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STG emergency lighting power for Air Pacific Boeings
STG Aerospace of the UK has secured another order for its WEPPS emergency lighting power system. Fijian airline Air Pacific is to install the system in six Boeings – three 737NGs, a 767-300ER and a pair of 747-400s.
WEPPS has also been selected by Jet Airways of India and Canadian charter operator CanJet, plus a number of other carriers. It promises significant cost savings by replacing the maintenance-intensive lithium ion batteries that currently power emergency lighting systems with longer-life, non-rechargeable lithium sulphur dioxide units and using wireless technology for daily minimum equipment list (MEL) checks.
STG reports that CanJet has saved even more than expected by installing WEPPS in its fleet of four Boeing 737s, cutting the time to recover the investment to less than a year. As well as cutting maintenance costs, the carrier has found that there is a ready market for the displaced previous-generation batteries and their charger packs. “The proceeds from selling the old equipment almost paid for the WEPPS installation,” says Gary Girard, president of STG’s North American operation.
The company has also received the largest order ever for its other product, the SafTGlo photoluminescent emergency floorpath marking system. Thai Airways has selected SafTGlo for all of its Airbus A300-600s and A330-300s and Boeing 747-400s - a total of 55 aircraft.
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