Lyon, 22th November 2013 - SriLankan Airlines, Sri Lanka's national airline, partners AKKA Technologies, European market leader in the field of aeronautical engineering, to enhance the cabin amenities and interiors of its planes.
The award-winning national carrier that has a route network of 65 destinations in 35 countries ranging from Europe, Middle East to Far East will be joining oneworld global travel alliance early next year.
SriLankan Airlines, Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Kapila Chandrasena said, "SriLankan has always been embracing new technology to ensure utmost comfort and a hassle-free journey to its passengers. It is this novelty together with traditional Sri Lankan warmth and hospitality that enriches the SriLankan experience. Product enhancements such as these will surely play a vital role in the Airline's route to progress."
The project will mainly focus on the Design and Certification of A330-200 planes. Aeroconseil, a subsidiary of the AKKA Technologies Group, will be handling the design and certification of changes to the equipment involved in replacing the seats and the IFE (In Flight Entertainment) installation for Y / C seats for four of SriLankan Airlines' A330-200s. The services provided by AKKA Technologies for SriLankan Airlines include developing the service bulletin and the engineering package needed to carry out the work on the plane, designing, producing and supplying EASA modification kits and certification from the local authorities for the modification, developing updates for the aircraft maintenance documentation and addition operational documents and technical coordination with suppliers for Inflight entertainment and seats.
This contract demonstrates AKKA Technologies' ability to play an integral role in installing new seats and innovative IFE systems for major carriers. AKKA Technologies thus plans to forge a long-term relationship with SriLankan Airlines Sri Lanka's "flag carrier" airline and operator, and to respond to the company's growing needs.
- Innovative cabin design and layout solutions:
The wide range of airplane design and interior design skills boasted by AKKA Technologies and its subsidiaries Aeroconseil and MBtech is based on expertise in: design, digital modelling, assessing interior design concepts, colour & trim and modelling. AKKA Technologies is involved in different innovative space layout concepts as well as work on the initial design ideas for plane interiors.
AKKA Technologies and its subsidiary MBtech use hugely effective viewing technology to suggest different layout configurations incorporating 3D components and electrical elements. The solution interfaces directly with the PDM system (Product Data Management) to access real development and design data. This means that clients can assess the cost of any changes to the configuration immediately, both for the initial design and the reorganisation of the cabin.
- The Dubai agency:
The Dubai agency is keen to become a preferred partner for all projects in the Middle East and Asia. It has been present in the region for 3 years and employs around 90 people. Its turnover reached 3.9 million Euros in 2012 with an estimated income of 7 million Euros for 2013.
AKKA Technologies Dubai has prestigious clients including EADS, SAFRAN, ALSTOM, THALES, MUDABALA and TAWAZUN. The agency boasts a number of areas of expertise, including Aeronautics, Energy, Defence and Rail.
Enjoying a strategic location, this agency will help the group work with its clients on national projects focusing on offshore themes as well as the development of their activities in neighbouring countries.
- AKKA Technologies at the Dubai Show:
The AKKA Group's base in Dubai means that it can respond to growing demands from companies in Asia and the Middle East.
The Group will be making the most of the 12th Dubai Air Show to showcase its technological expertise when it comes to aeronautics, as well as its innovations. It offers a unique, comprehensive range of aeronautical engineering skills: systems, mechanics, documentation, cabin layout, processes and methods and manufacturer client support.
For this show, AKKA's engineers and consultants AKKA have presented the following projects:
- Design and cabin layout innovations.
- The new iPad stand incorporated in the cockpit and developed by the Group
- Smart video surveillance techniques for airport landing areas
Plus all the innovative solutions offered by AKKA Technologies.
During this event, AKKA Technologies has presented its Dubai agency as the closest point of contact for its clients in the Middle East and Asia.
"Our presence in Dubai and the Middle East means that we can be even closer to our clients and respond even better to demands coming from the Middle East and Southern Asia. Our presence at this show is very important for us. It will give us the opportunity to present our more innovative aeronautical achievements," explains Jean-Franck RICCI, CEO Development for the AKKA Technologies Group.
All the innovations presented will help to showcase the areas of expertise boasted by the AKKA Technologies Group in terms of aeronautics and to put forward solutions that could be transferred to different areas of activity.
About AKKA Technologies
"The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
Let's share our passion for technology."
AKKA Technologies, a European Engineering and Technology Consultancy Group, supports major industrial and service sector clients throughout the various phases of their projects, from R&D and design studies to industrial production. Expertise in a range of complementary fields means that AKKA Technologies can offer real added value to its clients in every market segment, including aviation, automotive, space/defence, consumer electronics, telecommunications, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, steel, energy, rail, marine and the service industry.
Market leader in Germany and France in the automotive and aeronautical industries, and thanks to the mobility of its teams and an international position, AKKA Technologies works on projects at the cutting edge of technology all over the world.
The AKKA Technologies Group has more than 11,000 employees and has a presence in 20 countries: Belgium, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, India, Morocco, the Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, the U.A.E., the United Kingdom and the U.S.A. AKKA is committed to building a group turning over 1 billion Euros, more than 50% of which will be outside France.
AKKA Technologies is listed on EuronextTM Paris - Compartment B - ISIN Code: FR0004180537.
Indices CAC® Small, CAC® Mid & Small, CAC® All-Tradable, CAC® All-Share
More information at www.akka.eu
About SriLankan Airlines
SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier for Sri Lanka, is an award-winning airline with a firm reputation as a global leader in service, comfort, safety, reliability, and punctuality. Awards include World's Friendliest Cabin Staff by Skytrax, Best Airline in South Asia from Travel Trade Gazette, World's Most Reliable Operator of Airbus A330s and A340s by Airbus Industrie, and the Etihad Global Excellence Award for Best Regional Caterer. Launched in 1979, the airline's hubs are located at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo and Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport, Hambantota providing convenient connections to its global network (including codeshare partners) of 65 destinations in 35 countries around the world. SriLankan has mutual code share services with Etihad Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Air Canada, Royal Jordanian, Alitalia and Mihin Lanka. Air India and Saudi Arabian Airlines also code share on some of SriLankan Airlines' routes. www.srilankan.com.
SriLankan's entry to oneworld
SriLankan Airlines has been invited to join oneworld and is on track to join the world's leading airline alliance, early 2014. SriLankan will then be flying alongside some of the biggest and premier brands in the airline business - airberlin, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Royal Jordanian and S7 airlines. SriLankan Airlines, renowned for its award winning inflight service and hospitality will be the first airline in the sub-continent to join any of the global airline alliances, thus enabling the flagship carrier of Sri Lanka to offer its customers more services and benefits: such as a wider route network, opportunities to earn and redeem frequent flyer miles on any one of the oneworld carriers. Similarly, the 130 million frequent flyer cardholders of oneworld's member airlines will be able to earn and redeem rewards on SriLankan. Members of SriLankan Airlines' FlySmiLes frequent flyer programme will enjoy privileges and benefits throughout the oneworld network, including, for top tier members, access to 550 plus airport lounges worldwide. SriLankan will also be part of oneworld's most extensive ranges of alliance fares.
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