmSafe Aviation Inflatable Restraint (AAIR) is a self-contained, modular restraint system specifically designed to improve occupant protection from serious head impact injury during an otherwise survivable aircraft accident, thus enhancing the occupant's ability to exit the aircraft. When a crash is detected by the AAIR system's sensors, an airbag built into the restraint deploys up and away from the seat occupant, unlike an automobile airbag that deploys toward the occupant. The AAIR system, which adds just 1.5 to 2 pounds per passenger placement, provides a guaranteed solution for airframe manufacturers, seat manufacturers and airlines to meet the FAA 16g seat retrofit rule.
About AmSafe, Inc.
AmSafe Inc. and its affiliate companies are world leaders in safety and securement products for the aerospace, defense, and ground transportation industries. AmSafe's innovative products can be found on virtually every commercial aircraft in the world and include seat belts, restraints, airbags, cargo and barrier nets, tie-downs, and cabin interior textiles, just to name a few. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, AmSafe operates manufacturing and service facilities across the globe and is committed to providing quality products and timely, cost effective solutions to customers worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.amsafe.com/.