Emirates becomes the launch customer of ATG’s (Aerospace Technology Group) aerBlade™ window shade, which will be installed in the airline’s upcoming Airbus A350 and Boeing 777X fleet.
The aerBlade single blind system will debut in economy class when the Emirates A350 enters service in 2024, while the aerBlade dual blind system will be offered in business and premium economy class.
With the push of a button, passengers in window seats can adjust the amount of light entering their seats—from clear to completely dark—thanks to the electronically operated aerBlade shade system. To ensure that the window shades are open before takeoff and landing, crew members can use a control panel to automatically lower and raise all of the window shades.
How aerBlade works
Aircraft owners and operators can customize the electronically operated shades on the aerBlade to match their cabin décor schemes, unlike the Boeing 787 Dreamliner’s electrochromic dimmable windows. There is a clear protective lens on the inboard passenger side of the dual and single-blind versions.
Passengers can partially block bright sunlight and still enjoy views outside the aircraft with the dual-shade version, which has a second translucent shade with a tint. In place of the “black hole” effect, ATG claims that when the aerBlade’s opaque shade is lowered, complete darkness of outside light is accomplished and the operator’s preferred pattern is shown in the window aperture.
Future aerBlade models for commercial aircraft, such as the Airbus A330, A321LR, and A321XLR, will be available from ATG. In the third quarter of 2024, a version for the Boeing 777-9 (777X) will be made available.
These choices will broaden the current selection. These days, business jets with small, mid, and large cabins as well as the premium class cabins of some Boeing 777-300ER, A380, and A350 aircraft are equipped with ATG electric window shades.