Airbus has partnered with Diehl Aviation to offer a touchless toilet retrofit option for its A320 and A330ceo aircraft, which was unveiled recently at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg.
Passengers are more hygiene-conscious than ever as a result of the pandemic. As part of its Health Onboard objective, Airbus seeks to build trust in travel, and the touchless toilet now joins the manufacturer’s other endeavours to create a safer environment on board its planes. Top-down cabin air flows, HEPA filters, and antimicrobial polishes and coatings are among them.
The water faucet, waste flap, toilet lid, and toilet flush buttons all become touchless as part of Diehl Aviation’s touchless toilet conversion. Airbus’ existing and in-development line-fit touchless alternatives are supplemented by the retrofit option.
American Airlines is the world’s largest operator of the A320 family of aircraft. Cathay Pacific, Turkish Airlines, and Delta Air Lines are among the largest A330ceo operators with this retrofit option.
In addition to providing a more sanitary environment for passengers and crew, Airbus claims that “the low weight of the kit, low purchase price, and the same part number for a wide range of Airbus aircraft types, keeping costs and inventory low” are among the benefits for airlines.
The refit is also simple enough that it may be accomplished overnight without requiring the aircraft to be taken out of service for an extended period.
Diehl Aviation is one of the leading suppliers of cabin interiors and aircraft systems and currently employs over 4,000 people. Its clients include Airbus, Boeing, Embraer, and military partners around the world.
“We are very proud to now further strengthen our long-standing trustful cooperation with Airbus also in sales. Jointly with Airbus, we can establish our retrofit solutions for the touchless lavatory even faster and with a broader scope in the market.”Harald Mehring, Chief Customer Officer, Diehl Aviation
Thanks to its partnership with Airbus, Diehl Aviation will now be able to market its touchless toilet through the aircraft manufacturer’s sales channels.
As the industry recovers from the pandemic and investment in new technologies continues, we are likely to see further developments in the future, like the touchless toilet retrofit, that lead to cleaner cabins.