Emirates’ upcoming Airbus A350 and Boeing 777X fleet have been selected as the launch vehicles for a revolutionary type of window shade, coming as standard throughout the aircraft.
The new concept technology, created by Aerospace Technologies Group (ATG), is called aerBlade, and it allows each passenger to adjust their window shade electronically.
With the touch of a button, passengers will be able to choose from a view that is either clear, sun blocking or full blackout.
Cabin crew will also be able to control the entire system of shades, ensuring that they are in the correct position for takeoff and landing.
ATG announced on LinkedIn: “We are pleased to finally announce our partnership with Emirates, the world’s largest international airline. Our aerBlade window shade will be installed in the airline’s upcoming Airbus A350 and Boeing 777X fleet. We are proud to build upon our long-standing relationship with Emirates and have them as our launch customer for the innovative aerBlade window shade.”
A dual shade version of aerBlade allows passengers to block the bright sunlight while still providing viewing outside the aircraft.
ATG is no stranger to the aviation industry. Its electronic window shades are already in use on private jets and in premium class seating areas on some carrier’s 777-300ER, A380 and A350 aircraft.
However, the agreement with Emirates signed at the Dubai Airshow 2023 represents the first time that the aerBlade will be fitted as standard on a carrier’s upcoming deliveries.
The aerBlade dual version will be installed in Emirates’ business class and premium economy class areas, with the single shade installed in economy class.
ATG also plans to have aerBlade options available in the future for A330, A321LR and A321XLR aircraft.