Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems has debuted an in-seat power station to charge portable electronic devices for passengers in flight. The power stations offer three electrical power outputs and four USB outputs in a system that can be customized with features including LED lighting and faceplate options.
United has improved its BusinessFirst cabin, offering fold-flat beds that accommodate taller fliers. This writer praises the service, which also includes a conveniently placed AC electric outlet and USB charging port, noise-reducing headphones, a personal amenity kit, a reading lamp and inviting food.
Business travelers flying between Sydney and Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific will get first crack at the Airbus A330 seats that include a reading light with adjustable brightness, in-flight entertainment controller, universal power outlets and USB ports. Cathay Pacific says the seats will be available on other planes by the end of 2012.
More Wi-Fi availability and new personal entertainment options are ratcheting up demand for power outlets among coach-class passengers, USA TODAY reports. Most domestic airlines offer outlets throughout their premium cabins, but they are exploring ways to keep leisure travelers fully charged, as well. Carriers are installing new outlets and converting old 75-watt outlets to meet the demands of power-hungry devices. Some in-seat entertainment systems also include USB ports that can be used for charging.