This month, El Al’s flagship Boeing 777 provided pilots with the Octaspring® cabin crew mattress, promising better sleep quality while contributing to the airline’s reduction of CO2 emissions.
El Al’s initiative in introducing new sleep technologies on board recognises the vital importance of cabin crew rest, particularly for pilots. Their well-being is a top priority to airlines and rest time on board is vital in delivering excellent and safe service.
With this in mind, El Al was determined to create a cabin crew comfort initiative that would help optimize every minute to get a better quality rest.
The improved sleep quality is expected to be achieved thanks to Octaspring®’s patented foam spring technology, which provides individual support and is 8X more breathable, allowing natural thermoregulation as well as higher comfort levels. Octaspring technology also uses 50% less material in its production, saving up to 3kg of weight per mattress on the aircraft. This weight reduction also leads to a lower CO2 footprint for each flight.
Vanema worked in close partnership with Boxmark Leather to supply the cabin crew mattresses to El Al Israel.
Octaspring® is a patented foam spring technology, which is the first true innovation in the foam industry in the last 20 years. This unique technology combines the support and comfort of foam with the functionality of spring, while using 30% less material. The foam springs are placed individually and move 3-dimensionally, resulting in improved weight distribution, pressure relief and increased comfort. Springs of varying densities can be used in the same layer to create targeted zones, which increases comfort and extends the structure’s lifespan. Plus, the open spring structure provides 8x better ventilation.
Originally used only in Sleep products, which are available in over 30 markets across the world under the Dormeo brand, newly established company Vanema, led by the entrepreneur & owner of Studio Moderna is focusing the development & integration of Octaspring® technology in aviation – principally aircraft seating & cabin crew rest department mattresses.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 757130.