Russian operator Transaero has become one of the first Boeing 737NG operators to transform its aircraft cabins to look like the Boeing Sky Interior (BSI) by using mood lighting only.
The company selected Emteq’s eFIT LED lighting system for installation on 21 737NGs in cooperation with Netherlands-based Fokker Services. A total six aircraft were fitted last year, and eight more will be modified this year, Emteq director – global business development Ed Callahan tells Runway Girl Network.
Launched in 2010, the BSI has been hugely popular with airlines and passengers alike. In addition to offering bins that pivot up and out of the way, sculpted sidewalls and other features, the BSI uses LED lighting in the cabin to give the appearance of a soft blue sky overhead.
Boeing now offers BSI as a retrofit package. But some carriers want to simply imitate the BSI mood lighting on their older 737s without making a big investment in revamping the entire cabin. This is where Emteq and its competitors are carving out business.
Emteq also recently worked on a white lighting Airbus A320 installation, and collaborated with Icelandair to re-create the Northern Lights on the headliner of the carrier’s Boeing 757 fleet.